Supply Chain Matters provides our global supply chain news capsule follow-up, a revisiting of prior developments related to supply chain management as well as themes that we have highlighted for readers. Updates relate to Rivian automotive, Expeditors International and Toyota.
Evidence That Bold Semiconductor Supply Decisions Provided Competitive Difference for Certain Automakers
Supply Chain Matters continues with industry specific supply network updates with published reports that certain global automaker’s bold decisions to maintain semiconductor supply commitments in 2020 have been a competitive differentiator.
The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights a report in indicating how Toyota has modified its just-in-time processes to factor certain supply network risks including the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.
In early April, global automotive manufacturer Toyota indicated that it would offer free access to the company’s hybrid gasoline-electric patents through the year 2030. The move is a strategic effort to influence the market and protect the supply network.
In a sidelight blog to our unveiling of 2018 predictions for industry-specific supply chains, Supply Chain Matters amplifies current actions that amplify the transformation of electrically powered vehicle supply chain landscapes in 2018 and beyond.
There is another supplier quality conformance scandal involving a major Japan based supplier, Kobe Steel, and this time, the implications could involve multiple industry supply chains.
The Toyota-Mazda U.S. Manufacturing Plant Announcement Must Factor a Changing Industry and Geo-Political Environment
Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor recently announced joint plans to build a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant somewhere in the United States. Beyond the current industry and or politically motivated speculation as to where this plant will be ultimately sourced and built are today’s new realities of major industry supply chain sourcing decisions, including fundamental power-train value-chain differences and an uncertain geo-political environment.
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