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WAREHOUSING & PACKAGING
"Within automotive, it's
the product variability, it's
the variability of what
the customer is going
to build. You plan for a
scenario that essentially
is per a plan, but there's
always variations. Those
types of changes have
supply chains. Kelly says this allows
the company to identify where risks
exist in the supply chain and mitigate
through methods like dual sourcing. Being able to modify processes
globally quickly and ensure everyone
throughout the supply chain is on the
same page is essential in those situations, and Kelly says that has been one
of Adient's greatest strengths.
Kelly says Adient becoming its own
company is going to bring significant
improvements to its supply chain operations over the next few years. He notes
that the company now has control over
its own destiny rather than being beholden to the decisions made by a parent company, which will give it greater
flexibility when making decisions for
its customers and give it the ability to
explore new product categories.
According to Foster, the move to
become an independent company has
revitalized Adient from top to bottom,
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// Adient has the ability to modify processes
quickly throughout its global operations to
keep everyone on the same page.
as the entire company feels renewed
energy as a result of the transition.
Foster says the company will benefit
from the foundation it carries over
from its days with Johnson Controls
as well as the renewed spirit of excitement to better serve its customers.
"I would say the fundamental culture of the company is the same great
culture, but the spirit and the enthusiasm of the people I haven't seen this
high in many years," Foster says.
That enthusiasm and energy is
expected to last for quite some time, as
Adient continues to uphold the same
high levels of quality and customer
service that made it successful long
before the spinoff. Just recently,
Adient announced that it will relocate its corporate headquarters from
Milwaukee to Detroit to be closer to
its customers in the automotive sector,
which Foster says has been met with
excitement from its customer base.
"It goes beyond our employees,"