S A Partners hosts Lean best practice event at Vale as part of the Lean Immersion Programme
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S A Partners hosts Lean best practice event at Vale as part of the Lean Immersion Programme

On the 22 January 2013, S A Partners held an event at one of its leading Clients, Vale as part of the S A Partners Lean Immersion Programme. Attended by companies from the UK, Ireland and Europe. You can view our Process Industry sector page to view Mike Cox’s video  on winning the Shingo award.

The S A Partners Lean Immersion Programme is designed to highlight best practice and enable businesses to learn from one another.

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Mike Cox, (fourth from left) General Manager, UK Operations at Vale with some of the event attendees

Vale has been working with S A Partners for the last 3 years on its business excellence journey, today they can boast

–20% increase in productivity

–40% reduction in inventory

–60% reduction in customer complaints

 

The day consisted of networking, a presentation of the Vale journey, a site tour and a Q & A session with the Vale senior management team.

Areas of best practice noted were; the deployment process, how Vale achieved engagement and ownership, workplace organisation, commitment and enthusiasm of the management team and the believe that people make the difference.

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The takeaways for the attendees are to improve your business and not do lean, to align your people and processes to drive improvement. Balance deployment with problem solving capability with ability to coach people. Stick at it and be prepared to change your journey.
All proceeds from the Lean Immersion events are donated to our chosen charity, Chernobyl Children.
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