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Build Smart, Lead Strong | Oliver Theiss - Andonix - Supporting Michigan’s Small Manufacturers

Build Smart. Lead Strong.
October 20, 2023 6:00 PM

Andonix_Color_LogoIn this fourth episode of the relaunched 'Build Smart, Lead Strong' a trio of guests share two segments each. The batch is wrapped up with Oliver Theiss, a seasoned executive with a rich history in the automotive and technology sectors; and serves as Chief Revenue Officer, of Andonix.

Hear Oliver join Elizabeth in this conversation about expanding Andonix's footprint to support Michigan’s small manufacturers through their affordable and highly innovative AI solutions., in this two-part interview in the SoundCloud PodCast shared below!

For their discussion Elizabeth covered several things with Oliver; especially how Andonix connects your team to their management, work, training, and to each other through user-friendly mobile technology. In this segment you’ll hear from Oliver Theiss, CRO with Andonix, about how their AI-powered co-pilot is transforming manufacturing operations into a digital powerhouse, driving productivity and promoting a safer, cleaner work environment. Andonix serves a diverse global manufacturing customer base, including John Deere, Krispy Kreme, Stellantis, Philips Lighting, Bocar, NASA and more. Through Michigan’s Industry 4.0 initiative, they’re expanding their footprint to support Michigan’s small manufacturers thorugh their affordable and highly innovative AI solutions.

Andonix: Technology solutions that serve the needs of frontline workers, improve operational performance for our customers and promote the advancement of sustainable development goals.

Andonix began as a necessity to fix the structural problems that arise from an almost universal lack of data at front-line worker dependent operations. For 20+ years we lived through manufacturing hell (way before Elon Musk tweeted about it when launching the Model 3), brought upon by archaic paper-based processes that have driven industrial inefficiencies worth billions of dollars for decades.

Andonix (inspired by the Toyota “andon cord” system and the transformation brought upon by Apple’s iphone) set out to transform the way leaders can empower their frontline workers in a matter of days, through Industry 4.0 mobile ready technology, to achieve a true competitive edge through new levels of operational excellence.

More about Theiss... 

As the co-founder and CRO of Andonix, a Detroit-based Industry 4.0/AI technology company, he brings significant expertise in business development, global expansion, and the ability to build portfolios, growth, and profitability. Oliver has an established track record in corporate mergers, restructurings, divestitures, and joint ventures in different countries, including the USA, China, France, Mexico, and Brazil.

Prior to Andonix, Oliver served as the Director of Global Assemblies Business at General Cable Industries, a Fortune 500 company. Here, he showcased his leadership by merging businesses, managing international manufacturing plants, and restructuring operations to save costs and boost profitability. Under his guidance, the North American business unit saw its revenue nearly double, and he played a pivotal role in the divestiture of the automotive division.

Oliver's journey with Prestolite Wire, LLC, a US automotive parts supplier, further underscores his expertise. Starting as an Account Manager, he quickly climbed the ranks to become the Director of Sales & Marketing. His tenure at Prestolite was marked by strategic expansions into China, securing multi-million-dollar contracts, and leading negotiations for the sale of the company to General Cable Industries.

His early career includes roles with Noma Corporation and Brembo, where he managed significant portfolios and acquired international experience across multiple countries.

Oliver holds an MBA from Wayne State University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM), where he graduated with honors.Did you like this post? Sign up and we’ll send you more awesome posts like this  every week.

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Build Smart. Lead Strong., hosted by Elizabeth Bernhard, highlights the innovative work being done by Michigan manufacturers. She talks with small manufacturers all across Michigan, in rural communities as well as urban that are building smart and leading strong. Industry experts share how they are supporting small manufacturers to innovate, pivot to capture new opportunities, and stay on a growth path.
Elizabeth also wishes to thank Jennifer Deamud, her predecessor in both the Executive Director's role and for her three years as host of this MBN program.

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Additionally a special thanks to Joseph Derrick Marshall-Mosley for providing the music for this program. You can find more of his work at Apple Music: