British Steel Strip Products has introduced a three-year lean processing programme to improve its supply chain for the automotive industry.
The project brings together the raw materials producer, service centres and press workers in the first fully coordinated network of these three key tiers in automotive supply.
According to Cardiff Business School, which is supporting the project, the limited integration of raw materials manufacturers with component makers and assemblers is a weakness in the automotive supply chain.
British Steel will work with two of its main steel service centres and a group of automotive press workers to address the weakness. They will adopt Japanese strategies and seek ways to remove wasteful practices and improve competitiveness.
Automotive is a growing market for British Steel, with sales to the sector at about 20% of its turnover.