Benefits for cast product development through early supplier involvement

Venlakaisa Hölttä, Taneli Eisto, Katrine Mahlamäki

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In the foundry industry one trend is to move from demands of lowest price to a more collaborative approach when choosing the supplier. Early supplier involvement (ESI) enables a collaborative approach. The aim of the paper is to find success factors for staying competitive in the global market by ESI and to discover the benefits and challenges in implementing ESI in the foundry industry. Moreover, we present solutions proposed by the foundry industry professionals for the found challenges. We conducted four case studies in foundries and their customers. The case studies showed that ESI has improved the development processes. Long-term commitment enables trust, which is the most important factor when implementing ESI. Our research supports previous results about the benefits of ESI, and we claim that ESI is beneficial especially for the foundry industry due to their production process type.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Technology Management Conference, ICE 2009
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780853582595
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Technology Management Conference - Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin, Leiden, Netherlands
Duration: 22 Jun 200924 Jun 2009


ConferenceIEEE International Technology Management Conference
Abbreviated titleICE


  • Co-creation
  • Concurrent Engineering Methods and Processes
  • Early Supplier Involvement
  • Foundry Industry


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