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 (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for faster decision-making such as pattern recognition for visual inspection, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for repetitive tasks such as material planning, as well as perfecting processes to bring defect rate closer to the breakthrough target of 1 ppb, one defect per billion opportunities or 0.001 DPMO.