The paper "The Australian Automotive Industry " is a good example of a management case study. The Australian automotive industry was once vibrant and big industry. However, the Australian automotive industry is at the verge of extinction due to the competitive pressure it faces from car makers from other countries, such as Japan and the U. S (Dowling par. 1). However, because Australian automotive industry is still promising and can be revamped, the automotive company that I work for was founded just recently in Melbourne, Australia and is engaged in the design and manufacture of passenger cars.
The automaker also manufactures spare parts for automobiles that it sells to the entire world. However, in order for the automaker to succeed in the industry, it has to ensure that it has an efficient logistics and supply chain system, has an effective production system, considers mass customization, adopts suitable simulation software and ensure lean manufacturing. This report will begin by highlighting how the automaker’ s logistics and supply chain system compares with other firms in the industry. The second part of the report compares Toyota’ s production system as it was in the 80s and today and the lessons that the automaker can learn from Toyota’ s production system.
The third part of the report will examine the implications that mass customization might have on the automaker. The fourth part of the report will recommend the various software options that would suit the company. Lastly, the report will highlight how lean manufacturing can be of benefit to the automaker. Logistics & Supply Having an effective and efficient logistics and supply chain system is critical to the success of automakers (Bennett and Klug 1281).
Because of this, the automaker is committed to building an effective and efficient system to ensure that the company has the materials it needs for the production of its cars, as well as ensure that its final products are distributed on time to its customers. The first thing that has emerged from the automaker is that, like other car manufacturing firms, such as Ford, the automaker depends on thousands of suppliers that supply it with the parts, materials and services required to make its final products.
For instance, whereas Ford Motors has suppliers numbering 1,260 (Bennett and Klug 1282), the same applies to the automaker that relies on about 1000 suppliers for its parts, materials and services. However, the automaker ranks low in terms of sustainability of its supply chain management compared to the rest of the automakers in the automotive industry. Today, most automakers have adopted sustainable logistics and supply chain management by sourcing responsibly and reducing emissions linked with their processes and logistics. For instance, Toyota has been declared one of the most Green Brands in the automobile industry because it has been in the forefront in adopting sustainable processes and logistics that has seen the Japanese automaker reduce its carbon emissions significantly (Bennett and Klug 1284).
The same applies to other giant automakers, such as Ford, General Motors, Honda and Rand Rover-Jaguar all of which country cuts their emission by adopting sustainable logistics and supply chain. Therefore, the automaker should consider adopting sustainable logistics and supply chain management system if it is to compete effectively with the rest of the automobile manufacturers in the world.