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Applying lean thinking: a case study of an Indian steel plant

Dhandapani, Vijay, Potter, Andrew Thomas and Naim, Mohamed Mohamed 2004. Applying lean thinking: a case study of an Indian steel plant. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications 7 (3) , pp. 239-250. 10.1080/13675560412331298491

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Abstract

Supply chain management techniques have proved to be a competitive weapon for many companies in a broad range of sectors. Up until recently, published examples of these companies have been based in the developed world. Increasingly, these techniques are being transferred to the developing world to improve competitiveness, particularly within domestic markets. This paper adopts an action research-based methodology to demonstrate the level of gains that can be achieved in such countries. A case study of a steel company is presented. Through the application of some aspects of lean thinking, it is shown that per annum production costs can be reduced by 8% of turnover, while capital equivalent to 3.5% of turnover can be released through the removal of inventory. A lead time reduction of 50% is also achieved.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1367-5567
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:25
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/38647

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