May 26



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 ROSDERRA IRISH MEATS near Dublin  on Thursday, 24 May.

Focus of the visit:  ROSDERRA's lean journey, PIT process based on the improvement through PERFORMANCE, ISSUES and TARGETS and its development through the PM system.

Visit details: click here.

Online applications: Wednesday, 2 May.

To TRUMPF near Stuttgart on Friday, 25 May.

Focus of the visit: TRUMPF's production system, its digital transformation, Industry 4.0 and digitisation of order-to-cash process.

Visit details: click here.

Online applications: Deadline already passed.

Details of future visits will be available on this page in the near future.

On 23 May 2018, the EU-Japan Centre is supporting the organisation of Enterprise Excellence Ireland. This is "Europe's Leading Lean Management/Six Sigma event" and is organised by BoxMedia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Lean Business Ireland and DELL EMC.

Similar to the lean conferences the EU-Japan Centre and Enterprise Ireland organised in the past, this will feature 32 best practice case studies, including a Japan room looking at "Lean in the Digital Age".

Register online at: (the delegate charge is €195 + VAT and gives you access to all the case studies, workshops and plenary discussions).

1 or 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

  • There are a limited number of places available for each visit. Having previously consulted the host company, the EU-Japan Centre will write individually to all applicants a few days after the application deadline to inform them whether their application is succesful or not. Given the competitive nature of the process, and the limited number of places, not everyone who applies will get a place. An individual plant or site will be allocated a maximum of 2 places, and possibly fewer. Applicants who book flights or hotel accommodation before receiving formal confirmation from the EU-Japan Centre that they have been allocated a place on the visit do so at their own risk.
  • 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.
  • Each Lean in Europe visit is organised separately - people wishing to take part in more than one visit must submit separate applications.

Previous visits

The last eight visits were to Schaeffler (Austria), Phonovation and Topflight Travel Group (Ireland), Hansa Matrix (Latvia), Rolls Royce (United Kingdom), Rational AG (Germany), thyssenkrupp Norte (Spain), 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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