Lean in Europe takes small groups of people interested in process improvement to a company to learn how it uses lean tools to drive its activities be that in manufacturing, services or indeed any other sector. The goal is for the participants to learn, see, understand and share good practice and to engage, challenge and provide feedback to the host company.
Originally started in 2013, 32 visits to 33 companies have taken place so far, with 684 participants to date.
|Toyota Motor Manufacturing France in Valenciennes, France
Tuesday 05 & Wednesday 06 March 2024
The Lean in Europe activity will end with these visits. So don't delay, if you would like to benefit from this activity and engage with other lean enthusiasts from across Europe as you learn about how the host company uses lean tools inspired by Japanese production methodology to drive its improvement activities.
An overview of all past visits and links to detailed information on each of them can be found in the Lean in Europe archive.
The precise agenda varies between visits, but generally visits include:
No participation costs, but participants will have to cover their travel and accommodation costs. The EU-Japan Centre will cover the costs of the venue for the group discussion, the group dinner and the coach from the hotel to the host company and (after the visit) onto the airport.
The candidate must:
- work for an organisation that is a juridical person based in
- have a good command of English
- should be involved in their company / organisation's lean activities (preferably in a leadership role)
- priority will be given to applicants who have not taken part in previous Lean in Europe visits
- applications will be strengthened when details are given about the applicant's lean role in their company, their company's lean strategy and motivation for having a place on the specific visit.
(*) Please check the status of your country at https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/smp/guidance/list-3rd-country-participation_smp_en.pdf, for EFTA countries, please only refer to the sub-paragraph: "COSME strand (SMP COSME)". For EU Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates, please only refer to the countries for which the agreement is in force.
SMP-COSME: Stands for “Countries Participating in the COSME strand of the Single Market Programme". The Single Market Programme is the Commission programme that funds the EU-Japan Centre.
"Lean in Europe" is just one of a range of lean activities the EU-Japan Centre offers.
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