For decades, globalization has changed value-added chains worldwide. However, this trend has been subject to rapid change: emerging protectionism of different markets, the fact that Asian manufacturers have rapidly caught up in quality and reliability as well as the fragile access to rare raw materials and specialized components are just some examples of this new development. At the same time, localization strategies and the differentiation within economic regions are moving more into focus – also in order to counteract dependencies in the supply chains and to shorten transport chains.
In its research projects, Fraunhofer ISI puts the focus on the dynamic analysis of value-added chains: How can central developments of glocalization be described? Which networks and structures determine the future?
Important aspects of the scientists are for example resilience, adaptability and the reliability of value-added chains. Furthermore, they work on concrete questions on the choice of location and the design of value networks.