JUST-IN-TIME MANUFACTURING AND THE SPATIAL STRUCTURE OF THE AUTOMOBILE-INDUSTRY - LESSONS FROM JAPAN
UNSPECIFIED. (1992) JUST-IN-TIME MANUFACTURING AND THE SPATIAL STRUCTURE OF THE AUTOMOBILE-INDUSTRY - LESSONS FROM JAPAN. TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR ECONOMISCHE EN SOCIALE GEOGRAFIE, 83 (2). pp. 82-92. ISSN 0040-747XFull text not available from this repository.
Several analysts have suggested that global diffusion of just-in-time manufacturing techniques outside Japan entails a new tendency towards spatial concentration of automobile production. The example of Toyota City is frequently evoked. However, closer examination of the automobile industry in Japan casts doubt on the simple 'just-in-time = spatial concentration' argument and affirms a more intricate liaison between just-in-time manufacturing and spatial structures of production. This is particularly apparent in a comparison between Toyota and Nissan, two spatially concentrated firms whose strategies regarding just-in-time manufacturing are quite different, in part reflecting other aspects of their spatial structure. Empirical analysis of Japan leads to a series of principles which can better orient investigation of the relation between just-in-time methods and the geography of automobile production as these manufacturing techniques diffuse globally but unevenly. The mediating roles of transportation infrastructures and logistics are of particular importance.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
|Journal or Publication Title:||TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR ECONOMISCHE EN SOCIALE GEOGRAFIE|
|Publisher:||ROYAL DUTCH GEOGRAPH SOC-KNAG|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 82-92|
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