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An Evaluation of the Adoption of Lean Production as a Supply Chain Management Strategy in the Apparel Industry: A Case Study of a Swimwear Manufacturing Company Using Computer Simulation Techniques

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4 Author(s)
Leung, S.Y.S. ; Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong ; Wong, W.K. ; Mok, P.K. ; Chan, S.F.

This research aims to identify the issues relating to the implementation of lean production (LP) in the apparel industry where manufacturers usually find full implementation to be a challenge. Computer simulation has been used to build models to understand the behavior of the LP system of a selected swimwear company. Experimental investigations demonstrated the responsiveness and limitations of the LP system in meeting short-run contracts demanded by the market. Conclusion is drawn on the directions for full implementation for a seamless supply chain.

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Management of Innovation and Technology, 2006 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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21-23 June 2006