We Improve Operations Performance, Predictability and Profitability

In todays’ world although the economy is improving and the Covid impact is dissipating, the Chemical Process Industry continues to experience disruption and business challenges. Those who survive and thrive will carefully navigate and transform operations to emerge even stronger. Winners will re-imagine the future of work, improve organizational agility and asset longevity, and embrace sustainability.

At Argo we have a proven track record of helping chemical process companies accelerate performance improvement to take their operations to the next level. We are operational performance improvement consultants who know what “good” looks like.  We lead with seasoned  industry experts who work shoulder to shoulder with our clients at their sites to get results. Our industry leading Best Run Chemical Operations Playbook (SM) includes best practices, benchmarks, frameworks and maturity models to quickly identify, prioritize and implement programs to improve operational agility. Our Best Run Assessment Methodology (SM) helps our clients rapidly benchmark, understand gaps and quantify opportunities. Our insights and thought leadership is sought-after by “Chemical Week” where we have written many articles. Our team is passionate about driving sustainable change.

We are proud that we have supported many of the global specialty, diversified and commodity manufacturers in the world spanning the value chain from petrochemicals through intermediates to fertilizers, pesticides, paints, detergents, coatings, catalysts, polymers, pulp & paper and many more. We work across the spectrum from large companies such as BASF, Dow, and Koch Industries, to more specialized companies like Haldor Topsoe, Grace, Trinseo and many others.

Strategy, Frameworks & Accelerators

We excel at revealing powerful and actionable insights to improve profitability, predictability and performance in the heavily regulated asset intensive industries. Our clients continue to say we bring a new way of thinking with fresh ideas and a unique perspective. Our approach includes new systems, tools and processes to provide the required discipline, structure and accountability to help our clients better plan and optimize their assets and run their operations more efficiently and safely.

Capabilities and Services

We lead with proven Best Practices that have been developed by our industry consulting team and our chemical advisory council of industry veterans. These accelerators enable rapid benchmarking and gap analysis to define the improvement opportunity and build a roadmap that includes quick hits. Our implementation teams work closely with our clients to implement the right strategies, processes, behavioral changes and systems to achieve sustainable operational improvement.

Our service offerings include:

  • Operational ExcellenceStrategies and frameworks including operational best practices to understand what “good” looks like and improvement programs to take your organization to the next level
  • Manufacturing ExcellencePrograms to maximize overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and build exceptional operational discipline and capability.
  • Reliability and Maintenance Excellence – Programs to improve maintenance efficiency and reliability effectiveness to significantly increase productivity and maximize asset availability.
  • Turnaround ExcellencePrograms to increase turnaround intervals and methodologies to better plan and execute work. New Command Center approach to tightly manage resources and materials.
  • Capital Planning & ExecutionPrograms to benchmark capital planning and deployment. Best Practices to assure schedule and financial adherence.
  • Supply Chain ManagementStrategies to optimize the network and footprint; including planning, procurement, material movements, warehousing and transportation management (rail, trucking and ocean).
  • Quality ManagementManagement system and systematic approach to continuously improve plant processes and product quality.
  • Safety and Health ExcellenceStewardship programs to improve behaviors, Process Safety Management, employee health and wellbeing with a well-defined governance approach.
  • High Performance OrganizationBest practices to align leadership, embrace a lean structure that reflects the strategic organizational focus, and create a culture where employees are motivated to go beyond the call of duty to achieve the corporate objectives.
  • Digitization Strategy & RoadmapStrategic approach to understand, map and deploy latest proven technologies in operations and supply chain. Strong focus on financial business case to ensure ROI.
  • Advisory, M&A Support and RestructuringStrategic support for deal evaluation, portfolio optimization, acquisition or business exit. Due diligence support for private equity and merger integration best practices to accelerate synergy initiatives.
  • Product Innovation & Value ManagementLeading-edge services capability to improve product development and innovation cycle time, and increase ROI on new products.

Accelerating Value

Our mindset is to help our clients improve EBITDA, right from the beginning we identify the financial opportunities and build a business case. We then drive the improvement initiatives through implementation to achieve and sustain the gains. Our Accelerated Transformation approach includes a series of quick wins along the way to improve financial performance  during the program. We rapidly achieve gains that our clients never thought were possible.

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