Location search

How do you find the right location for your production?

Advice on location search and location development

Location, location, location!

Choosing a location is not an easy decision, so it is all the more important to carry out an objective location assessment and comparison to minimize personal preferences and cognitive distortions in decision-making. 

ifp consulting advises you on the location search and the location construction. Whether you want to relocate your production and reduce costs, create additional capacities or increase proximity to your sales markets – we offer you the right support. We advise you on the selection of a location and actively support you in setting up your new production facility or your logistics centre.

Are low wage costs, good infrastructure and the level of training tailored to your needs relevant to you? If you would like to use these locational advantages for your company’s global footprint, we would be delighted to help you.

Location selection with a large search radius and local specifics

For a long-term successful location decision, it is necessary that all company-relevant location factors are taken into account in the decision-making process and that the right balance of macro and micro factors is chosen. The search radius must not be narrowed down too quickly, but at the same time, local peculiarities should still be taken into account.

That is why we have developed a two-stage process that resolves this conflict of objectives. The ifp regional database enables us to fall back on the bundled experience from all of our plant and logistics planning and determine the most promising target regions on a company-specific basis. Then we carry out a detailed analysis of the special features on-site.

We’ll support you in finding and setting up a location

  • Selection of the relevant location factors
  • Labour costs, logistical connections, cut-off times
  • Location search with the ifp regional database
  • Determination of suitable production or relocation volumes
  • Conception of the site scope
  • Planning of production facilities and logistics centres
  • Logistics planning and distribution concept
  • Conception of value and material flow
  • Implementation support and start-up management
New location for your production and logistics

Regional database as the basis

The decision-making process in practice 

Our practical knowledge from over three decades of consulting ensures that the business case for your location is watertight throughout the entire process. Once the location decision has been made, the new location must be implemented promptly and within budget. We are happy to support you in all phases of setting up the location. 

  • Availability and prices of land and real estate
  • Availability of subsidies
  • Indicators for the availability of qualified personnel (e.g. through graduates and courses from universities and vocational schools)
  • Companies and contacts in the region
  • Planned infrastructure and development measures

Right region for your location

Consider location factors

The ifp regional database allows us to draw from the bundled experience from all of our European plant and logistics planning and determine the most promising target regions on a company-specific basis.

Fast initial localization of potential and optimal regions

The ifp regional database is an in-house developed tool that was specially designed for location searches. The focus is on the pre-selection of regions, taking into account all company-relevant location factors. The tool draws on ifp empirical values as well as statistical data and thus offers a broad data basis.

Location search customer example


Industry automation sector

In order to supply the European markets, a new production site for cable harness assemblies was sought in Eastern Europe for a leading industrial automation company.

Project goal

The rapid ramp-up of a new production site in a preferred region that meets the customer’s requirements.  


From the location search to planning, tendering, ordering all production and logistics equipment to monitoring the renovation and relocation, including ramp-up to operations.

ifp’s approach

Carrying out a comprehensive micro-analysis of possible locations in terms of cost structure, logistical connections, staff availability and the surrounding infrastructure.


Elaboration of a selection of suitable locations taking into account the geographical, logistical and personnel requirements.

Standortoptimierung Kundenbeispiel


Sun protection industry

From the five existing production locations, the optimal location for the delivery centre was determined for a medium-sized company that manufactures roller shutters, external Venetian blinds and textile screens.

Project goal

When determining the location of the delivery centre, the focus was on reducing transport costs and improving the service level.


Based on the actual process and the customer requirements, the modelling provided a transparent comparison of the transport and wage costs of the respective location options.

ifp’s approach

With the help of the ifp tool “traffic cell planning”, a model was derived for the definition of delivery areas and for mapping the transport relations, the material flow, the product structure and the demand.


On the basis of the model adapted to the company, the number of distribution centres and recommendations for action for the location were transmitted.

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