Accenture to buy Stellantis manufacturing arm

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Accenture has disclosed its intention to acquire Stellantis’ World Class Manufacturing training & consulting business to support process optimization in manufacturing and the supply chain.

This acquisition would allow Accenture to integrate the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodology in its solutions to help clients transform their production and supply chain networks to be more efficient, sustainable, and resilient. In addition, the acquisition would bring WCM’s training solutions for increasing manufacturing skills and building a culture of improvement at plants.

WCM is a structure, rigorous and integrated production methodology based on ten specific areas of the production system using appropriate tools to achieve high quality at a global level.

Stellantis’ WCM Training and Consulting competencies have proven foundational in optimizing production at the former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) plants in Italy and around the world over the past 20 years. Additionally, WCM have previously supported companies in the aerospace and defence, automotive, consumer goods, and steel industries, helping them reach high-quality levels of performance in their operations.

Mauro Macchi, market unit lead for Accenture in Italy, said: “The current macro-economic environment has increased the urgency to optimize business processes, particularly in manufacturing and supply chains. We help our clients digitally transform business processes to maintain business continuity, achieve growth and become more sustainable.

“The team of WCM specialists will bolster our capabilities in this area by bringing a certified methodology and over 30,000 best practices to Accenture that can help our clients achieve tangible benefits faster. This approach also aligns with recent guidelines from Italy’s Ministry for Economic Development regarding investments in Transition 4.0 under the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and completion of the acquisition is still subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.