Much of current management literature focuses on a limited set of 'classical' value levers, such as cost reduction, sales optimization or mergers & acquisitions, thus neglecting another core value lever: capital investments. That capital investments receive such limited attention is all the more surprising when one considers how vitally important they are to the economy as a whole as well as individual businesses. There is significant value-creation potential in optimizing capital investments. Investments not only determine the asset structure of a venture. They also enable the introduction of new products structural cost reductions. The book focuses on core questions to be answered in the critical design and realization phase of new investments:
Right positioning - does the competitive situation allow the investment to be successful
Right technology - how to optimize timing and risks of technology innovations
Right timing - how to cope with economic cycles
Right size - how to identify the optimum size of an asset
Right location - how to find the best location for an asset
Right design - how to make investments lean and flexible
Right financing - how to structure the investment financing
The book features an introductory section that provides an overview of investments across the globe, across industries and across time provides practical advice on how to allocate capital to several projects within a company's investment portfolio.
Optimising Fixed Asset Investment is illustrated with real world examples from a range of industries. This book is essential reading for managers faced with challenges of making individual or portfolio capital investment decisions and who are responsible for managing these capital assets over their entire asset lifecycle. The ideas put forward within the book will help to sharpen the focus of management on the impact capital investments have on the well-being and growth of their companies.
Optimizing Fixed Asset Investments is a strategic manual for everyone involved or interested in large fixed-capital investments.
Hauke Hansen works as a production manager for ASML in Veldhoven (NL). Prior to his current job he was an Associate Principal in McKinsey?s Dusseldorf office. He served high-tech, telecom, logistics and telecom companies and supported several multi-billion dollar investment projects. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Konstanz and was a Fulbright-scholar at the California Institute of Technology. Wolfgang Huhn is a Director in McKinsey's Frankfurt office. He primarily serves clients in the high tech industry as well as in energy. Wolfgang is a member of the Business Technology Office where he leads the industrial sector in Europe. He also leads the European Product Development Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey, Wolfgang studied electrical engineering and physics in Aachen and UK and obtained his PhD in Physics from the RWTH Aachen. From 1998 to 2000, Wolfgang was the CEO of a VC-backed company.
Olivier Legrand is a Partner in McKinsey's Paris office. He serves clients in the transportation, steel and aluminum industries as well as in consumer goods and energy. Olivier co-leads McKinsey's global capital productivity group. Prior to joining McKinsey, Olivier spent four years with Air France in marketing research, marketing and sales positions. Olivier holds an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Daniel Steiners is an Associate Principal in McKinsey's Dusseldorf office. He serves clients in electric power and chemicals across Europe and North America and is a co-leader of McKinsey's European capital productivity group. Daniel received a diploma in business administration from Muenster University and a PhD in management accounting from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
Thomas Vahlenkamp is a Director in McKinsey's Dusseldorf office. He serves clients in the coal, oil, gas, power, and chemicals as well as transportation industries. Thomas is the sector leader of the Energy and Materials Practice in Germany and a member of the leadership group of the European Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice. His educational background is in polymer chemistry. He holds a degree from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH) and a doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.