Manufacturers having survived the recession are now turning their improvement emphasis from crude cost cutting measures to longer-term initiatives targeting their internal operations.
However and perhaps surprisingly, these manufacturing improvement initiatives often fail. The reason? While factories may be similar, the environment and the starting point will always differ. The first vital key is to understand and benchmark the manufacturing environment in order to appreciate which initiatives will truly flourish and enable the organisation to become world class. These improvement initiatives form part of the three-stage progression through to world class manufacturing.