How do industrial operations impact product development? In the first episode of Capgemini’s 2024 Leaders in Innovation miniseries, Capgemini Engineering VP and CTO for Manufacturing and Industrial Operations Ramon Antelo speaks with Alantra Operating Partner Juan de Navascués Benlloch about Juan’s career in product industrialization, including his biggest failure due to missing quality and time targets. The conversation emphasizes the importance of in-house expertise, a resilient and convinced team, and separating innovation cells from daily operations. Learn best practices for ensuring the right team is assembled and motivated throughout new product development, and considerations for introducing industrial innovations.

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Show Notes

  1. Underestimating required talent and knowledge can lead to failures in new markets/products/technologies.
  2. Learning from failures is important for future success.
  3. Combining too many new elements (process, materials, market) increases risk of failure.
  4. Better preparation and competitor knowledge improves second chances.
  5. Resilient and convinced teams are key for success.
  6. Inspiration can come from similar products in other industries.
  7. Regular monitoring of milestones by top executives prevents delays.
  8. Considering all sectors as potential solution sources avoids narrow thinking.
  9. Separating innovation cells from operations allows focus on innovation.
  10. Assembling diverse and skilled teams improves innovation approaches.
  11. Long-term technologies require understanding of different cash flow impacts.
  12. Deployment teams are needed to expand innovations across companies.
  13. Supply chain factors are important in decision making.
  14. PMs should evaluate full added value and potential reach of supply chain.
  15. Short-term and long-term technology impacts differ and require different approaches.
  16. In-house expertise and knowledge bolsters new technology adoption.
  17. Motivated individuals working together effectively drive results
  18. Top management support for “use your brain not my wallet” drives innovation.
  19. Regularly reflecting on time to market prevents late product entry.

About the speaker
Juan de Navascués Benlloch Alantra, Operating Partner Member

Head of Leading Companies in Auto Industry Suppliers. Mid to large size 400 to 1000 employees and 100 Mio € turnover. Roles also in Operational Crossover Functional Projects. Last achievement : more tan 3 times former sales and capacity I found out in the company in less than 8 years, even facing two major crisis in the meantime. Double digit profits, succesful management of both crisis and success times. Leading hundreds of persons to a common goal. Specialist in Lean + Industry 4.0 on Industrial Operations Optimization, new Markets generation trough either new products or new customers. Got over last year Prizes as top1 in Industry 4.0 among relevant number of companies. Top rated in all Quality, Productivity, Inventory and financial KPIs in all the companies I have been lucky to steer , always supported by excellent teams made out of enthousiastic and professional people.

About the host
Ramon Antelo Capgemini Engineering, VP and CTO for Manufacturing and Industrial Operations

For the last 25 years, I have been helping companies improve their industrial performance to ensure a better future for their employees, shareholders and customers. My experience includes Spain, US and most European countries (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Turkey). Especialidades: Supply Chain Improvement, Productivity Increase, Quality Improvement, Lead Time Reduction, Cost Reduction

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