Improving supply chain management in construction. What can be learned from the aerospace industry?

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In order to provide for controllable delivery, reliable lead times and efficient customer response, lean manufacturing and platform assembly practices play an important role in supply chains in the aerospace industry. The adoption of lean manufacturing practices ensures an efficient delivery of products to the market. Benefits from the development of platform strategies are a more reliable materials supply and an improved logistics control. The aerospace industry is characterized by a small number of major global players and many small ones. A major part of the design and production has been contracted out to suppliers. In this paper the basic similarities and differences between the construction and aerospace industry and supply chains are analysed. A comparative study of aerospace and construction supply chains is presented to indicate and discuss the applicability of supply chain management concepts to construction, and the improvement potential of these concepts regarding supply chain management in construction. It is concluded that in particular the practice of platform assembly is a fruitful concept to be applied in the construction industry.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Annual ARCOM conference, Brighton, UK
EditorsD.J. Greenwood
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
ISBN (Print)09-534-1618-6
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2003
Event19th Annual ARCOM Conference 2003 - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20035 Sept 2003
Conference number: 19

Publication series

PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management


Conference19th Annual ARCOM Conference 2003
Abbreviated titleARCOM 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • METIS-212910
  • IR-86025

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