Since 2013, the EU-Japan Centre organises regular Lean visits in Europe. The visits help European engineers develop and improve their companies activities with a better understanding of best practice.

2 day-mission

  • Day 1: a preparatory evening with a roundtable discussion on 'Lean' and 'how to become Lean', 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: a unique opportunity to see world-class principles in action with lectures, shop-floor visits, coaching and detailed explanations provided by the host company. 

Costs - Participants' companies will be expected to cover their travel and hotel costs. There are no participation costs associated with this activity.

Eligibility - 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 - Priority will be given to applicants with some experience in implementing lean. Applications should be submitted online via the specific web application form for the visit in question.

Our forthcoming visits:

  • To Odelo in Slovenia on Monday 05 & Tuesday 06 December 2016 (the application deadline is 23 October)
  • To Thyssenkrupp Norte in Spain in March 2017 (details to be announced)

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

Previous visits - The last four visits were to Maserati (Italy)Rottapharm Meda (Ireland), Mondelēz International (Poland) and to DHL Supply Chain (Netherlands). 

See more visits

EU-Japan Centre News

The 4-week training offers EU managers the unique opportunity to experience and understand both the...
April 2017 - September 2017 slot The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation proposes a 6 month...
We’re happy to announce that the latest edition of the EU-Japan Centre Newsletter is now online!...


Testimonials FROM former participants   Hoang Duy Nguyen (BE) trainee at NTT, VJ2013-14"My year spent in Japan has without a doubt been the most exciting experience of my life so far." Read more...
Vulcanus in Japan student internship programme Are you a company in Japan willing to host a European trainee? This programme is for you! What is it? “Vulcanus in Japan” is a 1-year internship...


Brief Japan Industrial Reports ADDITIONAL REPORTS AVAILABLE on www....
EU-Japan Newsletter, Issue #55 October 2016. The Centre is pleased to present...
September 2016 Japanese Industry and Policy News Topics covered on the September issue:...