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									Oliver Wight Help Mölnlycke Health Care Build a 
Healthy Business
Health care company, Mölnlycke Health Care, has been awarded Class A status by business 
improvement specialists Oliver Wight, after implementing Integrated Business Planning (advanced
S&OP) and almost eliminating forecast bias as a result

November 14, 2011 04:33 AM Eastern Time 

GLOUCESTER, England--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Recognised as one of the world’s great innovators in
the design and manufacture of single-use surgical and wound-care products, Mölnlycke Health Care, has been 
working closely with Oliver Wight in redesigning its business management flows to achieve integration across the
organisation’s complex structure.

As well as improved integration, forecast bias was reduced almost overnight, and all financial reports are now
generated from a single system, removing the potential for divergence of critical planning data. Prior to the IBP
project, the sales team was deliberately creating high forecasts to ensure customer supply, and over-forecasting was
leading to significant inventory stocking. “One of the central pillars to our business culture is customer focus,” says
project director, Don Harding. “I’m immensely proud of that, but it turns out it was driving a significant forecast
bias.” 

Mölnlycke has been awarded the Oliver Wight Class A standard for its Integrated Business Planning (IBP) 
programme: IBP extends the concepts established by S&OP to all aspects of company planning and execution, so
the executive leadership team continuously achieves focus, alignment and synchronisation across all functions of the
organisation. To help establish the programme with the workforce, the company named its IBP programme,
Mölnlycke Business Management (MBM); this proved a significant move in making it personal to the organisation, 
says project director, Don Harding. “It’s had an impact on a lot of people. It’s ours, and it’s how we manage our
business.” 

Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Mölnlycke Health Care has a global reach. With markets in more than 80 
countries around the world, dedicated sales offices in 30 countries and raw materials and parts sourced globally. The
manufacturing operations are spread across six European countries, as well as Malaysia, Thailand and the US. Each
manufacturing site is equipped to manufacture highly specialised products.

“We have achieved a significant milestone, but the journey continues,” says Harding. “We’re now looking at other
aspects of the MBM, including demand reviews, and integrating the product review financials. It’s all about
continuous improvement,” he concludes.

Notes to editors

About Oliver Wight

Oliver Wight has a 40 year track record of delivering business improvement to some of the world’s best-known
organisations. With a team of professionals offering a wealth of experience, Oliver Wight is the largest consultancy of
its type, with offices throughout Europe, North and South America, and the Asia Pacific region. We believe that
sustainable business improvement can’t be delivered by external consultants but only by our clients’ own people, so
unlike other consultancy firms, we transfer our knowledge to them, helping deliver performance levels and financial
results that last.
Oliver Wight are the originators of:

1. MRP II – the planning principles that today underpin ERP and supply chain planning

2. S&OP – sales and operations planning

3. Integrated Business Planning (IBP) – Advanced S&OP

Contacts
Oliver Wight EAME
Carol Collins
carol.collins@oliverwight-eame.com
www.oliverwight-eame.com
or
RONIN Marketing Limited
Steve Lipscombe
+44 (0) 20 3326 5040
stevel@roninmarketing.co.uk
www.roninmarketing.co.uk

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