Complex supply chains
Manufacturing is facing increasingly complex supply chains. Rapid response to market developments and changes in demand are the driving force.
Globalization, larger product offerings, mass customization, shorter lead times, and on top of it cost-out are key topics that have crossed many manufacturing businesses in recent years.
Next generation manufacturers
The ability to deal with several of these challenges simultaneously has shaped businesses into next generation manufacturers. For many manufacturers this has put additional pressure on their supply chain. Suppliers have been critical in accommodating the dynamic shift of resources and activities to facilitate the changing market conditions.