Lean, just-in-time principles remain essential for suppliers

Suppliers face ever greater pressure from automakers, but smart manufacturing and better interplay between factories will help. By Xavier Boucherat

The evolution of lean, just-in-time production in the automotive industry has enabled automakers to get to grips with enormous challenges, but it is arguably their suppliers which accomplish some of the most impressive feats of all: today’s tight standards mean that some have mere hours to see an entire manufacturing process through, from order to delivery at an automaker facility….

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