Ottawa-based Kinaxis to manage Honda’s auto supply chain

OTTAWA—Honda has selected Ottawa-based Kinaxis to streamline its supply chain planning and response processes for its automobile business in Japan.

Honda will use the Kinaxis unique end-to-end concurrent planning technique to strengthen the supply chain plan for its automobile business in Japan and use Kinaxis RapidResponse to provide visibility into its supply chain planning, including S&OP, capacity planning and inventory management.

Through Kinaxis’s concurrent planning technique, Honda will be able to enhance its collaboration with suppliers and understand the financial and operational impacts of changes at an early stage, the company said.

“The Japanese automotive market has matured, with manufacturing and supply chains becoming increasingly complex,” said Hirokazu Hara, assistant corporate project lead at Honda. “Kinaxis RapidResponse is expected to be a powerful tool that provides us with the perspectives needed to make decisions quickly in our supply chain planning.”

Kinaxis helps automotive companies to gain the agility to predict and respond to customer needs and global disruption like tariffs and outsourcing, and meet environmental obligations while staying profitable through end-to-end supply chain visibility.

“The pace of innovation makes it an exciting but challenging time for the automotive industry,” said John Sicard, CEO of Kinaxis. “From increased personalization in product features to emerging technologies like autonomous driving, the industry needs to adopt more sophisticated supply chain practices to manage for success.”