A Critical Analysis of the Management of Legacy and Low Volume Parts in Rolls-Royce

Dolphin, Nicola (2011) A Critical Analysis of the Management of Legacy and Low Volume Parts in Rolls-Royce. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The management of legacy and low volume products is an important issue for many businesses. With companies fighting to remain competitive in the difficult economic climate, there arguably is an increased pressure to keep assets in service for longer and to increase the return on investment made in them. The result of this is that for companies supporting these products, there is an increased requirement for legacy components. The overall aim of this report is to critically review the supply chain management of legacy and low volume parts in Rolls-Royce and to compare this against the literature and cases form the literature in order to determine if there are improvements that could be made to the Rolls-Royce approach.

In order to meet the research aims, interviews were conducted with senior managers from the Civil, Marine and Defence sectors of the business and questionnaires were distributed to various buyers. Literature on the subject of legacy and low volume supply chains and aftermarket supply chains was reviewed in order to find appropriate models and case studies as a basis for suggestions for improvements to the approach taken by Rolls-Royce.

The result of the research is that it has been highlighted that legacy and low volume components are an important part of the business due to the profit opportunities, the need to maintain the brand images and the requirement to support defence customers like the Ministry of Defence. The views from around the business were consistent in the belief that there are problems with the way these components are managed and that improvement could be made.

The key finding from the research was that legacy and low volume components should not be treated in the same way as running higher volume production components. The demand and supply drivers for the different types of parts should lead the company to set up different types of supply chains which is currently not the case. The report concludes with a suggested reference framework intended to guide thinking on the future management of legacy and low volume components in the company.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2011 09:20
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 12:26
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/24750

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