Supply planning in the South African automotive industry

29 Aug 2008

Supply planning in the automotive industry is a vital ingredient for supply chain integration. The role and function of a supply planner, although clearly defined in European developed methods, lacks the practical dimension. This paper describes such a practical approach that was developed for supply planning in the South African automotive industry. The framework highlights all the aspects – from a business and functional perspective – that need to be considered on a global and local scale. The framework describes the role and responsibilities of the supply planner as an active supply chain designer during the product/production development process.