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Case
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Reference no. 698-050-1
Published in: 1998
Length: 19 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

A market-leader in its sector, VALLOUREC is a specialist recognised across the world for its production of high quality seamless tubing. Until recently, the company has managed to keep its customers satisfied with average delivery lead times of 14 to 16 weeks for large orders connected with the installation of new facilities (electric and thermal electric power stations). The market has now moved towards the maintenance of existing power stations. When a power station is shut down for overhaul, it is essential to start it up again as soon as possible. In 1991, management decided to improve their lead times in order to better satisfy the American market for boiler tube maintenance. A working group was set up for this purpose. Items included in this study will help in: (1) the study of the manufacturing process and its operation over time; (2) critical analysis of actions taken to halve manufacturing lead times; (3) definition of conditions for the success of the project to shorten lead times; and (4) the study of possible extensions to the project.
Location:
Industry:
Size:
Turnover FRF6.6 billion
Other setting(s):
1992

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Abstract

A market-leader in its sector, VALLOUREC is a specialist recognised across the world for its production of high quality seamless tubing. Until recently, the company has managed to keep its customers satisfied with average delivery lead times of 14 to 16 weeks for large orders connected with the installation of new facilities (electric and thermal electric power stations). The market has now moved towards the maintenance of existing power stations. When a power station is shut down for overhaul, it is essential to start it up again as soon as possible. In 1991, management decided to improve their lead times in order to better satisfy the American market for boiler tube maintenance. A working group was set up for this purpose. Items included in this study will help in: (1) the study of the manufacturing process and its operation over time; (2) critical analysis of actions taken to halve manufacturing lead times; (3) definition of conditions for the success of the project to shorten lead times; and (4) the study of possible extensions to the project.

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Location:
Industry:
Size:
Turnover FRF6.6 billion
Other setting(s):
1992

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