Build To Order: The Road to the 5-Day Car

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Glenn Parry, Andrew Peter Graves
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 23, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 438 pages
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Over the past 100 years the European Automotive Industry has been repeatedly challenged by best practice. First by the United States, through the development of ‘mass production’ pioneered by Henry Ford and more recently by ‘lean production techniques’ as practised by the leading Japanese producers, particularly Toyota. It has consistently risen to these challenges and has shown it can compete and even outperform its competitors with world-class products. However, the European - dustry is now faced with growing competition and growth from new emerging low-cost countries and needs to re-define its competitive advantage to remain at the forefront of the sector. Automotive growth is driven by two factors, new m- kets and new technologies. Global competition is increasing, with technology and product differentiation becoming the most important sales factors, but with c- tinued cost pressure. Within the market the winners will be more profitable and the losers will disappear. The Automotive Industry makes a significant contribution to the socio-economic fabric of the European Union. Manufacturing output represents €700 billion and research and development spending €24 billion. European automotive suppliers number 5000 member companies and represent 5 million employees and generate €500 billion in revenues. These are significant figures that generate wealth and high value employment within the EU. European firms must consistently improve their competitive position to ensure that the industry does not migrate to growing new markets.

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Introduction and Overview
The Evolution of Competition in the Automotive Industry
Impacts Trends and Open Issues
Current Issues at OEMs and Suppliers
Management and Practice Within
The Modular Body
Modular Concepts and the Design of the ModCar Body Shell
Complexity Cost Management
Modelled Scenario Examples for Planning and Execution
A BTO Reference Model for HighLevel Supply Chain Design
Rapid Supply Chain Design by Integrating Modelling Methods
Moving Towards BTO An Engine Case Study
into BTO Concepts
Network Design for BuildtoOrder Automotive Production
Exploring Motivations and Barriers
Automotive Supplier Park Strategies Supporting BuildtoOrder

Key Principles of Flexible Production and Logistics Networks
in Supply Networks
Collaborative Execution Processes
Current Situation
Managing the Transition to the 5Day Car in Europe
The Road to the 5Day Car
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Glenn Parry is a senior research fellow in the University of Bath's School of Management (UK), having joined the university after working for the UK Lean Aerospace Initiative, WMG and the University of Warwick (UK). He is participating in the EU Intelligent Logistics for Innovative Product Technologies (ILIPT) project, which explores the feasibility of producing and delivering a bespoke car within only 5 days. His research interests include enterprise transformation and the move to service; application of lean and agile thinking, and development of practice, within automotive, aerospace and construction contexts; and enterprise resource planning systems.

Andrew Graves is Professorial Fellow, Management of Technology, also at the University of Bath (UK). He has worked as development engineer and team manager in the world of Formula 1 and 2 racing, and from 1985 he was part of the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex (UK). He is a member of several professional bodies, including the Aerospace, Innovation & Growth Team, DTI; the Automotive Innovation & Growth Team, DTI; and the SMMT Motorists Working Group.