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The best proof of the effectiveness of lean management can be found in the companies who have successfully implemented Lean and continue to develop on an upwards trajectory.

Here they are: our BestPractice partners – market leaders, technology leaders and hidden champions. And world-class representatives of lean transformation.

ABB Schweiz AG

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

The business division ABB HCS (High Current Systems) develops, sells, produces, installs and maintains generator circuit breakers on a world-wide scale. ABB HCS is market leader and a globally recognized technology leader. ABB HCS wants to stick out in terms of technology, quality as well as competence. ABB HCS wants to achieve cost leadership with optimized processes in all disciplines to be profitable above average and in the long run. The business division has therefore been transferred into a Lean Enterprise. ABB HCS has been awarded in 2010 with the “Best Fabric 2010 in Europe” award as well as in 2015 with the Manufacturing Excellence Award.

ABUS

ABUS has been providing people worldwide with the reassuring feeling of security since 1924. As a German quality manufacturer, ABUS ensures that its products are highly reliable and durable while being easy to use. To meet the growing needs of private and commercial users, ABUS provides a wide range of innovative security solutions in the areas of Security at Home, Security Outside and Property Security.

The ABUS Group includes the companies ABUS August Bremicker Söhne KG, ABUS Security-Center GmbH & Co. KG, ABUS Pfaffenhain GmbH and ABUS Seccor GmbH, with approximately 3,000 employees worldwide.

Aerzener Maschinenfabrik GmbH

Die Aerzener Maschinenfabrik ist führender Spezialist und Global Player, der zuverlässige, energieeffiziente und hochleistungsfähige Drehkolbengebläse, Turbogebläse und Schraubenverdichter an Kunden weltweit liefert. Das Familienunternehmen verfügt über mehr als 150 Jahre Erfahrung in der Entwicklung und Umsetzung von Lösungen für die industrielle Förderung, Verdichtung oder Messung von Luft und Gasen. Komprimierte Gase befördern beispielsweise Kaffeebohnen vom Silo zur Röstanlage. Oder sie belüften Klärbecken so exakt, dass sich Bakterien genau im richtigen Maßstab vermehren und verschmutztes Wasser optimal reinigen können.

Mit weltweit ca. 2.100 Mitarbeitern betreibt die AERZEN-Gruppe mehr als 40 Tochtergesellschaften. Mit den Ansätzen des Lean Managements wurden in der Vergangenheit und werden auch in Zukunft in den Bereichen Administration und Produktion Prozesse optimiert. Expect performance.

Agfa HealthCare

Agfa HealthCare is a leader in the fast-growing market of integrated IT and imaging systems, providing healthcare facilities with a seamless flow of information and a 360° view of patient treatment.

The Agfa Group has approximately 12,000 employees worldwide (around 800 of these at four German sites of Agfa-Gevaert HealthCare GmbH), generating sales of approximately 3 billion euros with around 11,000 products in the field of medical technology.
At the Peißenberg plant 280 employees of Agfa-Gevaert HealthCare GmbH produce medical devices in a range of variants at annual quantities of 100 to 3,000.

The company philosophy: using continuous production to produce what the customer requires, in the shortest of times and without wastage. This makes the plant a prime example of lean production. Production flows, with short through-put times and minimal stock holding. In the past four years alone the plant has been able to reduce its manufacturing costs by 22 percent.

In 2009 the Peißenberg plant was awarded the distinction of "Factory of the Year - Best Assembly". The plant is fit for the future and viewed as secure for the long term.

Albrecht Jung

Albrecht Jung GmbH & Co. KG was established in Schalksmühle/Sauerland in 1912. Under the motto "Fortschritt als Tradition" [Progress as tradition], the company has established itself within 100 years of successful company history as a specialist for switches and systems. With a second production site in Lünen, its own subsidiaries and numerous agencies across the world, JUNG is also a renowned player on the international market. Team work and innovative strength are the pillars of its success.

