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Solving the Spare Parts Problem


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When carmakers introduce a new engine or transmission, they stop making the old one. But they know vehicles with the older component could still be on the road 20 years from now.

The task of stockpiling enough spare parts to service older vehicles is becoming more complex as tougher emission and fuel economy rules result in shorter product lifecycles, notes Derek Schlonsky, vice president of Ricardo Strategic Consulting.

Schlonsky explains the challenge and tells how Ricardo’s Transition Services team is helping carmakers find effective low-volume production options to reduce inventories and lower service part prices.

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