Productivity gains from flexible manufacturing: Experiences from India

Rakesh Narain, R. C. Yadav, Jiju Antony

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    Over the past two decades, interest in the use of flexible manufacturing as a competitive weapon has increased significantly. Globalization and liberalization have forced Indian organizations to aim for globally competitiveness through the use of advanced technology, technical manpower, and innovative research and development. This paper reports the findings of case studies carried out in two large Indian manufacturing organization, and highlights the status of adoption of FMS. These organizations deal in the manufacture of shoes and railway coaches. The studies pay particular attention to the methods used to justify the investment involved. The experience of these firms’ can provide useful insight to other firms interested in implementing FMS.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)109-128
    Number of pages20
    JournalInternational Journal of Productivity and Performance Management
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1 Mar 2004


    • Advanced manufacturing technologies
    • Flexibility
    • Flexible manufacturing systems
    • India
    • Productivity rate


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