June 29, 2012

Field Study in Zilina

Factory visit to a Korean component supplier and a leading research institute in Zilina

MOBIS is one of the largest Korean suppliers in the automotive industry. After the establishment of the company as Hyundai Precision Industry in 1977 the company name was changed to Hyundai MOBIS in 2000 and started its core business, the production of car modules. With the growth of Korean car industry MOBIS became one of the major suppliers which delivers modules not only KIA Motors and Hyundai also other OEMs. Since December 2006 MOBIS Slovakia has delivered to near located KIA Motors four modules, e.g. frontend, cockpit, chassis and bumper module in real time. Yearly the company can produce 300,000 units. The company has a vision by 2020 to enter the group of the global top 5 largest suppliers in the automotive industry.
After the company presentation, the president of the company discussed with participants about the purchasing strategy, logistics concepts, quality management and others. The most impressive was that MOBIS Slovakia is keeping stocks for only one hour. The production of modules after receiving an order will take around 40 minutes. The good functioning logistics play a very essential role for the production without any interruption. It was a good opportunity to see how a major Korean supplier is successfully settled and is operating in Slovakia.

Central European Institute of Technology (CEIT) group was established in 1998 as Slovak Productivity Center. CEIT Group is carrying out cooperation with industry and providing companies new innovative solutions in research and development. CEIT Group has five divisions, Productivity and Logistics, Innovations of Technical Systems, Digital Factory, Industrial Automation and Biomedical Engineering.
During the tour several concepts and realizations are demonstrated, like reconfigurable logistics, 3D laser scanning, manufacturing systems optimization, a flexible automation cell and others. It was a good chance to see the state of the art research activities in the area of production and logistics.

The development of the MBA Program is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the Slovak-Austrian cross-border cooperation programme 2007-2013


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