The basic concepts of group technology are not new. The first use of the principles of group technology was described by an American, R. E. Flanders, in 1925. U.S. interest in group technology was slow to start, with initial flickerings in 1971 to 1973. If group technology is not new, why has it not been applied to the shipbuilding industry before now? In addition to the above-mentioned general lack of use, a complete lack of knowledge of it, and of its benefits is the most obvious reason. Actually, some shipyards in the world have utilized it and the paper describes some shipbuilding applications and gives examples of some new applications.

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