Here is some feedback from just a few of our happy customers:

"We are extremely grateful for the project management skills FBC Ltd. has brought into this complex and long lasting challenge. The professionalism and continued commitment over the past 22 months' has made all the difference on the rough route to realisation and Go-Live. We all appreciated Mr Crossman's advice and experience, his high cultural awareness and his open discussions as well as his honed project controlling skills. The co-operation with the ASSA teams across the multi-skilled and multi-national teams has been exemplary. Many thanks again for this!"

Markus B.
Innovations Director
ASSA ABLOY Sicherheitstechnik GmbH - Germany

"FBC was engaged to project manage our huge, time critical investment programme for the production line upgrade. Mr Crossman has displayed strong communication skills and high enthusiasm managing and completing our project successfully on time. A great professional attitude, especially in managing multicultural project teams !"

Dr. Christian J.
Head of Technical Services
CILAG AG - Switzerland

"FBC has been a reliable partner during our stabilisation and turnaround period. I particular liked Gerhard's energy, his enthusiasm and coaching support in rather difficult trading times ..."

Managing Director
Breezepark Ltd.

"Concise, straight to the point, ... worth every penny! ..."

William P.
Financial Director
ABB (UK) Ltd. - LV Products

"...enjoyed the projects we have worked on and particularly enjoyed your enthusiasm, experience and professionalism."

Alastair R.
Operations Manager
DHL (UK) Ltd.

"It was a great pleasure to work with you and my abiding memory of you is how quickly you slipped in with us."

David D.
Principal Consultant
ABB Global Consulting

FBC has "succeeded in saving a business and its 50 work places... Mr Crossman professionally turned the business around ... Read on

Thomas Georg
Insolvency Practitioner
Moenning & Georg - Solicitors


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Interim Site Director: The business PPG Aerospace required leadership support for a stabilisation and cultural change project. PPG is the world's largest producer of paints, coatings and sealants for the Aerospace industry. The plant in the Northeast of England is the only EMEA manufacturing site producing and customising/filling the lquid paint and pasteous sealant materials into smaller containers. FBC Ltd. restored H&S compliance, stabilised the business and sustainably improved the site's performance.

Interim Plant Director: a leadership support and cultural change project with Loparex b.v., the world's leading developer and producer of specialty paper and film release liners. The plant in the Netherlands is one of 2 manufacturing sites in the European Division. We established and executed a huge cultural change and Health & Safety awareness programme to help the business reduce accidents and associated health cost. In order to bolster the supply chain reliability and reduce lead times during the pandemic we facilitated people and process alignment, the organisational development and drove the completion of unfinished activities from an earlier production line expansion project.

Interim Site Director: a 13-months' interim management support and mentoring project with Budich International GmbH, a leading manufacturer and filler of disinfectants and cleaning products. In their Eastern German plant, Budich Production + Contracting GmbH, we implemented a major cultural change and restructuring programme to stabilise the business and improve supply reliability and lead times through people and process alignment.

Interim Senjor LEAN Manager: a 9-months' operational support project with Pfeiffer-Vacuum GmbH, the global manufacturer of vaccum technology and vacuum pumps. After a major process review with value stream mapping exercises a programme was compiled to align people and processes across the business, optimise resources and eliminate non-value adding, unneccessary waste, e.g. applying the methodoloy of "the 7 wastes of LEAN".

Interim Operations Director UK: a 6-months' turnaround project with a global pharma packaging manufacturer with several European paper converting plants for medical cartons and leaflets. FBC Ltd. was called in to stabilise the UK operations with 2 of their 4 UK plants in need of a turnaround in combination with a considerable culture change. The 2 major achievements were implementing the teamwork culture to enable people and processes to be aligned and a major cost savings package. This was implemented to save on raw material consumption and better usage, to reduce waste and increase production throughput at better labour efficiency for 2018 and going forward.

Interim Senior Project Manager: a 22-months' project and change management contract with a global security lock manufacturer. FBC Ltd. rescued a failing multinational project to introduce a new complex security lock range into the EU markets. We guided the business through the completion process of the various unfinished phases from design to serial testing & approval, supply chain set up and implementation and the set-up of the manufacturing facility in Romania.

This successful completion triggered a sub-sequential 14 months' project for the relocation of an entire product range of electro-mechanical locks from Germany to the Czech Republic. We transferred the entire supply chain including 3 assembly lines from their 2 German plants to the CZ plant on time and on budget.

Interim MD & ERP Pilot Project Management: a 7-months' turnaround and OPS improvement project within the organisation of a global liquid packaging manufacturer for bag-in-a-box systems. During this period we also implemented and commissioned the group-wide new ERP supply chain system by QAD.

Project & Change Management: a 9-months' improvement and conversion project to automate a mostly manual production process for medical sterilisation products and double the line output. For the implementation of the 2 new lines an investment of US$ 5m was provided to allow for a complete re-design of the packaging and the acquisition of dedicated state-of-the art packaging equipment for the complex product range. Needless to say that the supply chain had to remain unaffected.

Rescue and Operational Turnaround: a 5-months' transformation project to save a waste handling business from closure and revert the financial loss of 100k per month to a black Zero.

Operational Improvement & Lean Software roll out - a phased 4-year project delivering measurable, sustainable improvements in OEE, through reduction of losses in downtime, quality and speed in over 15 packaging factories across Europe.

Operational Improvement & Lean Coaching project delivering sustainable achievements in OEE, maintenance efficiency, downtime reduction, quality and supply chain excellence.

Several Operational Change & improvement projects with the aim to achieve sustainable Operational Excellence.

FBC provided market intelligence for 2 independent US capital providers in connection with major merger/acquisition project and prepared a due diligence evaluation for several European sites.

Project analysis and appraisal of complex sediment dredging management concept to reverse the sedimentation in the ELBE river

Global market research studies
  • The global demand of plastic caps & closures between
    2005 and 2010 (2005)
  • Developments in Packaging Machinery for Filling (2007)
  • Global Legislation and Regulation on Paper Packaging Waste (2008)
  • Global Legislation and Regulation on Plastics Packaging Waste (2008)

Operational / PBIT improvements and preparation for merger with bed manufacturing group

Strategic analysis and feasibility study for divestment of European manufacturing group in close cooperation with law firm.

FBC provided interim management during insolvency proceedings to secure financial return. Interim Directorship to recover company from insolvency and saving it from liquidation. Completed due diligence and its asset sale / acquisition with new investor group.

Then FBC supported business integration phase alongside the new investor.

Due diligence for leading global manufacturer of printing inks

Compilation and translation of corporate identity and product marketing brochures

ISO 9002 and EN 14001 implemented, FDA approval achieved

Corporate Identity brochure for German Flachglas Group

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