The Lean in Europe visit to SKF Slewing Bearings - Avallon (France), will take place on Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 November 2019. Click the above link for the latest news about the visit.

If you would like to apply for a place, please complete this application form no later than Sunday, 27 October 2019. For the terms and conditions please refer to the main Lean in Europe webpage.

Given the competitive nature of the process, and the limited number of places, not everyone who applies will get a place. You should NOT book any flights or hotel stays until you have received an email from the EU-Japan Centre confirming that you have been allocated a place on the activity. Anyone who does make such bookings now, does so at their own risk.

Whilst your company is welcome to apply for more than one place, depending upon the numbers of places available and suitable applicants, the EU-Japan Centre may limit places to one per company.

Any questions? Please e-mail or call +32 2 282 3714.

Please note that only complete application forms submitted before the application deadline will be considered.

Information about you
Month - Day - Year : e.g. Jan 1 1971
Only nationals of the EU Member-States and citizens of a COSME Third Country, or Japan, can take part in the visit.
If you have a LinkedIn profile, please give its url. This helps us understand your background and also allows us to connect with you.
Information about your company
Should your company have more than one website, please give the url for the website relating to your site / division.
Please describe in a little detail the main sector of activity of your company (or the part you work for). E.g. aerospace, automotive, healthcare.
With the EU and Japan Economic Partnership Agreement now in force, it is useful for us to know whether or not your company currently exports its products / services to Japan. (This has NO bearing on your application or on the Lean in Europe visit.)
Office address

Please give the street address for your place of work

Information about your line manager
For statistical purposes we need to know if your company meets the standard European Commission definition of an SME. If so, it must have 250 or fewer workers AND either a turnover not larger than €50m or a balance sheet total not larger than €43m. If your company is an SME please reply "Yes", if it is a large company please reply "No". If your company is a micro company, please reply "Yes".
Your motivation
We'd be interested to know why you would like a place on this specific visit (e.g. you work in a similar sector / face similar challenges as the host company).
Travel information - via Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport

Please note: that the mission will start and end at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG).

During the 2h30 coach transfer from Paris CDG airport to Avallon, Prof. Richard Keegan will lead a lean lecture and activity to prepare participants for the visit. Similarly, during the return coach transfer, he will debrief participants on what they have learnt and how they can adapt/apply it. For this reason all participants will have to join the coach transfer rather than meeting directly at the factory. The precise meeting time and location at the airport and details of the hotel in Avallon will be notified to succesful applicants after the application deadline.
Other details
During the visit to the factory, participants will need to wear safety shoes. Please indicate whether you have ones you can bring or whether you need ones to be provided for you.
Please state your EUROPEAN shoe size. Click here for a conversion table.
For your own safety, please let us know if you have a pacemaker fitted.

You have indicated that you have a pacemaker. If this is indeed the case, please ignore this message (if you are allocated a place on the course, we shall advise the host company accordingly). If you haven't had a pacemaker fitted please correct your answer to the previous question.

How did you hear about this visit
It would be helpful for us to know how you heard about this visit.
Document to submit

Please upload a recent passport-style photo. Please label it with your surname and then "-photo" (e.g. "Smith-photo).

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.
Final check

Please click on the "Preview your application" button you will then be able to see the answers you have given and can print/save a copy for your records. You then need to click on the "Submit" button. A copy of your application will then be sent to the EU-Japan Centre and a copy will be sent to the work email address you gave.

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