The theory and practice of supply chain management have so far been largely dominated by concepts from large-scale production, especially from the automotive industry. Special features and priorities in the production of small and medium-sized series (< approx. 300 units p.a.) have so far received little attention. Companies are often confronted with the fact that new employees, suppliers and consultants wrongly assume that experience from large-scale production can be transferred directly.
The Small + Medium Batch working group addresses this problem. The objectives are: