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Counterfeit materials lead to Aston Martin recall

Aston Martin has had to recall over 17,000 vehicles - 75% of the cars it has built since 2008 - after it was discovered that Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co, a Chinese subcontractor that moulds the affected accelerator pedal arms, was using counterfeit plastic material.

Antony Bourne, global industry director at enterprise applications firm IFS, said: "It will be interesting to see how Aston Martin's supply chain copes in the coming weeks. 
 
"There have been a number of high-profile manufacturer recalls in the automotive industry in recent years - Toyota called back over seven million vehicles in 2012 and Mazda 15,000 last year. While Aston Martin can't match the scale of Toyota's issues, it's actually a problem that affects 75% of the cars they've manufactured since 2008, so is understandably very concerning for the company. It will put Aston Martin's global supply chain under great pressure, and they'll no doubt be keen to avoid significant disruption to day-to-day business.
 
"The success of such a recall depends on the company having immediate access to all necessary information, as well as meticulous planning and management at all levels globally. They will be relying heavily on traceability systems to notify owners of the fault and to actually get the cars in for repair. More staff will need to be brought in and Aston Martin will need to carefully coordinate the work of suppliers, distributors, warehouses and manufacturing workshops. Even once all the parts are manufactured, they will then need to ensure they're stored locally, ready for customers bringing their cars in for repair. 
 
"With the advancements in technologies like ERP applications to manage supply chains and quality control, there's no room for excuses and claims that these incidents are inevitable. There is a wide range of analysis and quality control tools available to ensure proper procedures are adhered to, to avoid these costly recalls. However, the significant number of recalls in recent years suggests that these systems are not in place or are not operating at an optimal level."
 

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