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What is agile manufacturing?


Agility may be considered as an ability to cope with rapid change. Kidd [1] , in 1944, noted that '.... agile manufacturing can be considered as the integration of organisation, highly skilled and knowledgeable people and advanced technologies to achieve co-operation and innovation in response to the need to supply our customers with high quality, customised products'.

TWI helps its Member companies achieve excellence in agile manufacturing by providing expertise in the areas of:

  • Brainstorming - for innovation
  • Manufacturing support - for improved productivity and quality
  • Factory and device simulation - for optimum operation
  • Process and material selection - for minimum cost and risk


  1. Kidd P T; Agile manufacturing - Forging new frontiers; Addison-Wesley, 1994.


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