Reshoring and additive manufacturing

MORADLOU, Hamid and TATE, Wendy (2018). Reshoring and additive manufacturing. World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 7 (3), 241-263.

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    Abstract

    Since the mid-20th century, offshoring of manufacturing facilities has gained significant popularity because of the opportunity for cost reduction. However, there is evidence that shows that offshoring strategies may not be beneficial for the organisation's manufacturing activities and may increase the cost of ownership. There appears to be a tendency to reverse offshoring and begin reshoring manufacturing back to the country of origin. This paper focuses on the applicability of additive manufacturing (AM) as a supporting technology for increased reshoring to the UK. This manuscript focuses on theory elaboration, bridging the new generation technologies to the reshoring movement in the UK. This research identifies six potential areas where AM can have impacts on supply chain of reshoring companies to make them more responsive: shorter lead-time, responsiveness to the product and market changes, lower transportation costs, fewer miscommunications with the suppliers, more customisation options, fewer products stored in inventory. Copyright

    Item Type: Article
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Art and Design
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1504/WRITR.2018.10014280
    Page Range: 241-263
    Depositing User: Carmel House
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 15:36
    Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 11:03
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22283

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