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CARNEVALLI, José Antonio; MIGUEL, Paulo Augusto Cauchick  and  SALERNO, Mario Sergio. Survey research on the application of modularity in the automotive industry in Brazil. Prod. [online]. 2013, vol.23, n.2, pp.329-344.  Epub June 14, 2012. ISSN 0103-6513.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-65132012005000040.

The purpose of this research is to identify automotive sector companies that use modular strategies and analyze aspects of its use. To this end, a survey research was carried out though a questionnaire sent to about 350 companies in the sector, with a response rate of nearly 14%. Results showed that most companies adopt the modularity strategy and have some experience in its use. Concerning the difficulties experienced, the major problems faced by assemblers are related to finding capable suppliers in order to use the strategy. With regard to suppliers, the difficulties are related to fulfilling automotive assemblers' new demands to modular design and manufacturing. Regarding automotive assemblers, the main benefit of adopting modularity is linked to the outsourcing of some activities to suppliers, transferring fixed costs to them. Concerning suppliers, the main benefit is the partnership increase with customers, such as exclusive supply and the development of new organizational competencies.

Keywords : Modularity; Modular design; Modular production; Automotive industry.

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