While many leading manufacturers have been practising Lean for years, there are still gains to be made – especially in overlooked areas like industrial supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Practicing what we preach
Kimberly-Clark is a major manufacturer ourselves. Adopting the Efficient Workplace in our own facilities helped us save £2.2 billion and more than 1.4 million hours of waste across 25 of our own factories in 2011 and 2012. Now we do it for others and it’s a pretty powerful thing.
Lean identifies 8 wastes that compromise efficiency and inhibit quality in the workplace. Industrial supplies and PPE play a role in at least five of them. Find out more in Kimberly-Clark’s 7 Principles of Lean Supplies ebook.