Blog: Dave LeggettFlexible manufacturing

Dave Leggett | 22 August 2003

Just been reading an article about flexible car manufacturing in the US - the Honda plant in East Liberty, Ohio that builds the small Civic and not-so-small Element SUV on one assembly line. This, we are told, is the way of the future. Mixing and matching multiple models on one line will allow car makers to respond more quickly to changing demands and tastes - gone will be the US one factory, one car concept.

Of course, there's nothing really new in this industry. Thirty years ago, in a far off land down there in the Suuth Pacific, there was a CKD assembly operation that used to have visiting car engineers from overseas wide-eyed in amazement. On just one line, the plant's highly-skilled workers would simultaneously build the Toyota Corolla, Datsun 1200 and 1600, Renault 12, Peugeot 504 and the Rambler Rebel.

That's flexible manufacturing.

Have a great weekend. Dave's back in the chair on Monday.

Graeme Roberts


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