Integrating the automotive supply chain: where are we now?


Real world supply chains differ not only in their current standard of performance, but also in the most effective actions required to move each towards world class supply. A generic approach for the identification of the appropriate re-engineering programmes based on the uncertainty circle principle is presented. A total of 20 European automotive supply chains have been analysed via a quick scan audit procedure. The output is a clear portrayal of the present health status of those supply chains. Some 10 per cent of these are performing at the present day level of best practice, with a further 20 per cent within sight of this goal. Specific re-engineering requirements are identified for the remaining 70 per cent dependent on present maturity levels.

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 32 (2), 79-95