Jeff Williams, Business Develpment Director, is pleased to announce that Greenyard Fresh UK has been awarded Lean Gold Validation which recognises the organisational transformation and continuous improvement in the Greenyard Fresh UK business through our Food & Drink sector work. Jeff Williams said of the award: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with […]
S A Partners are pleased to congratulate Panalpina on their recent Shingo Award for Operational Excellence. This particular award goes to DSV Panalpina Logistics and Manufacturing facility in Sorocaba, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The facility topped the scores of the Shingo examiners who focus on the degree to which the Shingo Model are evident in the behaviour […]
This case study looks at Coface strategy, and how they wanted to grow its business volume. To do this they needed a faster and more robust New Product Development (NPD) process to support this planned growth as part of the long term strategy. It looks at the issues at hand, and what were the required […]
This banking institution embarked upon a focused continuous improvement programme aimed at working towards Enterprise Excellence. Having already been on a Lean journey, it was recognised that many of these elements were already in place, so the key focus of this programme would be to strengthen and develop the systems and behaviours across the business […]
A European site of a Global Pharmaceutical blue-chip organisation wished to refocus its continuous improvement programmes to enable site wide cultural change. S A Partners assisted with a detailed analysis of current state at all levels of the organisation using a holistic Enterprise Excellence Benchmark Assessment Tool, and an implementation framework that used our Leadership Development […]
Having adopted a ‘Reliability Centered Maintenance’ strategy for operations management and assets, this utility company realised that this limited ‘Lean’ improvement approach was not embedding across the whole organisation. They wanted a more holistic approach to culture change and integration. Capability Development Programme integrated with improvement projects: This case study looks at how an improvement […]
We would like to send our warmest congratulations to Dwr Cymru. The only not-for-profit utility provider in England and Wales, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has been recognised as ‘Most Recommended’ water company in the UK by Moneywise magazine. The company, which employs more than 3,000 people, was voted the Most Recommended by Moneywise readers. Welsh […]
The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017 Shortlist includes a number of our clients. We would like to congratulate all nominated companies and look forward to this prestigious awards event which our Head of Food & Drink – Jeff Williams, and Head of Retail & Distribution, Richard Lynch will attend in London on November 1st. For […]
We would like to congratulate Cardiff University and clients, Panalpina as they are included as an industry ’best practice’ in the National Centre for Universities and Business 2017 State of Relationship report about university and business. Our client, Panalpina, is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions. Panalpina combines air freight and […]
Cranswick Plc is a multi award winning company which started back in the 1970’s from a group of farmers who were inspired by the simple idea – you get what you put in. Today, Cranswick are one of the largest food producers in Britain with around 5000 employees. Employee engagement is a fundamental element of […]
Creating an Impact This programme has realised over CHF 6M in cost improvements from 2012-2016 (£4,751,937.72 at ex rate – 1 Swiss Franc = 0.79 British Pound). The Lean journey started for the facility in 2013, and just one year after the programme started, the site was already showing signs of an improvement culture existent on the shop […]
This months podcast interview is with Ben Evans, who is the Process Improvement Manager at SSE plc (a utilities company based in Cardiff). Ben previously worked as a Lean Specialist and Programme Manager at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and prior to that worked for the Lloyds Banking Group. We Learn about his Lean Competency System […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button. The client had a strong leadership vision and strategic plan for the development of the organisation which clearly identified the ambition to grow a continuous improvement and lean operating mentality across the organisation. Secondarily there was a requirement from one of the major customers […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button. Help was required to design the structure, develop relevant materials, deliver the training programmes, assess and certify successful candidates through a bespoke, integrated Lean Academy capability development programme for over 800 personnel. Clients include multi-national Aerospace, Security & Defence Contractors, where each developed a strategy […]
S A Partners have very close ties with both Cardiff University and Panalpina and a number of us are Cardiff University Alumni members. We are therefore delighted to congratulate Panalpina on their recent double success at the Cardiff University Innovation & Impact Awards. We would like to especially mention Andy Lahy – Global Head of […]
In this new monthly feature we interview a Lean advocate who has travelled along a personal Lean learning journey. It covers when they first learned about Lean Thinking, what happened next and how their career has changed. In this month’s edition we focus upon Phil Shelley, Lean Enterprise Director, Becketts Foods, ‘Meat & Poultry Manufacturer of […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Nichols plc is an international soft drinks business with sales in over 85 countries, selling products in both the still and carbonate categories. The diversification of the business is a major contributor to their consistent growth. Brands such as Vimto benefit […]
Dwr Cymru see their Lean programme as critical for them to meet the challenges ahead for the organisation and their customers. By creating a culture of continuous improvement, it will enable them to think about how to make tomorrow better than today. Over the coming months and years, Lean will be rolled out across the […]
S A Partners work with a number of high profile Aerospace and Defence companies in the UK and internationally. Programmes include performance improvement, ‘CI Coach’ capability development and Leadership development programmes.
