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Efficient Information Flow in a Supply Chain of Raw Materials
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Study aims to evaluate what kind of systems buyers of raw materials use for handling the flow of information in their supply chain of raw materials. Due to the complexity of the topic, the Study is only examining the continuous exchange of information between suppliers and buyers of raw materials. The purpose of the Study is to provide recommendations to Boliden on which system is suitable for implementation at the company.

The Study’s results were achieved by collecting both primary and secondary data. The primary data was collected through interviews with raw materials buyers and trade organisations. A total of fifteen interviews were conducted in the Study. The secondary data was collected through a literature study.

The results of the Study indicate that there exists four different solutions for managing the flow of information in a supply chain of raw materials. The most common solution among buyers of raw materials is to use the so-called “traditional” systems, i.e. e-mail, telephone and physical meetings. The second most common solution is to use an external information handling system provided by a trade organisation. The third most common solution is to use a commercial information handling system, i.e. a system provided by a commercial provider. Lastly, the least common solution is to develop an information handling system on its own, i.e. a proprietary information handling system.

The conclusion of the Study is that Boliden should use two information handling system simultaneously, i.e. an external information handling system and the traditional information handling systems. However, Boliden should also look into the option of developing a proprietary information handling system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 40
Keyword [en]
Delivery Scheduling, Flow of Information, Forest Products, Information Handling Systems, Paper and Pulp, Production Planning, Raw Materials, Scrap, Steel, Supply Chain of Raw Materials
National Category
Materials Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-220398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-220398DiVA, id: diva2:1168076
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Boliden Commercial AB
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Master of Science - Materials Science and Engineering
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Available from: 2018-01-02 Created: 2017-12-19 Last updated: 2018-01-02Bibliographically approved

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