Supply Chain Management at Airbus - Implementing RFID Technology


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Case Code : OPER092
Case Length : 20 Pages
Period : 2005-2009
Organization : Airbus
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Europe
Industry : Aircraft Manufacturing

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Background Note

Airbus was earlier known as Airbus Industrie (AI). It began as a consortium of European aviation companies to compete with American companies like Boeing, Lockheed, and McDonnell Douglas...

Major Supply Chain Initiatives

Airbus’s manufacturing, production, and sub-assembly of parts were distributed to around sixteen sites in Europe with final assembly in Toulouse and Hamburg in Germany. It had centers for engineering design, sales, and support in North America; and sales and customer support centers in Japan and China...

Implementing RFID Technology

Airbus started using RFID in its operations way back in 1997. It applied this technology in its tool loan business where it used to lend certain tools to its customers that were required for maintenance of the aircraft...

The Road Ahead

As of September 2009, Airbus had 1500 suppliers spread across 30 countries. The company was able to successfully reduce 1500 suppliers since 2006. According to its Power8 restructuring plan target, the number of suppliers was expected to come down to 500 by 2010...

Exhibits

Exhibit I: Airbus - Aircraft Families
Exhibit II: Application Framework of Sup@irWorld
Exhibit III: Airbus - Supply Chain Quality Improvement Program
Exhibit IV: A Note on RFID Technology
Exhibit V: Picture of Airbus Vision for RFID Enabled Business Process
Exhibit VI: Major Suppliers of Airbus

 

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