Nissan North America Inc. seemed one step ahead of its global counterparts in achieving the next level of manufacturing efficiency when it announced that its forthcoming Canton, MS, plant would rely heavily on modular assembly and synchronous, sequential delivery. Honda began building the Odyssey minivan at a new plant in Lincoln, AL, late last year The system shifts much of the load to its suppliers, many of whom are locating onsite or nearby in order to ship parts and modules ...

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