Automotive Distribution Supply Chain Transformation

The Three Day Car Programme

The 3DayCar Programme took place from 1999 to 2001. The research was carried out by three institutions – the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, the School of Management at the University of Bath and the International Car Distribution Programme – and supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, plus some 20 industrial sponsors drawn from all areas of the new car supply chain.

Collaborators involved:
Sponsors:
Autologic, BEA Systems, Cap Gemini, Ernst and Young, Department of Trade and Industry, Ford Motor Company, GKN, Goldman Sachs, Honda Europe, Inchcape, Institute of Logistics and Transport, Keane, Lean Enterprise Implementation Group, Lancaster, Machine Tools Technologies Association, National Franchised Dealers Association / Retail Motor Industry, Federation, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Pendragon, Peugeot Motor Company, Richard Lawson Autologistics, Quicks, TKA Body Stampings, TI Automotive, Vauxhall Motors, Volkswagen, Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Research Team:
Matthias Holweg, Simon Elias, Ben Waller, Mickey Howard, Joe Miemczyk, Peter Hines, Geoff Williams, Andrew Tongue, John Whitehead, Malcolm Harbour, Dan Jones, Anthony Greenwood.

Introduction:

Aim

To establish how the automotive supply chain could move from a predominantly ‘stock push’ system to one that built most cars to customer order and delivered them within short lead times – promising significant benefits to manufacturers, suppliers and customers.

Overview

3DayCar is a vision of a system in the UK where every customer receives a car produced exactly to specification and delivery date. Building-to-order in short lead times offers a double prize: eliminating supply chain stock and the reliance on retail discounting

The programme has resulted in practical benefits for sponsors resulting from the strong focus on ‘re-engineering’ processes to meet this 3-day challenge. The initial programme, concentrating on the design of short lead time build-to-order systems has now changed to the demonstration of how this may be achieved and attracted new funding from the automotive industry to continue this important initiative.

The programme has resulted in practical benefits for sponsors resulting from the strong focus on ‘re-engineering’ processes to meet this 3-day challenge. The initial programme, concentrating on the design of short lead time build-to-order systems has now changed to the demonstration of how this may be achieved and attracted new funding from the automotive industry to continue this important initiative.

Programme Highlights

Her Majesty The Queen is presented to the 3DayCar Programme at Cardiff University, with Professor Roger Mansfield, Professor Dan Jones, Professor Peter Hines, and Geoff Carr of Ford of Europe

Programme Video

The programme was summarised in a 25 minute video, featuring many of the researchers and sponsors (view below).

 

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