Full Service Provider
Bulten is one of the few players in
Europe that offers complete responsibility throughout the value chain for fasteners,
from product development to final delivery to the customer, and has extensive experience
in managing complex full service contracts for the automotive industry.
Fasteners are high-volume components in
terms of the amount of variants and units, resulting in very complex handling
in both purchasing and logistics, so the customer has much to gain by
entrusting Bulten with full responsibility. As an FSP supplier to the
international auto industry, Bulten provides services in all areas of
development, verification, quality assurance, documentation, production and
logistics. Thanks to its FSP concept, Bulten can take responsibility for all fasteners
for an entire platform, model or factory throughout the value chain.
Projects are based on a close collaboration
between engineers from Bulten and the customer. The technical specifications and
blueprints are optimized based on the unique conditions in each situation. The
process is controlled from the start in accordance with the APQP model
(Advanced Product Quality Planning), which means that the quality of all the
components is considered to ensure that the prototypes are consistent with products
that enter series production.
Being an FSP provider requires exceptional
organization and coordination ability. The handling of a large supplier base to
meet the total demand for fasteners is often very complex because there are
many variables to consider that affect administration and cost.
Bulten’s work as a global FSP supplier
creates opportunities for vehicle manufacturers to free up their own resources
and capital. When a vehicle producer integrates activities with a Full Service
Provider that has extensive industry knowledge it makes internal management of
projects related to fasteners much simpler.
Bulten produces a large part of the
components in-house and it is very important to understand and control the
manufacturing process. Having its own production skills combined with good
knowledge of the global supply base allows Bulten to select the right suppliers
for the products Bulten does not produce itself. In many FSP projects it’s not
just a matter of stocking and delivering a range of fasteners, but also
coordinating components among different suppliers, delivery locations, processing
phases, storage hubs and customer receivers. The challenge in this type of large
global project is to ensure that deliveries meet customers’ high demands on
cost, quality, delivery performance, volume and product range.