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R&D Programme:report commentary
Supply chain safety management – test case 1: wheelsets
This project was required to identifypotential supply contracts coveringwheelset purchase and sample the existingelements in the supply chain to cover arepresentative cross section of suppliersand products within the supply chain.
The findings from the research revealedconsiderable shortcomings in the supplychain. However, it did identify some areasdefined as ‘quick wins’, where a fastbenefit response can be made at a lowcost. The research did not delve into thecontractual side of wheelset procurementas anticipated; however the report isregarded as a useful reference forstakeholder consideration.
The Research and Development team arecurrently undertaking a major consultationwith stakeholders to determine thepriorities for research in the 2004/05financial year. Through this process, andreflecting stakeholder views, a decision willbe taken as to what direction follow-onwork is undertaken.
Richard WheldonHead of Management ResearchResearch and Development ProgrammeRail Safety and Standards Boardrichard.email@example.com