|The majority of manufacturing companies is currently facing global trends and inevitable consequences like individual and dynamic product demands, enhanced market transparency and legal restrictions. Especially SMEs can not expend to plan all probable states or to invest in costly activities like fire fighting or specialized task forces OEMs use to bear the consequences of dynamics. SMEs essential benefit of quick and flexible reaction to individual customer request is often outweighed by uncertain or fuzzy information due to losses throughout the own value or related supply chains. Mostly these information gaps appear where flows are not shaped, slowed down or stopped as a result of unforeseen situations or unplanned activities. Additionally the customer is unwilling to pay for more than an expected quality level. Hence in the product dimension a control of quality is rather be needed than a maximization.
The key question concerning the economical future of European SME is whether it is possible to create, retract, keep or extend their relative competitive advantage or even manage to turn a relative competitive advantage into a sustainable competitive advantage.
The success of a company is determined by its ability to create in each development cycle products which exactly match the customer needs and its ability to manufacture these products efficiently with a minimum of waste.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
The CORNET promotion plan 31EN of the Research Community for Quality (FQS), August-Schanz-Str. 21A, 60433 Frankfurt/Main has been funded by the AiF within the programme for sponsorship by Industrial Joint Research and Development (IGF) of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technologies based on an enactment of the German Parliament.