JUNG offers appliances and systems that convince with state-of-the-art technology, sophisticated design and comprehensive functionality. Its product range comprises switches, plugs, dimmers and guards in numerous variations. In addition, the portfolio also includes innovative systems to control functions in house or apartment, covering a wide range of applications: control of lighting or blinds, temperature control, radio technology including KNX technology, door communication and multi-media control. In addition to comfort and security, these products also meet specifications in terms of cost and energy efficiency. All JUNG products are manufactured in Germany. At its sites in Schalksmühle and Lünen, the company's output is at a consistently high level of quality that customers across the world can rely upon. These achievements by JUNG were recognised. As the first manufacturer in North-Rhine Westphalia, the company was awarded the "Made in Germany" certification by TÜV NORD. In May 2012, the brand strength of the company won a further award, the Plus X Award for the "Most Innovative Brand of the Year“ in the electrical and media technology product group. In addition, three new JUNG products of 2012 have been recognised with a Plus X Award – that is innovative strength "Made in Germany" which customers across the globe can rely upon!

ALSTOM

Alstom in Germany is one of the major suppliers of German rail infrastructure. The company focuses on manufacturing rail vehicles for local rail transport: trams and suburban railways, commuter trains and regional trains. Our trains travel from Schleswig-Holstein to Bavaria. Over 1,000 sold units prove that the Alstom Coradiaplatform has established itself in regional railway traffic. The newly developed hybrid shunting locomotive reduces CO2 emissions up to 50%, while pollutant emissions overall are cut by up to 70%.

Alstom is the only manufacturer of railway engineering systems to offer maintenance, servicing and modernisationservices for all rail vehicle types, and components for series from all manufacturers and transport information systems in Germany. In Germany, more than 90% of the ETCS (European Train Control System)-equipped high-speed trains are equipped with signallingtechnology from Alstom. In Germany, Alstom has a workforce of over 3,000 people working on 6 sites.

Autoliv INC

Autoliv INC is an internationally leading supplier of safety systems for the automobile industry. The group disposes of production facilities on all five continents as well as development and research facilities and supplies well-known automobile manufacturers as for example GM, Land Rover, VW, Daimler, BMW, Renault, Volvo, Fiat, Toyota and Skoda.

Many international awards support their innovative potential, the quality of their products and of their production.

Since 1998 Autoliv Poland has been active with their head office in Oława and the two production facilities APT (Autoliv Poland Textiles) and APR (Autoliv Poland Restrain System).

B. Grob do Brasil S.A.

A family business working internationally, based in Mindelheim / Germany and three production plants in São Paulo Brasil, Bluffton / USA and Dalian / RP of China.

The product portfolio covers from a universal machining center until a line of machining of a high complexity with your own automation, as well as integrated machining assembly equipment and fully automated assembly lines.
Since 1958 the B. GROB do Brasil manufactures machines for the Brazilian industry and to the export market. The Brazilian company is the oldest factory from the GROB group and it is an important component and a strong partner in the network of GROB factories. Here in São Paulo are working more than 560 employees in a production area of more than 25.000m² and an annual turnover of almost € 110 million (2013).

The product portfolio covers the supply of manufacturing lines (focus: machining equipment to transmissions and engines) as well as universal machines produced in series (universal machining centers of 4 and 5 axes).

BMW AG

No BMW without a component from Landshut The BMW Landshut Factory produces light metal casting engine and chassis components, plastic components for car exteriors, carbon components, various cockpit and equipment ranges as well as cardan shafts, replacement engines and electrification parts.

Parts produced in Landshut are delivered across the globe to 29 BMW Group production and assembly sites in 14 countries.

BOS International

As a Germany international company with locations in East- and West-Europe, USA, Mexico, North America, and Asia, BOS develops, manufactures and distributes systems for the vehicle interior. Over 3000 employees are working in seven R&D or manufacturing bases located in Germany, UK, Hungary, USA and a sales centre in Korea. BOS excels in developing innovative systems through their technical expertise and experience as a market leader. Founded in 1910, BOS is a privately held company including all subsidiaries.

BSH Sprzęt Gospodarstwa Domowego Sp. z o.o.

