Supply Chain Management at Airbus - Implementing RFID Technology

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Supply Chain Management

Case Length : 20 Pages
Period : 2005-2009
Organization : Airbus
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : Europe
Industry : Aircraft Manufacturing


European aircraft manufacturer Airbus received ‘The Best RFID implementation’ award in May 2008. The award was given for the successful implementation of RFID technology in its operations with an objective to improve the company’s operational efficiency. Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer in the world, had a complex supply chain including multiple assembly plants and thousands of suppliers. The company followed a principle of continual improvement of its operations. Airbus’ efforts to improve its operating efficiency included projects like Sup@irWorld and implementing RFID across its own as well its suppliers’ operations. The case examines these initiatives which helped Airbus cut down its costs while improving its efficiency.


Study the supply chain processes of Airbus.

Understand the implementation of RFID technology in an aircraft manufacturing company.

Analyze how RFID technology can improve the operational efficiency of an aircraft manufacturing company.

Examine the advantages and disadvantages of implementing RFID technology in a manufacturing company.


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Major Supply Chain Initiatives 5
Implementing RFID Technology 8
The Road Ahead 11
Exhibits 12


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