Industrial Cost Optimisation

A common perception we have about industries that are high in value, such as semiconductor and electronics, will generate high returns. Unfortunately, this isn’t true across the board. While there are companies reaping net profit as high as 60%, there are also companies that is just struggling to stay afloat. Business strategy is essential for a company to do well, besides having the advantage of selling differentiated and excellent product and services. One key element in a good business strategy is the ability to optimise the business spending culture.

Cost optimisation is a necessity for all companies, both big and small. Though it may not be a magic wand that turns a failing company into a profitable company, it is a wand that will differentiate a great company from good companies. These days, many companies are moving away from the traditional cost-cutting and cost reduction measures during market downturn. Such “desperate and urgent” measures will normally have a long-term negative impact to businesses. Instead, great companies are putting in place cost optimisation methodologies into their businesses, and this will be more systematic, holistic, sustainable and effective, with long term positive impact to the business. It will be a continuous improvement culture that will influence the business is a positive way.

In this course, participants will get to explore the cost optimisation methodologies used by great companies. This course specifically focuses on how companies can optimise its materials spending, equipment maintenance spending as well as energy required for production. The latter is particularly pertinent based on the fact that the Singapore Government is looking into the implementation of carbon tax. 

 This course will help participants establish and manage cost optimisation system that will track projects throughout its implementation phases.


The objectives of this course are to guide everyone in the industry to understand the importance of reducing necessary spending and systematically eliminating unnecessary spending. All cost-saving measures covered in the course will be based on technical engineering data analysis as well as statistical evidence. Companies should not be left in ignorance of wasting our limited resources. 


The course is suitable for all companies, including MNCs and SMEs, and strongly recommended for personnel from any department. Cost optimisation is not only for cost drivers in the company but also everyone from engineering; to suppliers; to accounting; to human resources as they should be equipped with the knowledge on cost optimisation to excel in their career.


Day 1

1. Tracking of Cost Optimisation projects gain

2. Understand the differences between MNCs and SMEs

3. Techniques on materials optimisation

  • Mass/ Volume balance
  • Variance analysis
  • Sensitivity to utilization
  • Heatmap application
  • E-bidding and clean sheet application

4. Techniques on upkeep cost optimisation

  • 6 Rs methodology
  • Contracts application
  • Localization for alternate supplies
  • Change/ Risk management
  • Repair center setup


Day 2

1. Utility savings technique

  • Gold nuggets
  • Best known savings
  • Self-funding (ROI introduction)

2. Energy savings

3. Experience sharing on specific utility projects

4. All other possible Cost Optimisation opportunities in the company

*The course will be conducted through:

(a) Coach-led lessons

(b) Practical application of techniques through individual and group activities

(c) Discussion and reflection of participants’ real-life experiences




    CT Chung has been in the semiconductor industry for the past 35 years. He worked in MNCs like General Electric, GlobalFoundries and Applied Materials, and was involved in 5 Fabs start-up in GlobalFoundries from tool evaluation phase till the production phase. He helped to establish the Cost of Ownerships Model for the company when he was with Chartered Semiconductors. In the last 5 years of serving GlobalFoundries, he was the Head of Program Management Office that led Cost Optimization program to extend the company’s profitability.