Globalization making major impact on automotive industry

The findings of this study are based upon interviews with automotive manufacturers and suppliers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia

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IDC Manufacturing Insights has announced the availability of a new report, The Assembly Plant of the Future—Restructuring Global Manufacturing to Meet the Challenges of the Global Economy, which discusses the challenges of global manufacturing and how forward-looking automakers are restructuring both design and manufacturing strategies to improve efficiency and remain competitive.

The findings of this study are based upon interviews with automotive manufacturers and suppliers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

According to the report, the automotive industry is undergoing dramatic changes as it copes with new economic realities, seeks to meet shifting demands in consumer preferences, and incorporates new technologies to improve energy efficiency, safety, and comfort.

“The manufacturing of automotives today has not fundamentally changed since 1913 when Henry Ford revolutionized the assembly process by creating the moving assembly line,” said Joe Barkai, practice director, Product Lifecycle Strategies at IDC Manufacturing Insights. “It is clear, based on our research, the manufacturing process must be improved dramatically in order to meet the economic and technology challenges of 21st-century global manufacturing.”

IDC Manufacturing Insights research indicates that the impact of globalization, growing operational complexity and diverse markets and consumers demand that overall manufacturing strategy should shift from economy of scale to economy of scope, focusing on global flexible manufacturing capabilities.

A “design anywhere, make anywhere, sell anywhere” strategy will lead to the formation of a global plant floor. Moreover, automakers will improve portfolio-level planning and incorporate design for capabilities in the design of future vehicles.

No one strategy or approach can meet all these needs and survive the rapid rate of change, the IDC Manufacturing Insights study shows. Manufacturers will have to use a blend of strategies and undertake several process improvement initiatives to realize the architecture necessary to enable the plant of the future.

Among these process improvements are the adoption of emerging IT technologies and operating models – especially in pervasive communication, cloud-based architectures, and mobile devices – which will provide a solid foundation for powering the assembly plant of the future.

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Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

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