Complying lean principles at a traditional site - the Leanfield approach of Opel in Rüsselsheim

Complying lean principles at a traditional site - the Leanfield approach of Opel in Rüsselsheim

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The purpose of this paper is to evalua te the decision of Adam Opel AG to restructure its production site at RA¼sselsheim according to the so-called Leanfield approach. Therefore, a theoretical framework containing key principles of lean production and pointing out the importance of cooperation as a prerequisite for their implementation has been built up. Then the steps that led to the formulation of lean principles at General Motors, Opela€™s mother company and the realization of the Leanfield approach in RA¼sselsheim are examined. The results are that Opel succeeds in complying with lean principles in the new RA¼sselsheim assembly plant but that the Leanfield approach can not be perceived as generally applicable solution as it was due to the specific circumstances Opel faced at the existing RA¼sselsheim site. 2 Motivation As the automotive industry is heavily dependant on effective manufacturing and supply processes to create advantages in an environment of intensive competition, future trends in logistics and supply chain management are likely to evolve in this industry. Therefore, we chose the restructuring of the Opel plant at RA¼sselsheim to examine a novel approach to implement lean manufacturing at a traditional production site.The purpose of this paper is to evalua te the decision of Adam Opel AG to restructure its production site at RA¼sselsheim according to the so-called Leanfield approach.


Title:Complying lean principles at a traditional site - the Leanfield approach of Opel in Rüsselsheim
Author: Christian Müller, Helge Voldsgaard-Rasmussen
Publisher:GRIN Verlag - 2004-11-20
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