Only the most agile automotive companies will survive when faced with the often-conflicting demands of increasing globalisation such as resilience, shorter product life cycles and increasing customer expectations.
Analysts predict that most growth in the industry will come from markets such as India, China and Eastern Europe. Because of this, just-in-time manufacturing is encouraging car companies to locate their assembly plants in or near their major markets, bypassing trade barriers.
Automotive lean production techniques
Lean production techniques are reducing the cost of producing small cars and making it easier for car companies to change models quickly in response to changing customer tastes and new technology.
In this environment, key issues for parts provision, whether for aftermarket or production, include:
- Sourcing and deploying parts on a global basis
- Global warehousing facilities
- Maximising line side space through lean flow and off-site value-add activities
- Responsive supply chain management throughout the product life cycle
- Reduced inventory costs, while preserving service levels
- Maximising parts availability at point of customer demand
Value Stream Mapping
Our Value Stream Mapping approach creates a visual representation of material and information flows. A competitive edge in today’s market, this is the first step in building a value stream that is free of waste and has the shortest lead times with the lowest inventory possible.
With a rich heritage, deep understanding of the automotive sector, and a unique combination of logistics, manufacturing and consultancy skills, Unipart Logistics has helped customers to create world-class operations.