The paper focuses on operational challenges faced by reshoring companies; more specifically, it investigates whether AM (additive manufacturing) technologies may act as enabler factor for reshoring strategies. Data were collected through a questionnaire sent to 50 UK manufacturing companies who utilize AM technologies in their supply chain. Findings show that responsiveness is the main factor behind reshoring manufacturing to the UK; moreover, AM technologies can help manufacturers to reshore enhancing responsiveness to product and market changes, introducing customization options, and reducing lead time and transportation costs.
Reshoring and additive manufacturing
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Vol.7 No.3, pp. 241 - 263
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World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research
Moradlou H.; Tate W. (2018) Reshoring and additive manufacturing World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research Vol.7 No.3, pp. 241 - 263