Designing a better factory:
automotive suppliers producing commodity products need to win on cost and scale, find new niches, and go beyond the automotive core. And those in highly differentiated segments need to lead performance innovation and find a new path into the future (Deloitte). Insights from the Lean Factory Audit (LFA) and “factory of the future” workshop help those automotive suppliers making better strategic choices now to stake out an advantaged position from which to compete in the future. Main topics include shortage of skilled labor in Japan, further integration of key suppliers into the overall value chain, digitalization of material and information flows, artificial intelligence and machine learning for faster decision-making, robotic process automation, as well as perfecting processes to bring outbound defect rate closer to one-per-billion (1ppb or 1000 DPMO).