Investigation on Additive Manufacturing as an enabler for reshoring manufacturing activities

MORADLOU, Hamid, SAWHNEY, Rapinder, BACKHOUSE, Chris J. and MOUNTNEY, Sara (2017). Investigation on Additive Manufacturing as an enabler for reshoring manufacturing activities. In: EurOMA Conference 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1-5 July 2017. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The recent phenomenon known as re-shoring, has gained momentum among developed countries. It is also evident that the new generation of technologies such as Additive Manufacturing (AM) and intelligent robotics can affect the manufacturing location decision. This study aims to investigate how AM can help companies to re-shore manufacturing activities. Three in-depth case studies are conducted where AM is used as primary manufacturing approach to reduce the number of suppliers and shorten the supply chain. The results show that companies can reduce transportation, lead-time, inventory and substantially improve customisation, meanwhile accommodate product changes as well as process changes in production.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Depositing User: Hamid Moradlou
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2017 13:48
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 13:57
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16265

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