BSH Sprzęt Gospodarstwa Domowego, leader of Polish and European market for household appliances, is a Polish subsidiary of the German company BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, based in Munich. The global annual turnover is more than EUR 10.5 billion (2013), which gives them one of the most powerful position in the household appliances market.

BSH GmbH was founded in 1967 as a joint venture between the companies Robert Bosch GmbH and Siemens AG. Today, BSH has 41 factories in 13 countries in Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia. In total, across a BSH global network operates about 80 companies in 47 countries and employs approximately 50,000 people.

Carl Stahl Group

The Carl Stahl Group is a global enterprise. The family-owned company with international competence has 67 locations and offers innovative and forward-looking solutions in the fields of rope and lifting equipment, architecture, TechnoCables and personal protective equipment against falls. The Carl Stahl Academy offers vocational education and training on all topical subjects of rope and lifting equipment.

Claas Hungary

The CLAAS group, based in Harsewinkel, Northern Germany is one of the world’s leading agricultural machinery manufacturers. Founded in 1913 by August Claas, it is still a family-owned business today.

As one of the largest enterprises in the region, CLAAS Hungária Kft. provides a stable and reliable workplace for almost 700 employees and their families

DMG MORI

A full-liner in terms of technologies such as turning, milling, ultrasonic / laser as well as the according services. By means of consequent marketability, an area-wide direct marketing and customer-related services, the company guarantees a long-lasting and solid service net(work).

An important factor for success in this process is the consequent orientation on the world market which also enables the technological leadership of numerous products.

With the construction of a production location in Shanghai, the group further expanded its position on the Asian market under the name Deckel Maho Gildemeister Machine Tools (DMG) at the beginning of 2003. Staufen Shanghai in cooperation with DMG arranged “BestPractice Days” for managers there. The focus of this event was the exchange of experiences among participants and with experts.

Edscha Kamenice nad Lipou

Edscha is a strategic development partner to the international automobile industry. Under the umbrella of the Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp, today we serve almost all motor vehicle manufacturers with our products and our know-how from 22 world locations with some 5,400 employees.

Elesta GmbH

The ELESTA GmbH from Bad Ragaz is the leading producer in the field of relays with forcibly guided contacts. Elesta is a very innovative and dynamic company, that develops, produces and distributes our products for safety applications worldwide. As an innovation leader in this field Elesta is constantly looking for custom solutions for your requirement.

With an export share of 98%, ELESTA GmbH is extremely vulnerable to oscillations in the strength of the Swiss currency. Thanks to the stringent implementation of the lean management approach, it is in a position to face up to these challenges and to ensure ongoing production in Switzerland. Over recent economically unstable years, notable success has been achieved thanks to lean management. Lean management is an integral part of the corporate culture of ELESTA GmbH and established in each and every department, in value-creating as well as in administrative areas. In 2012, ELESTA relays GmbH was recognised with the Swiss Lean Award.

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FEIG Electronics

FEIG ELECTRONIC has been a technology-oriented, medium-sized and privately owned company for 50 years. With currently 250 employees the company develops and manufactures payment terminals, RFID systems, control technology for gate and barrier systems and

General Motors Manufacturing Poland

GM Manufacturing Poland Factory belongs to the International General Motor Concern and is one of its 10 European factories which produce Opel/ Vauxhall brand cars. What gives our factory power, are three thousand of experienced workers and modern technologies. The consistent investments in bringing into live new models affects the good position among top automatic companies in Europe.

Over 98 % of cars produced in factory during three shifts, are exported to West and Central Union markets. GMMP export represents about 1,5 % of whole Polish exports

The factory is managed in accordance with the GM Global Manufacturing corporate system, thereby guaranteeing the highest quality, efficiency and flexibility. Currently in Gliwice there are produced Astra IV in the 5-door version, since September 3-door Astra GCT and family sedan Astra III will be produced there likewise. In February of this year, it have been announced that prestige cabriolet will be produce. The second half of the year will run the next version of Astra IV – 4-door sedan.

