LEAN VISITS IN EUROPE
To help raise EU industrial competitiveness, the EU-Japan Centre began organising in-depth visits to world class European plants in 2013. Participants learn about the host company's 'lean journey' in its relentless drive to be competitive, and see the lean tools it uses 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:
12 & 13 November 2018
Basque Country, Spain
Lean in Europe visit #20 - GKN Driveline Zumaia
Visit focus: GKN Driveline's use of lean manufacturing deployment plant wide, digital factory model and a Factory 4.0 roadmap.
GKN Driveline is a leading automotive driveline technology and systems engineer. It designs and manufactures an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world's car manufacturers including for 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive, hybrid and electric vehicles. For details about this visit, click here.
The application deadline has passed (on 11 October) - it is no longer possible to apply for a place on the visit.
04 & 05 December 2018
Lean in Europe visit #21 - Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd's Deeside Engine Plant
We are currently arranging future visits. Once they are confirmed, details about the visits (including dates, the topics and tools to be covered during the visit and a provisional agenda) will be published on this webpage. If you would like to be sent details when they are available please email us.
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 (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.
The last eight visits were to TRUMPF (Germany), Rosderra Irish Meats (Ireland), Schaeffler (Austria), Phonovation and Topflight Travel Group (double visit in Ireland), HansaMatrix (Latvia), Rolls Royce (United Kingdom), Rational AG (Germany) and to thyssenkrupp Norte (Spain). Click here for details of all past visits.