LARG’s research started in the automotive industry, looking at how to make the car production process more efficient and better for the customer. They took inspiration from methods used by Japanese manufacturers, mainly Toyota, who pioneered the lean approach.
LARG’s automotive work focused on two major projects: 3DayCar and 5DayCar.
3DayCar looked at how UK manufacturers could better respond to customers’ orders. The aim was to see if cars could be built-to-order (BTO) and shipped anywhere in the UK within three days.
5DayCar, an EU-funded project in collaboration with 30 automotive suppliers, was an evolution of this.
By applying results from 3DayCar to the European industry, 5DayCar investigated how to optimise the supply chain, and deliver a BTO car across Europe within five days.
The research findings have been shared widely among vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other automotive industry associations. LARG’s work had a major impact on:
- reduction of waste common in previous 'build to stock' production models
- development of an environmentally friendly manufacturing approach
- improved profitability through the reduction of 'inventory' (new cars losing value in large distribution parks)
Read more about the 5DayCar project and its impact.