Medical devices manufacturing businesses are being invited to attend a workshop free-of-charge next month giving a rare insight into methods proven to improve productivity.
The one-day event, at the Toyota Engine Plant Deeside on 11 May, will share lessons learned in automotive manufacturing that are transferable to the medical devices industry.
The workshop co-hosts are Toyota Lean Management Centre, widely acknowledged as a world leader in manufacturing productivity and the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders) Industry Forum, which provides consultancy and training to help transform manufacturing competitiveness in many diverse industries.
The Industry Forum’s chief executive, Dr Chris Owen, said: "At a time when we keep hearing how British productivity is lagging behind international competitors, the automotive sector is reaching out to other UK manufacturing sectors to show that productivity does not have to be a puzzle."
"We are inviting chief executives and managing directors from medical devices manufacturing businesses to gain a deeper understanding of how to deliver productivity improvements by examining their own beliefs and looking at methods underpinning Toyota’s world-class operational performance."
The Toyota Lean Management Centre shares knowledge, understanding and experience with non-competitive organisations that have the desire to develop people and processes.
Experienced Toyota members work with small, medium and large multinational companies in a range of sectors including food, chemicals, aerospace and pharma.
The centre helps identify current conditions and tailors plans to develop people whilst providing insight, challenge and support to eliminate organisational problems.
It also provides unique study and bench-marking opportunities at Toyota's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Deeside in North Wales.
The workshop will encourage senior executives to examine and challenge their own beliefs about productivity; consider conditions necessary for success; gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of Challenge, Kaizen, Genchi-Butsu, team-work and respect; examining the application of knowledge to different productivity scenarios.
Workshop attendance is free but Toyota and Industry Forum suggest that participating companies make a donation to the Toyota Charitable Trust upon receipt of an invitation. Interested parties can click here for further information and to request attendance.