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|Title: ||Responsiveness, the primary reason behind re-shoring manufacturing activities to the UK: an Indian industry perspective|
|Authors: ||Backhouse, C.J.|
|Issue Date: ||2016|
|Publisher: ||© Emerald|
|Citation: ||BACKHOUSE, C.J., MORADLOU, H. and RANGANATHAN, R., 2016. Responsiveness, the primary reason behind re-shoring manufacturing activities to the UK: an Indian industry perspective. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, forthcoming.|
|Abstract: ||Purpose: Due to today’s volatile business environment companies have started to establish a
better understanding of the total risk/benefit-balance concerning manufacturing location
decisions of their component supply. The focus is now much more on comprehensive and
strategic supply chain issues rather than simply relying on piece part cost analysis. This has
led to an emerging trend called re-shoring. The aim of this paper is to understand the primary
motivation behind the re-shoring strategy in the UK and investigate the factors that influence
this decision from Indian industries perspectives.
Design/methodology/approach: The analysis of the paper is based on interviews conducted
in the UK and India (State of Tamil Nadu) in various industries including automotive,
industrial goods, textile, and marine. For this purpose an interview framework based on key
enablers identified from the literature, being IT solutions, manufacturing equipment and
human factors. This provided an assessment of the capability of the companies for being
responsive to western demand.
Findings: The findings indicate that re-shoring to the UK is the result of inadequacy in
responsiveness and long production lead-times of the Indian suppliers. The outcome of this
paper indicates that the top factors behind this inadequacy in responsiveness are logistics and
transportation, electricity shortage, excessive paperwork and working attitude.
Originality/value: This paper aims to fill the gap in the re-shoring literature by providing a
clear picture behind the reason for re-shoring in the UK and identify the drivers behind this
shortcoming in the component supply from India.|
|Description: ||This paper is embargoed for 24 months after online publication.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-06-2015-0149|
|Appears in Collections:||Closed Access (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)|
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