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f+h Intralogistics 4/2016

f+h Intralogistics 4/2016

EDITORIAL Partnership

EDITORIAL Partnership must not become a farce Global Excellence for Intralogistics After “Dieselgate”, automaker VW has recently been faced with “Supplier gate.” What happened? Two suppliers stopped providing components and many of the car maker’s lines promptly came to a stop. And little wonder, since manufacturers are producing fewer and fewer automotive components themselves and the number of parts in stock in the warehouse has been reduced, not least because of There’s more to partnership than just the business management dimension strategies like just in time and just in sequence. So when the supply chain breaks (for whatever reasons), the ultimate catastrophe can barely be averted. The problem in this particular case was aggravated by the situation that VW was relying on one sole supplier for a certain part. There’s no doubt that single sourcing brings many cost advantages because of the large order quantities, but it can also become an Achilles’ heel, as it did in this case. It seems self-evident that price negotiations would be quite harsh, given the asymmetry of power – on one side a global enterprise, on the other a medium-sized supplier. But the universally lauded partnership approach for participants in the value-added chain is actually essential: After all, good suppliers don’t grow on trees. Maybe that’s the lesson to be learned from the spat between VW and the two suppliers. Belt Curve LineSplitter VertiSwitch® Strip Merge 1-4 November 2016 We‘ll exhibit. Hall B1-1, German Pavilion Winfried Bauer Editor-in-chief (w.bauer@vfmz.de) RollerMerge Spiral Chute Bendy Boom SOVEX, now a TRANSNORM Company www.transnorm.com