On March 1, 1993, the German concern BSH (Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte Group), the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe, became a 100 % owner of Gorenje MGA.
Over 30 years, the company has undergone a radical transformation. At the time of the takeover, the factory employed 466 people and produced simple small motor-powered home appliances, clocks and wall scales. Today, the Nazarje plant (BSH Hišni aparati d.o.o. Nazarje) employs 1,800 people, including more than 250 engineers and is the most important small home appliance manufacturing plant in the BSH Group.
To our based home appliances producion they have added Premium appliances such as coffee, built-in coffee, cookit to the basic appliances, which play an important role in the smart kitchen for the future. In 30 years, the factory produced just under 153* million small household appliances (including the production plan for this year).
BSH are more than proud of the 30-year success story of BSH’s operation in Slovenia, and our look forward to development and success stories in the future as well.
Whirlpool’s production volumes took a 5% hit in Q4 because of a “one-off” disruption at an unnamed supplier that has since been resolved, CFO Jim Peters told investors Tuesday. Peters described the firm as a “critical supplier providing a common platform of parts for multiple manufacturing locations and products.” The issue was fixed in mid-January, but the finance chief noted that there were confidential “ongoing discussions” with the supplier, which prevented Whirlpool from sharing additional details about the disruption.Supply Chain Dive MENU menu DIVE BRIEF Whirlpool’s production takes a hit after supplier disruption Published Feb. 1, 2023 Ben Unglesbee’s headshot Ben Unglesbee Senior Reporter The Whirlpool logo is seen on a display of clothes washers and dryers The Whirlpool logo is seen on a display of clothes washers and dryers. The appliance maker’s profits took a $100 million hit after an interruption at a key supplier. Justin Sullivan via Getty Images Listen to the article 3 min Dive Brief: Whirlpool’s production volumes took a 5% hit in Q4 because of a “one-off” disruption at an unnamed supplier that has since been resolved, CFO Jim Peters told investors Tuesday. Peters described the firm as a “critical supplier providing a common platform of parts for multiple manufacturing locations and products.” The issue was fixed in mid-January, but the finance chief noted that there were confidential “ongoing discussions” with the supplier, which prevented Whirlpool from sharing additional details about the disruption.
Dive Insight: While Whirlpool did not disclose specifics, the interruption at the supplier took a toll on the home appliance company’s sales. Net sales fell 15.3% in Q4 and organic sales declined 10.8%, which the company attributed to the supply chain issues.
The disruption, coupled with a previously announced production reduction, also led to a $100 million hit to the company’s profits, CEO Marc Bitzer said on the earnings call.
The hiccup comes after Whirlpool spent two years working to make its supply chain more efficient and resilient amid the many challenges of the pandemic era.
In that time, the company slashed its active parts from 110,000 to 70,000 to reduce complexity in its supply chain, Bitzer said. He added that in the medium-term, Whirlpool management sees a path to getting that number down even further, to “well below” 50,000 parts.
The appliance maker has also “significantly expanded” into dual sourcing, putting priority on high-value strategic parts and components, according to Bitzer.
“But we still have a tail end of lower value parts that are single source,” the CEO said. “This will be our focus in the coming months and years.”
Looking to the year ahead, Bitzer said that “flawless execution of our supply chain” is one of Whirlpool’s top operational priorities, along with “very significant” targets for cutting costs. The company is eyeing $800 million to $900 million in potential cost reductions.
The two goals are closely related. As part of the cost cuts, Whirlpool expects to remove over $250 million in what Bitzer described as “premium costs and inefficiency in our supply chain operations.”
The company also expects cost reductions in raw materials of up to $400 million, with some help from easing inflation.
Whirlpool Corporation is planning to conduct “voluntary, temporary layoffs” at its Marion manufacturing plant, according to a statement issued by the company.
The Benton Harbor, Michigan-based appliance manufacturer recently wrapped up what the company termed as “scheduled down days for all hourly employees” in early June at the Marion plant due to supply chain issues.
In March of this year, production was temporarily halted at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde for the same reason