Supply Chain Earthquakes

On 11 March 2011, the earthquake that struck Japan forced many companies to suspend activity.

Manufacturer Renesas Electronics is rethinking it’s entire business continuity management process after realising that it didn’t factor in their supply chain.

Their own business continuity plans meant they could technically resume business at the beginning of June, but there were so many problems in it’s supply chain it could only run at half capacity.

They said, “One of the most important lessons we learned through the disaster was that we must establish a flexible structure to enable efficient information sharing and alternate procurement and production, not only for the Renesas Electronics Group, but also for the entire supply chain.

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The problem of neglecting to factor in the supply chain isn’t new. Renesas aren’t the only ones who haven’t properly considered their supply chain.

Have you?


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