Productivity improvement

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Our work |

A client asked for advice on operating his plant abroad in order to reduce costs and improve output. Whilst this is a common desire (who doesn’t want to reduce costs and increase output?) this was a particular challenge because the factory is complex and has made recent significant investments. Our lead process consultant spent a week on site working with factory and corporate management to create a strategy for developing the site in the wider context of the company and its markets. Many Lean Thinking tools were useful in this process, and a clear vision of a Future State...


Supply Chain simplification

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Our work |

When a multinational consumer goods company realised that their supply chains for soaps and detergents had become too complex, they asked what we could do to help improve them. After discussing proposals with Board members, we held a week-long workshop in the principal manufacturing site for soaps, training staff on the technology and exploring options for simplification. Several recommendations were proposed, and implementation is under way. For detergents, an in-depth market study was followed by assessment of the entire manufacturing system leading to recommendations for streamlining current operations and for a programme of capital investment. Recommendations covered not only...