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Redistributed manufacturing – challenges for operations management

Kapletia, Dharm; Phillips, Wendy; Medcalf, Nick; Makatsoris, Harris; McMahon, Chris; Rich, Nick


Dharm Kapletia

Nick Medcalf

Harris Makatsoris

Chris McMahon

Nick Rich


Recent advances in small-scale local production technologies and materials sciences, combined with the power of digital design and analysis methods, have generated new opportunities for product innovators to experiment with rapid prototyping and commercialisation of highly customised products that serve existing markets or create new niches. These developments involve modest investments in local production equipment and infrastructure with low ‘break even’ points and engineer-to-order/make-to-order production runs. This represents a transformation of manufacturing and will challenge traditional operations management thinking in fundamental ways.


Kapletia, D., Phillips, W., Medcalf, N., Makatsoris, H., McMahon, C., & Rich, N. (2019). Redistributed manufacturing – challenges for operations management. Production Planning and Control, 30(7), 493-495.

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Oct 21, 2018
Online Publication Date May 15, 2019
Publication Date May 19, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 21, 2020
Journal Production Planning and Control
Print ISSN 0953-7287
Electronic ISSN 1366-5871
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 7
Pages 493-495
Keywords Management Science and Operations Research; Strategy and Management; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; Computer Science Applications
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Received: 2018-10-19; Accepted: 2018-10-21; Published: 2019-05-15