How Boeing Revamped Its Supply Chain to Build Its 787

Last Updated Apr 13, 2007 2:27 PM EDT

When Boeing wanted to streamline the amount of time it took to build its new 787 Dreamliner, it had to totally rethink how it built planes. In the past, Boeing relied on dozens of suppliers to provide it with the parts and systems for the planes, and then Boeing would assemble everything itself. It took a long time.  

But Boeing came up with a plan where its suppliers would design and build major sections of the planes, and then the suppliers would ship the sections to Boeing for final assembly and testing. Boeing's plan was to cut the construction time down to a three-day period. To do that, it had to improve how it collaborated with key suppliers all over the world. To get a sense of that challenge, look at this list. To learn how Boeing did it, check out this case study by

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