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SCiP Project Reports

Examples of work produced by WMG's Supply Chain Research Group can be found in this section. Seven examples below ranging from diagnostic tools for Industry 4.0 as well as reports summarising the output from research recently conducted


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Construction Digest The Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+) mobilises a new movement in the construction community, bringing together experts from a range of disciplines to tackle the most pressing problems across the digital, energy, construction, and manufacturing space.
DEFRA Scrap Recycling report Domestic Scrap Steel Recycling – Economic, Environmental and Social Opportunities. Steel plays a key role in UK manufacturing, and the modern world is based on and founded by the use of steel. Major industrial sectors such as power generation, infrastructure, automotive, engineering and construction all depend on steel, and these are all sectors which are forecast to grow and will require more steel as they expand. It is clear that the UK steel demand will grow, however production of steel using traditional blast furnace and basic oxygen furnace route is carbon intensive and alternative routes for steel production need to be investigated. If the UK were to recycle all of the scrap steel that it produced it would nearly be able to satisfy the country’s steel demand.
Future Viability Report The ‘Future Viability’ project brought together academics across multiple disciplines to critically evaluate the technologically viable steel manufacturing routes, which can maximise the use of the abundant supply of steel scrap and produce high quality steel grades, to meet the UK economic development and realise the transformation to a low carbon steel industry
Manufacturing Digest The ‘Productivity to Prosperity’ project brings together academics working across disciplines to focus on the cross-cutting themes of skills, management, investment, regional supply chains, innovation and enterprise, to address the main issues around productivity and the productivity gap. The research programme is funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), a part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), an investment supported by the Industrial Challenge Fund. The key research collaborators include CityREDI (University of Birmingham), Warwick Business School and Warwick Manufacturing Group (University of Warwick). The WMG Supply Chain Research Group (SCRG) focuses on the theme of Supply Chain Productivity, which aims to provide guidance and support for practitioners to solve supply chain challenges and improve overall productivity. We hope you find this digest useful, and welcome any questions or feedback you may have.
Supply Chain Resilience: Three Practical Solutions Supply chain (SC) disruptions have become a fundamental business risk to companies in any sector, with three in four organisations likely to experience a disruption each year. Interestingly, some firms face smaller impacts on the business and recover quicker than others in the same sector. This is because firms with a high level of supply chain resilience (SCR) can prepare for, respond to and recover from disruptions more effectively.
An Industry 4 readiness assessment tool The term Industry 4 originates from the high-tech strategy of the German government, which sought to re-define the role of manufacturing post the global economic crisis. It suggests that we are on the cusp of the 4th Industrial Revolution, a cyber physical age, which will be realised over the next 20 years. This report has been designed to enable you to complete a self-assessment of your company’s current Industry 4 readiness, whilst providing a benchmark of current Industry 4 readiness across a group of 53 companies.
Connected Autonomous Vehicles: Cost Benefit Considerations Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) could bring significant societal and environmental benefits, from making traveling safer, cheaper, and more comfortable, to increasing access to mobility for the elderly and disabled. A key element of the ‘mobility revolution’ is developing wireless communications that allow vehicles to talk to the driver, to each other and to roadside infrastructure. The cost-benefit analysis for a particular type of communications technology, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) illustrates the benefit to society and the environment in terms of improved mobility, safety and air quality against the cost of developing and implementing the technology on motorways and urban roads.
Connected Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Considerations Report Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) are poised to revolutionise transportation making traveling safer, more comfortable, and more sustainable than current modes while reducing costs of traveling substantially. These vehicles will be partially or fully drive themselves, potentially and ultimately requiring no human driver participation at all, having the possibility to collect data on their usage and activities, as well as, communicate among themselves and with road-transport authorities. Therefore, there are a number of implications and areas for consideration within the legal and regulatory aspects of CAV and its associated technologies challenging the status quo of the roles of human drivers and vehicles. This report is of interest to the whole CAV ecosystem and believe it is in everybody’s interest to better understand the legal frameworks in which CAVs must operate and, going forward, to help influence what the future might look like.
Delivering the Digital Dividend Supply chain digital readiness: A survey of 179 European Manufacturers In the digital age supply chains will be how organisations compete. So together with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick, JDA set out to identify and analyse the progress and aspirations of European manufacturers on their digital journey. The
Enhancing supply chain performance using data analytics Five industrial case studies This joint study between WMG, University of Warwick and the management analytics firm Concentra set out to research the capacity of modern data analytics to optimise supply chain performance. Our findings suggest that the easiest wins centre around basic good management measures, such as demand profiling, forecasting and the systematisation of supply processes.
Realities of Reshoring: A UK Perspective Reshoring UK is the unique collaboration of leading industrial engineering associations and Manufacturing Catapults, led by the GTMA, to support both UK and inward investment companies to find trusted accredited suppliers.
Supply Chain Segmentation A Window of Opportunity for European Manufacturing Supply chain segmentation is re-emerging as a core capability for competitiveness. Segmentation is not a new practice for supply chain management, so why is it so relatively under-developed, and what can be done to advance the capability? Moreover, benefits will be received from the early steps, so the key action is to begin the journey.