While Aston Martin is recalling thousands of cars because of a subcontractor's counterfeit materials, other companies can learn from this and prevent costly recalls by using modern supply chain technology, says Antony Bourne, global industry director at IFS. "With the advancements in technologies like [enterprise resource planning] applications to manage supply chains and quality control, there's no room for excuses and claims that these incidents are inevitable," he says. However, the automotive recalls in recent years show "that these systems are not in place or are not operating at an optimal level," Bourne adds.

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