This month’s Food & Drink case focus looks at what’s been happening in this sector, especially case studies and guest speaker engagements carried out by the sector head Jeff Williams.
A brand new case study has been published highlighting the benefits achieved by our Australian and NZ based group at Airbus.
In this months podcast feature, we interview Maria Pia Caraccia who is the Regional Logistics Continuous improvement Manager for the America’s at Panalpina. When did you first learn about Lean Thinking? My first contact with lean thinking was a long time ago while I was still in University. Back then I learnt theoretical concepts and as […]
S A Partners are working with a number of high profile companies in the Aerospace & Defence sectors. In particular, we work on Lean Academy and Coaching Programmes. Our experienced consultants deliver the training and coaching, accredited to the Cardiff University Lean Competency System (LCS) and an internationally renowned Leadership offering.
S A Partners are engaged in a number of strategic and exciting enterprise excellence and capability development programmes within the Aerospace and Defence sector. The sector is led by Robin Jaques , Partner at S A Partners.
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Profit margin increased on a range of products from 24% to 60% Changeover reduced from 20hrs to 8hrs for a full and from 14hrs to 6hrs for a partial Output increased from 6000 blisters per day to 38000 blisters per day […]
This month Kevin Wadge, Principle Consultant and Lean Academy Trainer at S A Partners has produced an excellent Case Study on a ‘pilot’ process improvement activity in a small pharmaceutical secondary packaging site. This approach was so successful it is being rolled out at other sites within the multi-national company.
With a new case study in Food & Drink released, and our head of sector speaking at the prestigious National Skills Academy conference in February, things are certainly getting busy!
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. 30% increase in capacity to handle additional sales volume 8% reduction in cost per kilo Increase in OEE from 54% to 70% Reduction in minor stops of 72% from 700 mins per week to 200 mins Improved product quality, reduced defects, […]
S A Partners work with some of the most recognised Life Science companies in the world. The sector is led by John Quirke, Partner at S A Partners, and this month Alan Jones, Principle Consultant and Supply Chain expert at S A Partners has produced an excellent Case Study on Lean transformation in a small pharmaceutical secondary packaging site.
To see the full case study click the download link in the right hand column. £250k saving in agency cost £2200k uplift in sales Reduced average sample turnaround in the studio from 150 hours to 23 hours £2200k uplift in sales Increased shot volume from 30,000 to 110,000 shots per annum To see the full […]
We are currently working with clients in premium quality high street retailers, department stores, supermarkets, specialist retail chains (e.g. DIY, automotive), restaurant chains and logistics providers.
This month Andy Brunskill, Principle Consultant and Total Productive Maintenance lead at S A Partners has produced an excellent Case Study on improving process stability in a ‘Chewing Gum Based’ production process.
