An EC-funded research project is developing an integrated sales, production and storage system for small and medium-sized timber businesses that have difficulty serving a number of niche markets simultaneously.

The In-Time project, which involves eight companies covering the whole timber supply chain, is being co-ordinated by UK software design house MJC2.

It aims to streamline the timber industry by developing new e-commerce methods and production scheduling systems and using them in conjunction with materials handling/storage techniques. This will enable the supplier and customers to work in closer collaboration, greatly reducing lead times on orders while improving manufacturing efficiency.

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