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September 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Not the most efficient way
Your gee-whiz story about the efficient Mazda plant, leaves the reader with plenty of “so what?” questions. [“Super-efficient plant gives boost to Mazda,” Business, Aug. 28.]
Does the “stunning rate” of one car every 54 seconds on the assembly line produce better quality and fewer line stoppages? Going at a pell-mell pace usually has opposite effects.
Lower costs? The hardware and engineering costs add up fast when trying to shoehorn many models into a single superfast line.
Why is Mazda now going to transfer this costly complex technology to its new plant in Mexico? Wouldn’t it be better to dedicate each of its plants to a limited set of models, thereby greatly simplifying nearly every aspect of planning and production?
Richard Schonberger, Bellevue
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