The Vale Clydach refinery site in Swansea, Wales, are the first Welsh & UK business to win the Shingo Silver Medallion in the 25 years of Shingo. They are the 2nd ever European business to win this prestigious award, the 1st since 2012. The recognition of this honour continues to spread – see the recent […]
This month Jeff Williams, Partner and Head of the Food & Drink Sector at S A Partners has produced a Case Study on Kettle Foods – one of our valuable clients
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Substantial £ benefits to be delivered business wide. The exact details remain confidential at the request of Kettle Foods. The approach was a major enabler to Kettle Foods achieving M & S Lean Silver accreditation and will form a key platform […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. OTD is up from 98% to 100% and is being sustained. There has been a productivity improvement of 86% since the start of the Project The 2 week backlog which existed at the start of the project has been completely removed […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Reduced batch failure Reduced salvage generation Reduced batch failure on costs e.g. transportation, extra sampling, manual handling Improved standardised working practises e.g. Changeover process Improved equipment and process consciousness Improved cross functional working To see the full case study, click the […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Where a successful Coach has been deployed the average improvement from a number of processes was reported as: 11% increase in productivity 39% reduction in overall process lead time Supported by IT, the improvements were quickly carried over to other processes […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Group cost to income ratio improved 70bps to 42.9 in 2014 as productivity initiatives delivered tangible outcomes $500 million in Productivity savings over the past two years ($280 million FY14 + $220 million FY13) Customer service teller transactions improved 11% Asset […]
We are delighted and proud to announce that Vistaprint’s Deer Park Plant has, this month, been awarded a prestigious Shingo Award for Operational Excellence by the Shingo Institute, establishing it as the first Australian Plant and first printing plant globally to have been recognised in this way. The Shingo Institute recognises companies for delivering world […]
Chris Butterworth presents Lean Competency Certificate to Richard Camilleri ( MD Eximius) . Chris said “Richard has successfully completed S A Partners Lean Competency levels 1a and 1 b as well as undertaking the Lean Leadership workshop.
During 2013, S A Partners undertook an extensive customer value survey of its client base with the aim to understand how to provide an even better offering to our clients
Following on from the Shingo Medallion award announcement, Vale headquarters have recognised the hard work by all concerned at the Vale site in Swansea
Vale in Clydach, Swansea, have been awarded the coveted Shingo Silver Medallion by The Shingo Institute. The award has been dubbed the “Nobel Prize of Manufacturing” by the North-American magazine Business Week.
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. A 111 year production high in 2013 of 93 million Lbs 20% reduction in costs / tonne manufactured Zero lost time in injuries 2010, 2011, 2013 95% of all waste recycled Shingo Silver Medallion Winner 2014 To see the full case […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Productivity has doubled in a decade 98% ontime in full (OTIF) delivery A robust Process Failure Mode and Effect identification and resolution system is now in place To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column.
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Reduction in overtime costs of £75k 4% increase in delivery capacity per shift Elimination of 2 trailers resulting in annual savings of £54k To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column.
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. A 40% reduction in artwork origination costs (€250k) Reduction in product obsolescence per launch (generating savings of around €50k per launch) Projects delivered against customer required launch dates To see the full case study, click the green download button in the […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Reduction in agency and overtime working costs of £255k CAPEX cost avoidance for new kit of £75k Reduction in operating maintenance cost of £6240 per annum To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column.
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Financial savings realised 33% above target 25% of workforce trained in systematic problem-solving Customer satisfaction improved by a third A structured process for classifying and resolving incidents of non-conformance Wasted product reduced by a third in the first 12 months of […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. £1.1m extra sales from missing meters £5m in capital expenditure savings £1.2 m in operational expenditure savings To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column.
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Increased trolley utilisation from: 3.8% to 4.3% against a target of 4% Significant increase in revenue from trolleys, due to increased utilisation Financial savings made in the Meet and Greet process To see the full case study, click the green download […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Stabilised the variation in production lead time of camper production from 3-12 weeks to 3 weeks production cycle Reduced production cycle from 3 weeks to 3 days Reduce the lead time of swag production from 3 weeks to 2.6 day To […]
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. Labour savings of £240k Additional 17% throughput leading to an estimated gross profit increase of £1.7m To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column.
To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column. 90% of launches within specified KPI’s 25% reduction in time to launch 10% increase in capacity (number of projects per R&D head 6% reduction in dormant projects To see the full case study, click the green download button in the column.
S A Partners would like to congratulate the Greencore ‘Food to Go’ team at Manton Wood on being highly commended at the Made In Midlands Awards for its initiative which has driven a significant reduction in wastage at the site. The Made In Midlands Awards, organised by Business Insider Media, recognises the achievements of businesses across […]
S A Partners are delighted to announce their strategic partnership with Verhoef Training.