For many years the internal combustion engine and fossil fuel based car has been the accepted norm, with production lines having been built and refined around it. The electric car, however, has introduced the biggest shake-up to production since Henry Ford’s assembly line.

E-cars are becoming increasingly important to manufacturers as demand continues to rise. As a result, manufacturers are needing to change their approach to the supply chain. External and internal suppliers are developing new concepts and, importantly, in-house operations such as quality control are adapting to suit the needs of e-car manufacturing.

Inbound implications of e-car manufacturing

Inbound supply chains of e-car manufacturers were typically first to experience the transformation required to create a new type of car. Logistics coordination across manufacturing plants had to change as traditional components required for combustion engines are replaced with newly designed, e-car specific elements.

Many components have been adapted to suit the needs of the more efficient electric car, including air-conditioning units and water pumps. As a result, traditional logistics channels and suppliers have adjusted to incorporate new manufacturers that are able to supply the necessary parts.

In-house changes to the production line

As a result of the changes to inbound supply, in-house processes have also had to change. Whilst production lines have remained broadly similar in their arrangement, sectors such as quality control and auditing have been impacted.

E-car manufacturing introduced new components and processes to assembly lines, from many new and smaller suppliers. This makes quality control more important than ever, for two main reasons.

1. New and smaller manufacturers entering the supply chain often increases the risk of the wrong parts being sent to a manufacturing plant.

2. New components need to be scrutinised carefully by experienced and knowledgeable quality auditors. These quality controllers must be experts in e-car manufacturing.

Adapting to the in-house changes is a business-critical requirement for car manufacturers. Quality controllers already need to be trained to a high level to be able to recognise and resolve issues with supplies and suppliers. With the changes to the supply chain we’re seeing increased complexity, a wider range of components and processes to review, and an emergent shift in focus (to electric cars) from automotive manufacturers.

At Bluestones One, we supply a range of quality controllers that have experience in both e-car manufacturing as well as traditional car manufacturing. Our quality controllers are continually trained and assessed as per our ISO9001:2008 standards. In fact, it’s one of our key selling points and a reason our clients tell us they work with us: our quality controllers are able to return a supply chain to normal working order with speed and efficiency, for both traditional and e-car plants, saving manufacturers time and money.

To find out more about how Bluestones One can help your manufacturing operation, contact the team today.