CAPACITY PLANNING AND PERFORMANCE IN THE NIGERIAN BREWING INDUSTRY IN SOUTHEASTERN NIGERIA

CAPACITY PLANNING AND PERFORMANCE IN THE NIGERIAN BREWING INDUSTRY IN SOUTHEASTERN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

The study investigated the influence of capacity planning on the performance of brewery firms in South Eastern States of Nigeria. The specific objectives of the study were to determine the extent to which capacity planning enhanced the level of performance in the brewing industry in South Eastern Nigeria. The study examined the nature of the relationship between capacity requirement planning and materials requirements planning, to ascertain the extent to which capacity planning sustains organizations competitive advantage, thereby determining the relationship between capacity planning and capacity building, determining the steps toward developing a capacity planning that affects the profitability in the brewing firms in the area studied. The research design adopted in the study was a combination of the survey, oral interview and model modifications. Hypothesis 1,3 and 5 were  tested using Z test of population proportions and 2 and 4 using Spearman’s Rank Correlations revealed that capacity planning to a large extent enhanced the performance in the brewing industry in Southeastern Nigeria, that there was a significant capacity planning to a large extent (p< 0.05) enhanced the performance in the brewery industry in the area studied. Capacity requirement had positive relationship (p< 0.05)with materials requirements planning. Capacity planning to large extent (p< 0.05) sustained the organizations competitive position. There was significant positive relationship (p< 0.05) between capacity planning and capacity building. The steps of the capacity plan positively (p< 0.05) affected profitability. Positive relationship between capacity requirements planning and materials requirements planning, that capacity planning to a large extent sustained the organizational competitive advantage, that there is a positive relationship between capacity planning and capacity building, that the 12 steps of the capacity plans were developed that positively affected the profitability in the brewing industry in the area studied.  In conclusion, the finding that capacity planning enhanced the performance in the brewing industry in Southeastern Nigeria implied that it made the brewing companies studied to achieve their organizational goals and objectives. The finding that there was a significant positive relationship between capacity requirements planning and materials requirements planning implied that there was a positive correlation between them. This means that materials requirements planning which was a method of coordinating the detailed production plans could lead to an enhancement of capacity requirements planning which meant taking future decisions on the items needed for the production capability of the brewing facility.