A French car manufacturer launched the production of autonomous shuttles for one of its clients.
Innovation is very important in this niche market. There were few technical obstacles but there were strict requirements in terms of lead-times as regards integrating vehicle modifications as quickly as possible.
Indeed, the shuttle’s functions and equipment were constantly evolving.
While ensuring the integration of these modifications, the aim was to double the production rate and adjust the stock and the supplies of the various product families as well as possible, while keeping in mind that some of the parts required very long supply lead-times (9 to 10 months) and that there was a wide variety of product families (bodywork, wiring harnesses, electronic equipment, sheet metal work, etc.).
The challenge was therefore to absorb the various developments while ensuring the coordination of purchases, a prerequisite to ensure a smooth-running production process.