The manufacturing of transportation equipment such as aircraft, locomotives, passenger trains, and trucks has one of the most complex supply chains imaginable. Its complexity is due to the large variety of products, long production lead times, and increasing storage and transportation costs. Although it seems as if there is no common ground between these industries, there’s certainly a lot that can be learned and implemented from one to the other.
For example, there are many lessons learned from activities as common as those experienced in the automotive industry that can be transferred to something more specific, like the train manufacturing sector. In both cases, storage space and stock periodicity are very important, with a need to transport a variety of parts great distances to the final production line site.
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