Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 87
WAREHOUSING & PACKAGING
seating industry, with a market share
more than double that of its closest
competitor. Adient has 230 manufacturing facilities in 33 countries, and its
footprint means the company produces
seats and related components for more
than 25 million cars around the world
With the change has come a new
feeling of excitement and energy
throughout the company, and Foster
says Adient is in a stronger position
than ever to deliver the highest-quality products for its customers in the
As Adient's Director of Supply
Chain Management Brian Kelly explains, that includes strengthening the
company's supply chain operations to
better serve its customers.
Supply Chain Strength
Supply chain is an essential component
of Adient's success, and Kelly says it is
why the company is able to meet the
needs of its customers just in time and
just in sequence with their operations.
"It really comes down to the customer
delivery and the customer satisfaction,"
Kelly says. "The first thing that you
want to focus on is the product that you
provide, and it has to be of the highest
quality. It has to be on time and it has to
The strength of Adient's supply chain
allows it to be flexible and responsive
to its customers' needs, which Kelly
says is crucial for the market it serves.
"Within automotive, it's the product
variability, it's the variability of what
the customer is going to build," he says.
"You plan for a scenario that essentially
is per a plan, but there's always these
variations. Those types of changes have
down-chain effects that impact not
only the ultimate manufacturer but also
potentially two tiers down in the Adient
family and the supply base."
Adient has been able to manage these
challenges successfully by focusing
on risk mitigation for its downstream
SLS and NeWave® Sensor Solutions Our two companies
are very pleased to provide the RFID technology in support
of Brian Kelly and Adient/Johnson Controls in improving
visibility to the returnable containers used by Adient.
The RFID Smart Portal used in over 600 Adient doors was
designed and installed by SLS (http://www.slsrfid.com/)
using the unique Wave® antennas from NeWave (http://
newaverfid.com/) to provide greater accuracy. NeWave's
antennas are designed to uniformly illuminate a cylindrical
pattern providing superior data accuracy over traditional
patch antennas that radiate a single directional beam. SLS
and NeWave are committed to supporting evolving requirements for RFID technologies.
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