March 27


March 28


LEAN IN EUROPE (Driving Competitiveness)

With a view to helping raise industrial competitiveness, the EU-Japan Centre has organised in-depth visits to world class European plants since 2013. During the visits, participants will learn about the host company's 'lean journey' including the tools it uses in its relentless drive to be competitive, and will see the tools in operation. These best practice visits are designed to inspire the participants along their companies' lean journeys and can also provide valuable feedback to the host companies. 

Our next visits:

To ThyssenKrupp Norte (tkN) in Spain on Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 March 2017 (it is no longer possible to apply for a place, the application deadline having passed).

The tkN visit will focus on: team work organisation | synchronised flow production of tailor-made machines | flexible flow assembly line with long takt times | HOSHIN KANRI approach | factory 4.0 approach | inbound logistics milkrun

To Rational AG in Germany on Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 May 2017 (application deadline: 10 April 2017 - complete this webform)

The Rational AG visit will focus on: 100% KANBAN for purchasing material and in-house component production | cascade shopfloor management | entrepreneur within the enterprise (personal responsibility) | 100% customer order-related | pilots in industry 4.0

Each Lean in Europe visit is organised separately - people wishing to take part in more than one visit must submit separate applications.

2-day activity

The precise structure of each visit is unique and specific details can be found on the individual visit webpages, but the basis structure is:

Day 1: a preparatory evening with a lean activity or lecture led by Prof. Richard Keegan (Enterprise Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin) - the EU Japan Centre's Lean/Best Practice advisor, and a networking dinner hosted by the EU-Japan Centre.

Day 2: the company visit - a unique opportunity to see world-class principles in action with lectures, shop-floor visits, coaching and detailed explanations provided by the host company.


Participants' companies will be expected to cover their travel and hotel costs. There are no participation costs associated with this activity. The EU-Japan Centre covers the costs of the preparatory evening and local transfers.

Eligibility and participant profile

  • Priority will be given to applicants with some experience in implementing lean.
  • Candidates must be citizens of an EU Member-State or COSME Third Country, be employed by an organisation that is an EU juridical person, have a reasonable command of English and their application must be supported by their employer. By applying, candidates agree to take part in the full mission.
  • Applications should be submitted online via the specific web application form for the visit in question.

Previous visits

The last five visits were to Odelo d.o.o (Slovenia), Maserati (Italy), Rottapharm Meda (Ireland), Mondelēz International (Poland) and to DHL Supply Chain (Netherlands). Click here for details of all past visits.


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