International Production and Japan, a state of the art study
Purpose and goal
Manufacturing provides an important institutional foundation for enterprises which have importace to countries economic growth. Hence benchmarking some of the manufacturing best practices from industries around the world would help in identifying improvement opportunities and create a competitive environment within organizations. The main purpose of the PhD course “International Production” was to bring out and compare the manufacturing practices from various industries globally with a focus on Sweden and Japan and to provide a documetary report of the results.
Expected results and effects
The project has been completed in 3 phases, beginning in a planning phase where visits to companies in Sweden came to form the knowledge base. The project made it possible for 23 production graduates to observe and gather relevant data both in Sweden and Japan and discuss and disseminate results within the FFI. The project has resulted in a report where the results of the work are described in more detail.
Planned approach and implementation
A group of PhD students from various Swedish universities visited some of the leading manufacturing companies in Sweden and Japan, to provide a comparative study of the manufacturing styles employed in the two countries based on the following focus areas: Digitalization and Industry 4.0 Key Performance Indicators and Sustainability Quality Assurance and Integrated Product and Production Development Research Integration/Institutes Production Processes This report provides a detailed comparision between the two countries.