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Partnerships and collaborations between companies (OEMs) and suppliers are not new. Many companies rely on partnerships with key suppliers to improve operational effectiveness through minimized inventory, information and culture integration to boost their lean/ agile credentials. The Fractal Manufacturing Partnership (FMP) is new manufacturing strategy, whereby OEMs form relationship with key suppliers. The former cede autonomy of non-core activities to tried and tested suppliers, whiledoi:10.1504/ijspm.2012.049151 fatcat:lvttvt6uifajpd5zypfkdrt6ym