In the last year UK Manufacturing grew productivity by 5.7% (source EEF), in the years since 1997 productivity growth has been 50%!! The two companies below achieved much more than that though.
Case Study 1 – Lean Manufacturing FMCG, Warehousing & Distribution Company gains 14% Productivity increase.
Case Study 2 – Lean Manufacturing Printing Company gains 40% more capacity.
What does this mean for manufacturing? simply (and on average) a manufacturing employee was completing 5.7% more work at the end of 2010 than they were at the end of 2009 + every employee involved in manufacturing in 2010 is capable of making 50% more products than in 1997.
So just a couple of thoughts?
- Have your team (managers and staff) delivered similar improvements? a 5.7% improvement in productivity in the last 12 months or 50% since 1997?
- Are you getting better returns, every year, from the same levels of investment in people, machinery, raw materials?
If not, how could that be? remember 5.7% is an average, so some companies will have gained much more than this*
If you haven’t had such gains,
- Do your teams have the time to look for productivity improvements?
- Do you think your teams know where to look for productivity improvements?
* the two companies in the case studies above gained 14% & 40% improvement by using Lean Manufacturing and Thinking techniques, we completed the work for them via the MAS scheme.
If you’re a manufacturing business owner or a manager who’d like to find out whether you could be getting better returns for your investment and improve your productivity there is a FREE scheme that can help you find out.
A FREE scheme? well it’s the Manufacturing Advisory Service and in case you’re thinking “didn’t the Government pull all the funding for RDA’s, Business Link etc?” well for this particular scheme it’s full steam ahead. Just before Christmas the Coalition announced plans to extend the scheme and provide further funding.
What do you get for FREE then? you get to meet with an experienced manufacturing professional, normally at your own premises, so no travel involved, who will assess your needs and provide the names of accredited companies who can help you with improving your productivity.
Nearly forgot to mention the £3,000 FREE investment for productivity work. If you decide to invest in productivity projects, with an accredited supplier, then you could get up to £3,000 towards the costs.
Lots of paperwork? hoops to jump through? not normally, your advisors can help you with the small amount of paperwork to be filled in.
Do you qualify? Do you employ less than 250 employees? have a turnover less than 50M euros? see most companies will qualify.
ResQ currently complete work for MAS in Lean Thinking across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Humberside, Yorkshire (East, West, North and South).
If you’re in these areas, give us a call (01904 277 007 or 0115 711 7007) and we can see if we can help.
Outside of these then go to the MAS website and give them a call.
Who knows you could be making 5%,10%,15% even 40% more this time next year!