GETINGE Group

Getinge is a global provider of innovative solutions for operating rooms, intensive care units, sterilization departments and for life science companies and institutions. Based on our firsthand experience and close partnerships with clinical experts, healthcare professionals and medtech specialists, we are improving the everyday life for people - today and tomorrow.

halstrup-walcher GmbH

halstrup-walcher develops and manufactures innovative drive and measurement technology solutions which can be tailored to specific customer needs. Whether machinery needs to be re-calibrated or positive pressure needs to be maintained in the cleanroom, halstrup-walcher delivers effective, reliable technology - designed by people for people. Our customers (and their customers) are our focus.

For the benefit of our customers we have completely modernised our whole organisation in the last few years, and adopted a lean management approach. Our aim has been to succeed in providing high quality in every product area - at competitive prices and with short delivery times. Our visitors are frequently amazed that a family-run medium-sized company with 120 employees can perform so systematically over the long term - but our success speaks for itself.

HARTING Technology Group

The HARTING Technology Group is skilled in the fields of electrical, electronic and optical connection, transmission and networking, as well as in manufacturing, mechatronics and software creation. The Group uses these skills to develop customized solutions and products such as connectors for energy and data transmission applications including, for example, mechanical engineering, rail technology, wind energy plants, factory automation and the telecommunications sector.

HARTING also produces electromagnetic components for the automotive industry, and is a specialist in industrial applications in the form of enclosures, housings, cabling and/or the assembly of individual or complete systems, as well as automated vending systems.

Hilti AG

Hilti supplies the construction industry worldwide with technologically cutting edge products, systems and services. They offer construction professionals innovative solutions with superior added value. The headquarters of the Hilti Group are in Schaan, in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

It has around 21,000 employees worldwide in more than 120 countries, inspiring their customers and building a better future. Its corporate culture is founded on integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment.

Hilti upholds clear values and follows the stakeholder value approach. The company takes the interests of all company partners –customers, suppliers and employees – into consideration and also takes active social and environmental responsibility. This builds a basis of trust that enables the long-term success of the company.

Homag Holzbearbeitungssysteme GmbH

HOMAG is an international market leader and specialist for size machining and edge banding – with a unique product portfolio:

- edge jointing with laserTec
- one- and double-sided edge banding machines
- combined size handling and edge banding machines
- highly flexible CNC-machining centres and CNC-routers
- manufacturing cells and automation techniques
- double-end shaping machines
- one-sized format- and profiler-machines
- postforming machines
- transportation elements
- systems for lightweight construction
- efficient, user friendly conrtrol systems and software

Insta

Insta Elektro GmbH was founded in 1970 as electronics technology centre and daughter company of Gira, Jung and Berker. Still today it designs, develops and fabricates innovative products and systems with more than 500 employees in two business units in Lüdenscheid.

Mission of the Business Unit »Lightment« is variable light which perfectly fits into architecture and meets the demands of the customers. Here the LED luminaire and the relevant control technology are the keys to our success on the market.

The business unit »Building« stands for products, systems and technologies in building system engineering. It concentrates on the fields light management, shutter control, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, sensorics and visualisation technology and is a strong OEM partner for the companies Gira and JUNG.

Iscar do Brasi

Iscar do Brasil, an Israeli multinational company, operates in the cutting tools, commercializing the products manufactured by the headquarters in Israel, in the plant located in Vinhedo and in other manufacturing units in several countries. Since the beginning of its activities in Brazil, in 1995, Iscar has provided and developed solutions for machining Nationwide in various market segments. At its headquarters, in Vinhedo, Iscar has a plant specialized in manufacture special tools, drills, media, bedames, boring bars, milling heads, carbide inserts with special profiles, among other products.

In addition, it also has the support of professionals able to develop the best solutions for machining market, and a customer service trained to feed the needs of each customer, stock and logistics strategically able to supply their customers with speed and security, infrastructure according to international standards and a Technology Machining Center, inclusive.

Lindner Group

Lindner Group KG is one of the leading specialists in departments like interior fitting, facade engineering and insulation technology. The family-owned-company has experiences over 50 years in ‘constructing with new solutions’, development and implementation of individual and advanced process solutions. With world-wide over 6.000 employees Lindner operates out of the Bavarian town Arnstdorf production plants and subsidiary companies in more than 20 countries.

