22 November 2008

agility as a key strategy

the WSJ tells a tale of superior agility in the flexible nature of Honda plants that can, in 5 minutes, switch a line over from Civics to CR-Vs.
The manufacturing dexterity of Honda's plants, now the most flexible in North America, is emerging as a key strategic advantage for the company. In an era of volatile gasoline prices, Honda can adjust production to inventory levels faster than its competitors. Earlier this year, when gasoline prices reached $4 a gallon, the company slowed production of its Ridgeline pickup truck at its Canada plant and increased output of better-selling vehicles.
responding to change over following a plan.

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