Case Study

Leupin SA: Supply chain management

10 pages
October 2004
Reference: IMD-6-0256

Leupin S.A. is a producer of industrial finishing systems (liquid coating, powder coating, and electrocoating) based in Normandy, France. Each of the company’s three major divisions has supply chain issues; the case is a description of each of them. The first deals with some classic bottleneck issues and whether a full-blown outsourcing of completely assembled modules is the best way around the problem, or whether some less drastic solution is called for. The second involves a very finicky customer and whether the division should invest more in a product with an uncertain future. The third considers its division’s parts business and how supplier companies ought to be treated. Other issues, including the company’s in-house fabrication business, are also posed.

Keywords
Supply Chain Management, Outsourcing, Liquid Coating System, Powder Coating System, Electrocoating System, Production Management, Operations Management
Settings
France
Early 2003
Type
Field Research
Copyright
© 2003
Available Languages
English
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