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With more than 70 million motor vehicles sold per year the automotive industry is one of the key industries of the world. While originally rigid labour division and paced assembly lines were employed to realize low-cost mass production of automotives, nowadays flexible mixed-model assembly lines make it possible to produce a large variety of customized products. The increased manufacturing flexibility, however, imposes new challenges not only for the design of the manufacturing system but alsodoi:10.1007/s10696-012-9144-5 fatcat:dmsdw3r6pnalzjyhzuw7ql2qge