Flexibility Challenges in Automotive Assembly, An Approach to Stay Competitive

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Management & Engineering Linköping University, Linköping


The undergoing adaptation of mass customization, alongside the development and demand for new power trains, is challenging the
manufacturing system of automotive manufacturers. This, in combination with demands from emerging markets and constantly
decreasing product lifecycles, calls for increased flexibility. Based on the research findings, key flexibility types for the automotive
industry were identified as Mix, New Product, Modification and Volume flexibility. To achieve these flexibilities, the mixed model
assembly, modularity and platform strategies are identified as important factors. A generic BOP as part of the platform strategy is
central to enable transferring of production