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AUTOPART is a research project that aims to develop methodology, tools, methods and industrial demonstrators for the establishment of focused automotive spare parts production, in combination with production of ordinary automotive parts.

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Specifically, the research project will focus on four important R&D areas for future automotive parts production:

  • Development of a strategic framework for multi-focused production
  • Development of a method for rapid re-optimization of layout and flow in order to respond to changes in demand
  • Development of decision support for aggregated sales and capacity planning in multi-focused factories
  • Development of a concept for lean production control in high-variation, low-volume production, and implementation of the project’s research results in the shape of a demonstrator for world-class production of spare parts

The project is carried out by Benteler Aluminium Systems Norway AS and Plastal AS, in collaboration with SINTEF and NTNU.

The initiative and funding is made by the collaboration partners, and in addition to this the AUTOPART project receives funding from the Research Council of Norway.

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Project duration

01/01/2011 - 31/12/2014