Early Supplier Integration in Cast Product Development Partnerships – A Multiple Case Study of Environmental and Cost Effects in the German Foundry Value Chain

TitleEarly Supplier Integration in Cast Product Development Partnerships – A Multiple Case Study of Environmental and Cost Effects in the German Foundry Value Chain
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsFandl, RChristian, Held, T
EditorKersten, W, Blecker, T, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsNext Generation Supply Chains
Volume18
Page289
Publisherepubli
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-8442-9879-6; 978-3-7375-0340-2
ISSN NumberISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
Keywordsenvironmental and cost effects, foundry value chain, product development partnerships, supplier relationships
Abstract


Companies have to take sustainability into consideration, nowadays. This paper
analyses the impacts of environmental and cost effects on product
development partnerships in the German foundry value chain. The starting
point of the paper is a survey conducted in the period, end of 2012 / beginning
of 2013, covering supplier and customer integration issues on the interfaces of
casting houses and their clients, in which all German foundries and customers
from diverse sectors of the machine-building industry have been contacted.
Based on the results, the authors collected in-depth data, via semi-structured
interviews, for several complex product development projects, in order to
analyse how suppliers were integrated by their customers during casting
development. By analysing cross-case differences, this paper explores how
environmental and cost effects impact product development partnerships. It
presents a multiple case study analysis, covering four new cast product
development cases of one German foundry which deals with four different
machine building customers. It is shown that customer-supplier relationships
appear to be related to different integration practices. The results demonstrate
the substantial impact of environment and cost effects on customer-supplier
relationships, and help to understand how sustainable product development
partnerships should be configured, while taking the particular situation into
account.