Chemical Industry Consulting

Guiding chemical companies through
the current crisis with transformative
value chain solutions

Transforming Chemical Industry Value Chains

RESPONDING TO UNPRECEDENTED PRESSURE

Rising prices for raw materials and energy, coupled with weak demand and ongoing political turmoil, have made the landscape tough for the chemical industry. Enhancing efficiency and cutting costs have become essential to remain competitive. Our chemical industry consulting practice is dedicated to helping you implement sustainable strategies to address these challenges. Strategies that not only optimize your value chain processes for efficiency and performance but also seamlessly integrate digitalization and AI technologies. With Camelot’s comprehensive expertise, you can navigate today’s challenging environment and prepare for the future while staying ahead of the competition.

Chemical Industry Consulting
by Camelot

Camelot’s chemical industry consulting services encompass the entirety of operations in the global chemical industry. Whether it involves value chain performance optimization for upstream base chemicals producers or improving supply chain resilience for downstream specialty chemicals players by integrating cutting-edge technology, we are here to help.

With our end-to-end chemical industry consulting capabilities, we are equipped to guide chemical companies every step of the way. From developing transformative strategies and streamlining value chain processes to ensuring the sustainable implementation of state-of-the-art chemical industry technology solutions, you can rely on us for expert guidance.

How We Help Clients

Camelot’s chemical industry solutions fine-tune how the operating model aligns with the business model and goals. Our value chain optimization services cover the end-to-end process chains of order-to-cash, including logistics, plan-to-produce, and procure-to-pay. Clients can benefit from comprehensive expertise combining a deep understanding of chemical industry value chains with excellent technology know-how. Here are some of the key capabilities of our chemical industry consulting practice:
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Revamping your operating model

The evolving business environment and the complexity of global supply chains necessitate a review of your operating models and supply chain networks. Camelot assists you in redesigning, creating, and implementing tailored process and network designs that perfectly match your requirements

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Streamlining chemical industry value chains

We offer comprehensive guidance in streamlining your value chain and bolstering supply chain resilience. Through sophisticated impact simulations and in-depth analysis, we provide insight into potential bottlenecks and vulnerabilities within your operations. Plus, we develop ready-to-implement roadmaps for immediate execution.
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Improving resource efficiency

In today’s market dynamics, improving supply chain planning takes on even greater significance. Leveraging the latest planning methodologies and profound system expertise, we assist you in maximizing capacity utilization.
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Increasing operational excellence

Increasing organizational resilience requires clear process and role descriptions for efficient operations. Camelot’s chemical industry consulting team helps you tackle existing gaps and ensures everyone understands their tasks. We conduct skill assessments and offer tailored training recommendations and plans. Additionally, we capture individual expertise and transfer it into your system through customizing of processes and system design, including master data settings. With approaching retirement waves, this is becoming increasingly critical.
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Crafting your value chain strategy 2030

The most efficient companies typically adhere to an overarching roadmap for their strategic improvement program, including digital transformation. Leveraging our expertise in value chain management, we work with you to craft a roadmap encompassing network, processes, tools, and organization. This ensures your competitiveness in the years ahead.
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Driving chemical logistics readiness

Enhancing supply chain visibility is key to increasing the resilience of your logistics and transportation processes. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies like RFID, IoT sensors, and blockchain, we help you significantly reduce the risk of disruptions of your material flows. With advanced analytics and AI, Camelot’s chemical logistics experts streamline your logistics processes, warehouse networks, and transportation routes, making your supply chain event more robust. Our sustainability experts guide you in cutting carbon emissions through strategies like multi-modal transportation and eco-friendly packaging materials.

Working with Industry Leaders

Here is a selection of chemical companies that have benefited from our expertise.
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Take advantage of Camelot’s deep value chain expertise in the chemical industry and our track record of partnering with leading industry players. Contact our Chemical Industry Consulting Practice today to learn how we can transform your value chain.