With Lean Management approaches processes were optimised in several departments like production, administration and building sites.

LOCHMANN srl

In a region, where economy and culture are deeply rooted in agricultural tradition, the LOCHMANN family specialised in innovative solutions for agricultural machines for an international market.

As part of LOCHMANN Group, LOCHMANN CABINS started out in 1983, developing products which stood out for their excellent quality and special attention to details. Their cabin systems use the latest technologies available and are produced on behalf of the most prestigious international manufacturers of tractors, construction machinery and special-purpose machines.

To this day LOCHMANN CABINS has been able to continually expand and consolidate its stable market position, largely thanks to a corporate structure that is characterised by expertise, professional service and experience. This allows the company to offer all customers maximum flexibility and top-quality products.

LTLS - Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, is a leading provider of logistics solutions for the aviation industry, offering a wide spectrum of services. The product portfolio ranges from transport management, including engine and AOG shipments, to complete warehouse management. Founded in 1998, today LTLS employs more than 1,300 staff and generates revenues of more than 200 million euros.

Shop floor Management at LTLS deals with the daily logistic challenges in the aviation. Between 9-10am the relevant information is reported top-down and bottom-up simultaneously in all German facilities. Transparency, acceptance and flexibility allow consequent elimination of faults and hence performance improvement.

Lean and Shop floor Management can be hardly described in word. Experience personally with us the logistic challenges in the aviation!

MAN Trucks Sp. z o.o.

Heavy range vehicles plant located in Niepołomice nearby Cracow belongs to the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group, which is a part of MAN SE Corporation. Assembly plant was built in a record time: since location decision being made in August 2005, with the foundation stone laid in June 2006 and SOP in July 2007 it has been less then two years. Site’s base area equals 250.000 sqm, from which 78.000 sqm is sheltered area containing assembly, paint shop and storage areas.

The Plant is considered as key step in MAN Nutzfahrzeuge international growth strategy and qualified as one of the most modern trucks production sites in the world. Capacity is stated on the level of 35.000 vehicles per year with two shifts and daily output of 140 vehicles.

Marquardt

Marquardt has been a successful international and independent family business for over 85 years. We are a leading manufacturer of electromechanical and electronic switches and switching systems. Our products are used by all big-name manufacturers in the automotive industry. You will also find our systems in household appliances and other industrial applications. We are global market leaders in the field of electric power tool switches. Our team consists of more than 7,000 employees worldwide at thirteen locations in ten countries – all striving to turn ideas into marketable, cutting edge technologies.

Martin Engineering

Martin Engineering was founded in 1944, it headquartered is in Neponset, Illinois – EA, and it has approximately 900 employees in the worldwide. Martin Engineering is a world-leading provider of systems and equipment to make the handling of bulk goods more safe, clean and productive. Its product line is the most complete of the market in this segment, and it counts on scrapers, solutions to transfer points, air cannons and industrial vibrators, among many others.

Martin has its main focus on the development and innovation of high-performance equipment, simplified design and easy maintenance. In Brazil has its headquarters in Campinas and has sales and service teams throughout Brazil. Is still a family owned company with business units and commercial offices in Mexico, China, France, Germany, Britain, Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Colombia and India, with licenses in Canada, Australia, Japan and Chile.

Max Holder

Max Holder GmbH is the leading manufacturer of multifunctional implement carriers with articulated-frame steering used year round by councils and service providers as well as in fruit orchards and vineyards.

For Holder, the commitment to Germany as the manufacturing base is part of its corporate philosophy.

Holder products are built for professional use under the most challenging conditions. Particularly for demanding task, the versatile vehicles can play to their full strength. It is not for nothing that the name Holder stands for longevity, quality and innovation, ever since 1888.

Melitta

Melitta household products, which is part of Germany’s Melitta Group has established its current facilities in the pearl river delta in Shenzhen in 2008. Household goods such as coffee machine, milk froths and water kettles are produced in the Chinese facilities are sold to customers worldwide. Besides that, the Melitta group is also famous for coffee and filter papers mainly distributed via Germany, the US & Shenzhen.

