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Manufacturing in Networks - Competitive Advantages for Virtual Enterprises

Netzwerkproduktion - Wettbewerbsvorteile für Virtuelle Unternehmen
: Sihn, W.; Rist, T.; Tutsch, H.-J.

Hamza, M.H. ; International Association of Science and Technology for Development -IASTED-:
Control and Applications. Proceedings of the Second IASTED International Conference Control and Applications
Anaheim, CA: ACTA Press, 1999
ISBN: 0-88986-253-2
International Conference Control and Applications <2, 1999, Banff, Canada>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Netzwerkproduktion; virtuelles Unternehmen; Service Center; life-cycle; kleine und mittlere Unternehmen; Small and Medium-Sized Companies; Fertigung; Unternehmensplanung

Global competition is characterised by different regional production factors and varying demands on the product function, quality and performance. Success is no longer solely determined by consistent market orientation but is becoming increasingly dependent on regional contributions to production and employment. Crucial success factors are co-operation, the availability of components, the use of existing infrastructure, etc. Thus, many companies are intensifying international production capacities or shifting their existing capacity to foreign markets to sell their products both at home and in international markets. With this strategy, global market-oriented networks are formed in which independent partners each contribute their core competencies. The article describes certain approaches to activate the performance potentials necessary for global competition. Virtual enterprises, such as co-operating networks, enable a close-to-the customer production system which is characterised not only by proximity to the market but also by extremely flexible capacities and short shipping times. For SMEs, this provides the unique opportunity to participate in global competition and use this opportunity to their maximum advantage. This article aims not only to identify the advantages associated with the creation of a virtual enterprise, but to present ways to create a succesful virtual enterprise, namely by supporting virtual enterprises through a service and management centre which offers help throughout all stages of the life cycle.