Sika: Optimizing The APAC Epoxy Flooring Supply Chain
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In mid-2017, the regional head of Operations and Supply Chain at Sika AG, a Swiss specialty chemicals leader that developed solutions for building and automotive industries, faced a new challenge in the company’s epoxy flooring supply chain. She was tasked with identifying a robust solution that would both satisfy a shortened lead time and provide spare capacity to accommodate future growth. How should she proceed with these tasks?
The case is suitable for students across all levels who have basic experience with optimization. It is pertinent to analytics, operations, management science, and accounting courses. The case gives students the opportunity to develop a template and apply software such as Microsoft Excel Solver to determine the "optimal" supply chain (i.e., which plants to retain) for the 30-day lead time requirement. Students will also respond to Sika AG headquarters' requirements for a robust solution with a shorter lead time and spare capacity to accommodate the forecasted increase in demand.
Asia Pacific, Large, 2017
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