1. March 2022

Reshoring – increasing resilience and reducing costs at the same time?

The Global Production Community (GPC) meeting on February 22th and 23th was a great success! We discussed under which conditions reshoring is reasonable as well as the factors that lead to a successful plan for this purpose.

The meeting opened with an exciting keynote by our Managing Director and Center Manager Dr. Jan-Philipp Prote. There were also two insightful guest lectures: Weidmüller, as well as Bauwerk, each contributed a presentation including a lively discussion subsequently.

A special thanks to all participants of the meeting for the exciting presentations and contentful discussions as well as to the Digital Capability Center Aachen for the guided tour and the presentation of innovative use cases. During this tour, the topic of digitization especially brought up the interesting key questions of predictive maintenance, quality management, and transparency.

The Key Insights of this meeting:

  • Higher prices may be achieved by successful reshoring
  • Nearly half the manufacturing costs can be saved through digitization
  • Delivery capability in network planning is now much more important than cost-efficiency
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The Global Production Community (GPC)

The aim of the Global Production Community (GPC) is to promote structured knowledge exchange in a small circle of companies alongside the world of research on the topic of network design. Within the scope of the community, principles, methods, and tools for the design and management of production networks are jointly discussed, developed, and customized. The central purpose for the community partners is methodical support for the successful design of global production networks. The scientific foundation of the exchange is cemented through the expertise of the WZL at RWTH Aachen University.

Participants of the community are enabled to critically analyze their own activities regarding the design of their network and to continue the development of their own abilities. The visits to the community partners during the networking events allow insights into various types of successfully designed global production networks. In effect, a non-competitive and confidential competence network is and will be developed systematically, allowing for intensive knowledge exchange with companies in other industry sectors.

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Are you interested in the Global Production Community? Reach out to us and work with us to develop solutions for the production management of tomorrow. For further information about our communities, feel free to consult our dedicated webpage: Our Communities.

Also, visit our LinkedIn page for information and news about the GPMC.

Related GPMC-Study

This brochure summarizes the results of the consortium benchmarking “Design of global production networks” of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University in a practice-oriented guide. For this purpose, the results of the benchmarking study were supplemented by the experiences of the successful-practice company visits. Within the framework of the project, a total of more than 50 specialists and managers were interviewed. Currently, this study is only available in German.