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South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

On-line version ISSN 2224-7890
Print version ISSN 1012-277X

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SELLITTO, M.A.; NUNES, F.L.  and  VALADARES, D.R.F.. Factors that contribute to the use of modularisation in the automotive industry: A survey in Brazil. S. Afr. J. Ind. Eng. [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.4, pp.33-44. ISSN 2224-7890.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7166/29-4-1946.

This article aims to verify factors that can contribute to the use of modularisation in the Brazilian automotive industry through a survey methodology, using principal component analysis and structural equation modelling by partial least squares as techniques. We found three types of factors appearing as drivers or precursors of a formal strategy of modularisation: the use and knowledge of individual non-integrated aspects of modularisation, such as modular architecture; the introduction of competition differentials focusing mainly on cost reduction and increase in flexibility, quality, and dependability; and the existence of a business environment prone to innovation. The main conclusion is that elements of modularisation in the design and the need to meet customers' requirements have much more influence in stimulating a formal, articulated modularisation strategy than a business environment prone to innovation.

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