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A Lean Story from the UK

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Springs maker saves £50,000 by going lean – Crain's Manchester Business

Here's a Lean story from the U.K…

A Rochdale-based maker of springs for military, aerospace and automotive customers, has saved £50,000 and improved productivity thanks to lean manufacturing techniques.United Springs said it has reduced lead time on a key product line by 15 days and reduced inventory levels by 10 per cent to free up cash flow.

It's a short article, but I was happy to see they focused on culture and kaizen, not just a one-time implementation of tools:

United Springs said the project, which was part-funded by the North West Aerospace Alliance, had created a continuous improvement culture within the business, with all employees involved in contributing to the change. Fifteen small teams have been formed to work on productivity improvement, customer satisfaction and shop floor layout.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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