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Old 09-30-2002, 16:15   #1 (permalink)
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The first Barra rolled off the production line a few days ago, and now people on FF have sat in them in dealerships in Perth, Sydney etc.

It must be a logistic nightmare trying to get the vehicles out to all dealers around Oz quickly, to fit in with the marketing push.
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It would be, but this is their job. They have done it all year with AU's.

And, they have been rolling off the production line for a couple of weeks, at around 380 a day.

It doesn't take long to spread these around the country.
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I will volunteer to drive a new xr6t to one of the dealers in the NT, hmmm open road, no speed limits. Actually thats not a good idea ;P
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I was only thinking the other night

I dont know why but the logistics side of things always has fascinated me. The "just in time" delivery thing that holden use i find amazing, that is, they dont store any parts in their assembly plant, all parts, from all suppliers arrive at he plant just hours before they need them, which means, when car A starts off on the production line, the last part to be fitted to car last probably hasnt arrived yet. (more or less). I was also told they have huge "fines" for the suppliers who cant meet the deadlines to get the parts to them, and they may will refuse a delivery if it is early. the mind boggles!

As a matter of interest, how long does it take for a BA to be put together? From point A on the production line to the end?
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JIT is more aften than not a reason to have an intermediate warehouse that does the storage instead of Holden themselves. I cannot vouch for Holden or Ford but that's what I've seen before.

Logistics of moving cars: Toll (formerly Finemores) have something like 1300+ trailers in their fleet, 750+ prime movers and many of these are vehicle transporters. The Cottrells as used mostly for Ford transport carry 12 cars at a time, B-doubles out of holden carry 11, and Stingers (used from both plants) carry 9 or 11 dependent on the setup and roads they are travelling on.

Each night there are four shuttle trucks running purely from Ford Broadmeadows to Sydney RJV storage and their capacity is 45 cars. That's not counting all the other one-up driver trucks.
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