14 September 2017
Interview of Craig Allen,
WHS Regional General Manager at GEFCO UK
The automotive supply chain is under a deep transformation. All challenges affecting the Automotive industry also impact the supply chain including digitalisation, customer experience, mobility, autonomous cars, electric cars, the changing face of the retail market etc….. Today, one of the main challenges is the increase in model choices alongside decreasing vehicle architecture. To be effective, OEMs deploy a new approach often referred to as the KSK process which requires a new logistics approach, “3PL sequencing”.
OEMs provide a wide range of customer options and this leads to an upsurge in the number of wiring configurations. With individual harnesses, for an instrument panel (say), the requirement to support a large number of customer options may demand thousands of possible variants. This is impractical - instead, companies define a range of harness “modules”, that support one, or several customer options. These modules are then combined at the vehicle assembly stage to provide the exact configuration requested by the customer – an approach often referred to as the KSK process.
At the end of 2014, GEFCO UK was involved in the launch of a new solution for commodity sequencing in support of the JLR plant in Halewood, Liverpool, UK.
KSK (Customer Specific Harnesses) was an innovative approach to the OEM and for the supply chain it requires a new demanding approach: 3PL sequencing with a high level of process control and management.
The management and control of Synchronous (Just In Sequence) commodity flows requires the development of specifically adapted IT tools, advanced lean methodology, process excellence and precision at all times. GEFCO has developed proven abilities in all types of Synchronous Flow Management with specific success in the highly complex field of KSK (Customer Specific Modules) applications. The ability to stabilize the supply chain and protect the end customer, regardless of the changing environment, is where GEFCO adds real value to its partners.
In Halewood we have implemented a GEFCO 3PL sequencing program. The main features are:
Thanks to the 3PL sequencing program, our customers and suppliers benefited from many advantages:
I would say without doubt: Supply Chain Collaboration and Transparency. It’s the best way to reach cost effectiveness and performance.