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Extended multi-customer supplier parks in the automotive industry

: Sihn, Wilfried; Schmitz, Klaus


CIRP Annals. Manufacturing Technology 56 (2007), No.1, pp.479-482
ISSN: 0007-8506
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPA ()
automotive industry; logistic; supplier park; Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM); Zulieferindustrie; Zulieferpark; Automobilindustrie; Logistik

One great challenge for OEMs is to manage the complex supply processes. In order to reduce this complexity, they could integrate large suppliers into so-called Automotive Supplier Parks. In the end, large suppliers would have many small one-to-one plants in Supplier Parks with low economies of scale and high costs. This paper illustrates the key problems of traditional Supplier Parks and presents a new solution: the concept of Extended Multi-Customer Supplier Parks (MCSP+). Requirements, logistic processes and structures will be explained. Furthermore, the paper will present an approach to integrate suppliers in an MCSP+ that are not located in a Supplier Park.