Your Contacts

Jörg Schmid

Principal Supply Chain Management and Operations Chemical Industry

Ulrich Wetterauer

Partner Value Chain Design & Configuration

At Camelot, chemical industry consulting encompasses a range of services tailored to the specific needs of clients in the sector. This typically involves advisory on various aspects of chemical industry value chains, including operating model and network design, improvement of supply chain planning and operational efficiency as well as digitalization strategies, application consulting, and technology integration. Our consultants work closely with clients to understand their unique challenges and goals, providing expert guidance and support to help them navigate market complexities, capitalize on opportunities, and achieve sustainable growth and competitive advantage in the dynamic chemical industry landscape.
How can digital transformation benefit the chemical industry? Digital transformation has numerous benefits for the chemical industry such as optimizing operations, enhancing supply chain resilience, and driving performance and innovation. Automation and data analytics streamline processes, while real-time tracking and predictive analytics improve inventory management and demand planning. IoT drives the vertical and horizontal integration of planning within chemical companies and along the value chains, while digital platforms enable personalized customer engagement. Additionally, advanced analytics helps to identify opportunities for sustainability and regulatory compliance. Digital transformation enhances risk management by predicting and mitigating operational and market risks. Overall, it boosts competitiveness, agility, and resilience.
Camelot’s chemical industry consulting focuses on value chain management. We help our clients analyze and optimize all stages of the value chain, from suppliers to customers. Our comprehensive approach ensures the achievement of benefits and synergies, particularly across different functional areas. Our chemical industry consulting team identifies and helps you capitalize on opportunities for performance improvement, cost reduction, and value creation. Ultimately, optimizing the value chain enables chemical companies to achieve sustainable growth, competitive advantage, and customer satisfaction.
In recent years, the significance of supply chain management (SCM) has greatly increased in the chemical industry. Supply chain services are now recognized as pivotal in creating value, with SCM playing a crucial role in addressing emerging global challenges. Overall, supply chain optimization significantly impacts the chemical industry by reducing costs, enhancing efficiency, and improving reliability. Streamlined processes and data-driven analytics minimize operational expenses and resource wastage. This ensures consistent product availability and timely deliveries, boosting customer satisfaction. Additionally, by identifying and mitigating risks, such as raw material shortages and geopolitical instability, supply chain optimization enhances resilience.
The chemical industry is witnessing several key trends. Rising costs of raw materials and energy, alongside subdued demand and persistent political instability, stand out prominently. Sustainability is another key trend, with a shift towards eco-friendly processes, renewable resources, and circular economy initiatives. Concurrently, digital transformation is revolutionizing operations, as companies embrace AI, and other technologies for enhanced efficiency, transparency, and analytics. Regulatory compliance remains a critical focus, driving companies to adhere to stringent standards. In Europe, soaring energy costs and uncertain prospects are dampening investment activities and posing mid-term challenges to the effective functioning of the typical “Verbund” structure.
Chemical supply chain management entails overseeing the end-to-end processes of sourcing, manufacturing, transporting, and distributing chemical products. Given the complexity and safety considerations inherent in the chemical industry, supply chain management also involves ensuring regulatory compliance related to the handling, storage, and transportation of chemicals. A successful chemical supply chain management strategy hinges on integrating it seamlessly with the overall operating model, creating a design that aligns with the business units’ objectives while balancing efforts, costs, and customer satisfaction.
Typically, strategic planning begins with analyzing the external environment, considering market trends, regulations, technology, and competition. In the chemical industry, key drivers include environmental concerns, circular economy, decarbonization, regulatory pressures, and digitalization. Adjusting business models requires adapted operating models. Given the industry’s asset-heavy nature, supply structure poses challenges for adaptations, often prompting divestment or M&A strategies. Supply chain network design and supply chain management processes must align with strategy objectives stemming from the revised business models.
Camelot’s consultants help clients build a comprehensive improvement roadmap. The first step in creating this roadmap involves reviewing the business model and assessing its compatibility with the future business and competitive arena. The next step includes aligning the operating model, with a focus on supply chain and production capability, ensuring they can handle the required complexity and meet market demands. This assessment typically encompasses processes, organization, and systems, considering benchmarks and best practices. Subsequently, Camelot’s consultants select gap closure measures and consolidate them into a roadmap outlining the transformation steps over time, including resource requirements and a benefit estimate.
As an energy-intensive industry, the chemical industry has long started to develop efficient processes. Today, the development of sustainable solutions follows two routes: either replacing fossil production inputs like raw materials and energy or achieving higher sustainability in the downstream value chain. When it comes to the former, any product development will have to be based on a solid understanding of customer segments and their respective willingness to pay for green solutions. The latter approach typically includes a structured process that starts with pinpointing areas for improvement areas, leveraging specific chemical expertise.
The focus areas for optimizing the supply chain should be aligned with strategic supply chain management (SCM) objectives as derived from the business model. A consolidated view of end-to-end processes is crucial for sustainable value chain optimization across production sites and regions. Supply and distribution network optimization cuts inventory and logistics costs. SCM efficiency requires clear processes, interface management, and roles integrated across operational, tactical, and strategic levels. Real-time visibility and data-driven analytics drive performance management. Modern planning solutions balance inventory levels and service levels. Digital twins analyze supply network risks, enhancing supply chain resilience.

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