Is agile manufacturing the right tool for manufacturing SMEs? by Dr. Adel Hejaaji
|Speaker||Dr Adel Hejaaji|
Is agile manufacturing the right tool for manufacturing SMEs?
Though never certain, over the last decade the business environment for the manufacturing enterprise has become increasingly turbulent, characterised by relentless change and increasing uncertainty due to factors that include; globalisation, the emergence of competitors in low-cost economies and cost-down pressures, ever-shortening product life cycles, technological and legislative changes and more exacting customers. In response many organisations have turned to Lean Manufacturing and applied the principles and practices to current manufacturing activity as a way of addressing waste within the system, improving product quality and reducing manufacturing costs in order to remain competitive. Though effective in securing existing business, when applied alone this approach has been shown not address the issue of future activity and for many organisations improvement in productivity and quality has simply led to company down-sizing and ultimately in some cases plant closure.
For over a decade, organisational change experts, acutely aware of these powerful trends, have been talking about the need to develop ‘‘agile’’ companies that anticipate and respond to rapidly changing conditions in ways that effectively manage both technical and stakeholder complexity.
This speech aims to defined the benefits of using agile manufacturing tools in manufacturing SMEs
My speech will focus on the following:
- The characteristic of today’s business environment
- Changes and Challenges facing the manufacturing SMEs
- The definition of agile manufacturing
how can agile manufacturing be the appropriate tool for SMEs
20 - 30 minute presentation
Some Facts about SMEs
The Power of SMEs
The Failure Level of SMEs
Main Failure Reasons for SMEs
Why do we need to be Agile?
Definition of Agile Manufacturing
Agile Manufacturing Concept and Factors
How can agile manufacturing be the appropriate tool for SMEs?
Benefits of Agile Manufacturing
15 Discussion (optional)
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|Last Updated||16 Mar 18:00|