Implementing Design-for-Assembly for the Next-Generation Mustang

Since 2011, the average assembly cost of a Ford vehicle has increased by 33%. While this trend can be largely attributed to advanced features being added to vehicles to meet consumer demands, the increase in labor costs has cut into Ford’s profit margins and become an area of concern.

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Student Team:

Ben Herrmann–Master of Supply Chain Management

Alexander Kim–Master of Business Administration


Project Sponsors:

Bob Garnham–Industrial Engineering Supervisor

Doug Rickert–Industrial Engineering Manager


Faculty Advisors:

Amy Cohn–College of Engineering

Sanjeev Kumar–Ross School of Business

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