The wholly foreign owned company has about 500 employees who are manufacturing their products with a high level of customer orientation. The company is closely interlinked with its local suppliers and also benefits from the strategic location close to Southeast-Asia as well as a short Connection to one of Asia’s biggest harbors in Shenzhen.

Memminger-iro

Founded in Freudenstadt in 1957, Memminger-Iro GmbH has its headquarters in Dornstetten, in the northern Black Forest. 230 of Memminger's 400 employees worldwide work at this site, covering an area ofabout 22,500 square metres. As the leading name on the global market, we develop and manufacture high-tech components for the textiles industry and deliver them to over 100 countries around the world.

The global success of Memminger-Iro GmbH was founded on the courageous decision, taken at an early stage, to develop better products than those offered on the market. The same fundamental attitude of constantly questioning existing technologies continues to be the foundation of research and development at Memminger-Iro to this day: Uncompromisingly market-oriented.

Innovative technology consistently produced to the highest level. The systems for yarn feeding, lubricating and control guarantee efficiency and optimum quality in knitting machines. Memminger-Iro's quality assurance guarantees that Memminger-Iro products always meet this requirement.

MTU Aero Engines

MTU Aero Engines is Germany’s leading engine manufacturer and an established global player in the industry. The company engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft engines in all thrust and power categories and stationary gas turbines. Operating affiliates all over the world, MTU has a local presence in major regions and markets.

In the commercial engine business, MTU has content in all thrust and power categories, from propulsion systems for business jets and engines for narrowbody aircraft with geared turbofan technology to the world's most powerful engines. The company is a valued and trusted partner to all of the big players in the industry: GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce.

In the maintenance business, MTU Maintenance is the world's largest independent provider of commercial engine MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services in terms of sales. The primary focus is on providing support for engines in which MTU is a risk- and revenue-sharing partner. MTU is the leading global provider of maintenance and repair services for the V2500, the engine powering the current Airbus A320 family of aircraft. MTU Maintenance also offers repair solutions for a wide variety of different engine types.

In the military arena, MTU Aero Engines is Germany's industrial lead company for practically all engines flown by the country's military. The company delivers the enabling technologies, develops and manufactures engines and engine components, and provides logistics support.

MTU Friedrichshafen

MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH as subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG (formely Tognum AG), supplies diesel engines and complete propulsion systems for ships, heavy land and rail vehicles, industrial applications und decentralized power-generating systems. To control and monitor its engines and propulsion systems the company develops and manufactures its own tailor-made electronic systems.

The range of products covering diesel engines from 20 kW to 9,100 kW and gas turbines is one of the most modern and comprehensive in the sector. To control and monitor its engines and propulsion systems the company develops and manufactures its own tailor-made electronic systems.

Munsch Chemie-Pumpen GmbH

Munsch Chemie-Pumpen GmbH is an owner-managed specialist for chemical plastic pumps for handling highly corrosive and aggressive fluids with over 50 years of experience in the market. Munsch pumps are operating in the chemical industry, metallic surface treatment, environmental applications, mining, and semiconductor industry.130 employees manufacture the products individually designed upon the customers’ requests in order values starting at a lot size of one piece and for the world market. The export quota is at 75 %. Lean Management and sensible digitalization based thereon, help Munsch to generate innovative products to the customers’ maximum benefit, also guaranteeing highest quality and shortest delivery times.

Oskar Frech

Oskar Frech was founded in 1949 as a company for the manufacture of diecasting and plastic injection tools in Schorndorf near Stuttgart by the toolmaker Oskar Frech. In 1965, the founder's son, Wolfgang Frech, a graduate mechanical engineer, overtook responsibility for the company. He was the driving force for the expansion of the product range to include hot and cold chamber diecasting machines, as well as for the international orientation of the company.

