Thorsten Schleyer

Associate Partner, Munich, Germany

Thorsten Schleyer works as an Associate Partner in the Munich Office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. So far he has worked for clients in the Automotive, Machinery, and Plant Engineering industry. He is a member of McKinsey's Advanced Industries sector and co-leads McKinsey's European Machinery Initiative.

While working within these industries, he focus on strategic topics like growth, profit improvement, and product portfolio. Furthermore he also works on operations engagements focuing on product development themes like Design-to-Value in project business, R&D and egnineering efficiency, and modularization transformations. Thorsten has served clients in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Before joining McKinsey, worked for BMW AG, MAN Diesel & Turbo AG, and MAN Truck & Bus AG. He holds a diploma degree in mechanical engineering with focus on automotive engineering from the Technical University of Munich.

Publications

Taking the Pulse of Europe’s Machinery Sector: Part 5—The Global Context

The fifth and final installment of McKinsey’s series on the European machinery industry examines the challenges and rewards awaiting sector players in other markets. One critical finding: The European industry’s traditional weaknesses in areas such as digitization could amplify the advantages of competitors in the US and China.

Taking the Pulse of Europe’s Machinery Sector: Part 4—Organizational Change

Increasing future volatility seems likely in Europe’s machinery industry, straining traditional organizations to the limit. Part 4 of our series on the sector digs into what it will take to build an agile organization capable of dealing with tomorrow’s challenges.

Taking the Pulse of Europe’s Machinery Sector: Part 3—Shifting Growth Patterns

Part 3 of our series on the European machinery industry examines the changing growth patterns that are emerging as more players seek growth beyond their core businesses. With more competition and stagnating demand, most companies recognize the need to take action beyond traditional strategies.

Taking the Pulse of Europe’s Machinery Sector: Part 2—Digitization

While many machinery industry players in Europe have made digitization a priority, their expectations and goals differ. Part 2 of our series on the European machinery industry takes an in-depth look at the impact and potential consequences of the sector’s digitization efforts.

Taking the Pulse of Europe’s Machinery Sector: Part 1—Introduction

Delivering 12 percent of European business value and employing nearly 3 million people, the region’s machinery industry is a legitimate profitable growth success story. Part 1 of our four-part series describes the accomplishments of this important sector.

Developing a Standard R&D Cost Model

As the pressure on product development organizations grows due to more demanding customers, proliferating product lines, and new digital feature requirements, the need for accurate project planning has never been greater. By introducing a standard cost model, companies can improve their ability to estimate R&D project costs and plan resource allocations by product and location.

Two Plants, Two Paradigms—Both in China

To find out what sets Chinese and Western manufacturers apart when it comes to production approaches and mindsets, McKinsey has studied both at plants located in China.

Home Grown: Best-Practice R&D Transfer

Achieving uniformly high performance levels across R&D teams remains an elusive goal for many automotive and assembly players. Rather than seeking external benchmarks that might not resonate with an organization’s culture, companies can look within to identify and transfer best practices.

Mechanical Engineering—A McKinsey A&A Extranet Series on the Backbone of the German Economy (Part 5)

Germany's profitable power transmission engineering industry outperforms the nation's mechanical engineering industry average.

Mechanical Engineering—A McKinsey A&A Extranet Series on the Backbone of the German Economy (Part 4)

Part four of our series on German mechanical engineering examines the country's textile industry, which faces unique challenges going forward. Discover how textile machinery manufacturers stack up against other industries in Germany's mechanical engineering sector.

Mechanical Engineering—a McKinsey A&A Extranet Series on the Backbone of the German Economy (Part 3)

Success patterns and trends in the food processing and packaging machinery industry reveal actions that companies can take to achieve faster growth and higher profitability.

Mechanical Engineering—a McKinsey A&A Extranet Series on the Backbone of the German Economy (Part 1)

Working with the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Association) McKinsey & Company has developed a comprehensive perspective on Germany's mechanical engineering sector. The article gives an overview of the overall study results and provides an outlook on further deep dives that will be published in the upcoming weeks.

The Future of German Mechanical Engineering

McKinsey & Company and the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Association) have published a comprehensive report on German mechanical engineering that assesses the financial health of companies that participate in this important space. Download the full report to understand what companies need to do to find success in the future. 

Profiling Brazil's Automotive Industry

From a production and competitive standpoint, Brazil's automotive market will substantially change in the next five years. Learn why despite the uncertainties that lie ahead (or perhaps because of them), OEMs that are prepared to face these coming disruptions should clearly be able to gain significant market advantage.

Granularity of Growth in the Automotive Industry

Automotive leaders seeking profitable growth face unique challenges and should craft distinctive strategies that harness the industry's specific growth drivers. McKinsey & Company's Granularity of Growth analysis reveals that for automotive companies, where you play drives much more growth than how you play.