This action of Japan is as expected, they being a well planned country. Supply chain in advance would have worked on ideas for them to rise if any natural calamities occur. Now it gets a little easy for them to plan their supply chain management from where they have already thought and work on the same platform to return back to the same levels in production as they were previously. If any other nation would have been in such a critical one they would have taken a longer time when compared to Japan. Its a great relief to know the change.
"The fact that OEMs are helping to shoulder the burden in this area is a positive development"
It's a great sign to see the conditions in Japan are getting better. An important lesson to learn from the incident is the fact that there is a strong link between the manufacturers and the OEMs. It's important that both of them collaborate together to strengthen the supply chain and keep it smooth. Had the OEMs not been so cooperative with the Japanese manufacturers, such a speedy recovery may not have been possible.
It is great news that the electronics supply chain in Japan is running strong and appears to have gotten past the disaster without too many problems. It is going to be a long and tough road for the automotive business. With the gas prices sky rocketing and many people looking to buy new fuel efficient vehicles, this delay in production is bound to not only hurt the auto companies, but also hurt the consumers who can't buy the vehicles they want.
Although it may take some time for Japan to reach production levels to where they were before the disaster, it is good to hear that production has restarted and that the electronics supply chain is agile enough to bounce back more rapidly than most had expected.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.