September 23



Lean Café - sharing lean thinking in a friendly atmosphere

The EU-Japan Centre invites you to join us at our virtual Lean Café. We meet monthly (via Zoom) to discuss and share lean thinking. There are no participation costs, but you do need to sign up in advance. 410 people have joined the first 8 Lean Café sessions.

Our next session...

Thursday, 23 September, from 11:00 Brussels (10:00 UK, 18:00 Tokyo):

Lean Café #09 - Applying WCM principles and tools to create a World-Class Company | featuring CNH Industrial - book your place now via this webform

C​NH Industrial is a global leader in capital goods that implements design, manufacturing, distribution, commercial and financial activities in international markets.​​​​ Across its 66 manufacturing plants and 57 R&D centres, it employs 64,000 people.

CNH Industrial sees WCM as a "road map to continuous improvement, plotted through the elimination of waste, whether it be time, quality or material. It is of vital importance to all of us in terms of business strategy and company results".

CNH Industrial uses 460 tools and methods including: 5S, 5W1H, TWTTP HERCA, Kaizen, Spaghetti Chart, LUTI, PPA, DOE, TOC, FIFO, QA Matrix, VSM, Risk Prediction, O&R, IPS, TRIZ. Periodic audits are used to evaluate a selection of WCM pillars. 2 plants are 'Gold' standard, 16 have won 'Silver' and 28 have been awarded 'Bronze'.

During September's Lean Café session, Fabio Piccinelli, Francesco Russo & Magali Buclon (all WCM Senior Specialists at CNH Industrial) will explain CNH Industrial's WCM strategy and how it applies world-class manufacturing principles throughout its organisation and will react to your comments and questions.

Future sessions...

Thursday, 14 October Lean Café #10 with Mondelēz International - Lean in the food industry

It is not yet possible to register for this session, but if you would like to be notified when it is, please email us and we will add you to our mailing-list so you receive details of these and future Café sessions and (when, we are able to restart them) our Lean in Europe visits.

Past sessions...

For details of past Lean Café discussions please click here. Previous Lean Cafés featured SpoluWorks and Effectivity, Lyreco UK & Ireland, the Irish National Treasury Management Agency, Opex Performance Solutions Ltd, Tetra Pak, Shinka Managament, Jaguar Land Rover Limited and the Toyota Lean Management Centre.

How the Lean Café works

  • Each Café sitting begins with a presentation on a specific topic and ends with a discussion where you can give your feedback, ask questions or share your experiences.
  • It is moderated by Prof. Richard Keegan (Adjunct Professor of Lean Operational Excellence, Trinity Business School) - the EU-Japan Centre's Lean Advisor.
  • The Lean Café is organised approximately once a month, if you would like to be sent details of our future Café sessions and our Lean in Europe visits, please email us.

Other resources to help you on your lean journey

  • Our World-Class Manufacturing course in Japan - week-long training missions, providing an in-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology, consisting of lectures, workshops and visits to some of the world’s most advanced Japanese factories in order to understand the real "Gemba" (production site), talk directly with their production managers and observe the effective implementation of manufacturing methods. The next WCM mission will take place from 15-19 November 2021.
  • Our Lean Masterclass - a series of 8 video lectures by Richard Keegan, recorded in 2016 and focus on "Getting things done". In addition to watching/downloading the lectures you can also request copies of the presentation material and various publications written by Richard.
  • Our Lean in Europe visits - in-depth visits to European plants to discuss best practice, facilitate the sharing of ideas and networking and to inspire their participants along their companies' lean journeys and to provide valuable feedback to the host companies. Currently suspended, we hope to re-start the visits in late 2021 / early 2022.

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