Supply chain vulnerability

Today, device manufacturers must make sourcing decisions in an environment where they do not know all of the factors. Globalized supply chains, especially in the microelectronic industry, increase the likelihood of risks on business, including cost of raw materials, disruption of material availability, and even more, ethical acceptability or geopolitical risk of material sources. Those risks are strengthened by the increasing rareness of some raw materials combined with the growth of the demand for connected devices.
Regarding current behaviors, the sustainability of supply chains need to be achieved through the conception and the management of global supply chains from consumers’ needs or uses to sourcing decisions and suppliers' location of the existing materials and their possible substitutes (WP1).

In this perspective, a comprehensive vision of the nanoelectronics ecosystem to better adjust research and development processes and practices to market reality will be developed (Task 1). This first step toward more sustainable supply chains will help to address the sustainability practices of companies by better integrating end-consumers (Task 2). Then, we will answer the need for better supply chain visibility by developing methods and tools to achieve it (Task 3).

Task 1

Proposing new frameworks for agile organizations aiming at adapting to technological and market changes. To develop products by integrating issues of sustainability, it seems necessary to study organizational structures carrying design choices. Organizations structures are a critical element in design choices.

Task 2

Questioning and understanding why and how consumers should be integrated in sustainable supply chain processes in the nanoelectronics industry. In particular, the willing-to-pay for more sustainable products and the direct contribution (consumer acceptability) should be evaluated to extend sustainable practices across the whole supply chain.

Task 3

Developing a comprehensive methodology for giving a smart visualization of supply chains in the nanoelectronics industry. In the electronic industry, visibility issues are mainly linked to the potential disruption caused by the scarcity of certain resources. By increasing transparency, companies will be able to make the right call of products at the right time, to manage risk losing profits and maintain customer loyalty.