DETROIT — For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. automakers are questioning a pillar of manufacturing: The practice of bringing parts to assembly lines right before they’re used.
What are the economic advantages to 'just-in-time' manufacturing? What are some of the weaknesses that are a part of these transnational supply chains? Is this the end of that economic model? Why or Why not? This article is a great reading for understanding industry and economic development .