Co maker

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Co maker
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Co maker (called also co signer[1]) is supplier who delivers materials or components to another company to enable creating the product. Usually there are called also partners or key suppliers [2]. Co-maker idea has its roots in successful cooperation of international production organizations. The supplier and purchaser are chain partners and they deal together manufacturing and delivering processes. Products of such cooperation are usually high quality[3].

Benefits of cooperation with co maker

Benefits of long term relationship between co market and customer (another company) are coming from involvement, building trust, support and mutual effort to[4]:

  • deliver better quality of final product,
  • reduce lead times,
  • decrease level of inventories,
  • produce less quality defects,
  • deliver products faster to the market,
  • develop detailed specifications,
  • develop design,
  • improve production,
  • keep high-standard capabilities.

Strategic, tactical and operational goals for co maker

Being co maker of company will bring new goals to the co maker enterprise, both strategic and tactical which might be transferred into operational measurements[5]:

  • Strategic goals would be meeting or exceeding customer expectations, which will bring integration of both companies,
  • Tactical goals would be improving:
  • Operational goals which should achieve tactical and strategic goals, for example:
    • Average time between failures should not exceed 12h,
    • Unified product performance for all customers,
    • Measurement of issues with running the product.
    • Ratio of delivered components versus commitment,
    • How many times customer had possibility to try product,
    • The rating of training which was performed for customer,
    • Measurement delays in delivery to customer.

Logistic network with co makers

Logistic network is also called logistic chain co-makers, supply chain network, value-added network, production network or procurement network. It is situation when several co makers decided to cooperate - they create so called transcorporate logistics. Such network is usually managed by style called integral logistic management [6]. It sometimes led to inventory model of joint economic lot size (JELS)[7]


  1. United States. Office of the Federal Register, (2000) ,p. 89
  2. Ksatriya A., Dharmanhikari V., Srivastava D., Basak P. C., (2017), p. 80
  3. Vijayashree M., Uthayakumar R., (2016), p. 1
  4. Anuar K., Kamar M., Hamid Z. A., (2011), p. 2555
  5. Ksatriya A., Dharmanhikari V., Srivastava D., Basak P. C., (2017), p. 84 - 85
  6. Schönsleben P., (2016), p. 13
  7. Vijayashree M., Uthayakumar R., (2016), p. 1


Author: Anna Piechnik