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The Business Case of Digital Spare Parts Supply Chains
Tuesday 13 September | 09.00 — 10.30 | Hall 1
Industrial supply chains are under pressure. In August 2021, Toyota Motor Corporation suspended output at 14 plants in Japan due to supply chain disruptions. In the same month, more than 50% of interviewed companies by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) expected widespread supply chains disruption to persist into the next years.
Over 2020 and 2021 the pandemic highlighted the limitations of traditional manufacturing and has proved to be a pivotal transition point for certain sectors of manufacturing. It appears that Additive Manufacturing will effect global supply chains in the following basic ways: 1) increased sustainability, 2) demand response requirements, 3) removing location and geopolitical constraints, and 4) enhanced collaboration. Traditional manufacturing impedes innovation, sustainability and supply chain resiliency and it is not surprising that US engineers across industries ranked AM as a top technology priority for investment post-COVID (Society of Manufacturing Engineers).