Today he remains the figurehead of the company as the president of the advisory board. The company Oskar Frech GmbH + Co. KG is renowned for the manufacture of the highest quality diecasting machines and tooling available on the market today. Wherever reliability and safety are a priority and whenever the latest process technology is a requirement, its worldwide network of companies and our comprehensive service program are the guarantee of satisfaction for customers. Due to the worldwide structure of the Group, Frech is proud to offer you a unique and complete product range. The Group has its headquarter in Schorndorf, Southern Germany. Additionally, a Sales and Service Center in the North of Germany in Velbert and currently 20 other international subsidiaries and sales offices. In total, Oskar Frech employs approx.700 people. 35 field service engineers are taking care of its customers.

Due to the global development of our industry, Oskar Frech is obviously striving for continuous improvement in its sales and service network and for the extension of its international manufacturing facilities.

Pama S.p.A.

Pama S.p.A. produces machine tools since 1926, its brand is known worldwide for quality in the field of boring and milling / mechanical components of large dimensions. Among its clients, include prestigious names such as General Electric, Siemens, Fincantieri, Vestas Wind Systems, Koenig & Bauer, Fiat Hitachi, Dong Fang Steam Turbines, Caterpillar etc.

Today Pama has in the field of milling / boring of large parts a full and modern range of products, especially the new line SPEEDRAM, the gantry type machine with vertical spindle VERTIRAM and new work center PPEDMAT S-HP with a wide range of configurations as well as high performance both in speed and in removal capacity allow it to be effectively used in various fields of application such as general engineering, energy, motoring, aerospace, shipbuilding, etc..

For years, Pama pursues excellence through the application of the Lean Enterprise. The change process has started with the optimization of initial order startup, of assembly and supplier management. It is then extended to shop floor, installations and service, culminating in recent times in the more advanced versions of Lean Enterprise as those represented by the Shop floor Management and Supply Chain Action Board.

Pepperl+Fuchs

Pepperl+Fuchs Fém- és Műanyagtechnikai Kft. provides the manufacturing plants of Pepperl+Fuchs Group all around the world with metal and injection molded plastic parts of industrial sensors. In addition, lightguide products, floating switches and cable confection units are produced for the internal and external customers. After many years of lean experience and a several improvement projects like optimizing material flow and workstations, Pepperl+Fuchs decided to introduce Shopfloor Management (SFM) in 2014.

The daily communication has made the work of the managers standardised, more effective and more efficient. The structured problem-solving process takes place in a controlled fashion. Of course, all this is adjusted to the company’s unique organizational structure and processes. Developing subordinates (mentoring) is an essential part of the leadership. The lean expert as a couch supports the consolidation of this ”mentoring” behaviour.

Philips Lightning

Philips Lighting is a global market leader with recognized expertise in the development, manufacturing and application of innovative lighting solutions. Philips had pioneered many of the key breakthroughs in lighting over the past 123 years, laying the basis for our current strength and ensuring the company is well-placed to be a leader in the digital transformation. Philips aims to further strengthen its position in the digital market through added investment in LED leadership while at the same time capitalizing on our broad portfolio, distribution and brand in conventional lighting.

Philips Lighting spans the entire lighting value chain – from light sources, luminaires, electronics and controls to full applications and solutions – through the following businesses: Light Sources & Electronics, Consumer Luminaires, Professional Lighting Solutions, Automotive Lighting, and Lumileds.

RECARO Aircraft Seating

Recaro Aircraft Seating based in Schwäbisch Hall is a globally active manufacturer of premium aircraft seats for the leading airlines worldwide. The company has around 2,000 employees, including 1,000 working in Germany, and operates plants in Germany, Poland, the USA, China as well as Service centers in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.
Recaro Aircraft Seating generated sales of 409 million Euros in 2015. The company ranks among the world’s top three aircraft seat manufacturers. Recaro Aircraft Seating is part of the Recaro Group, which includes the independently operating division Recaro Child Safety (child car seats), in Marktleugast, Germany.

Goals:

Quality and safety, adherence to delivery schedules and complete control of manufacturing costs with high variant variety and significant fluctuations in utilisation. Potential for improvement in all areas and motivation of employees. Open communication and Kaizen workshops as engine for change as key factor. Significant successes of lean activities are reduction in manufacturing costs and improvement of competitiveness.

Rheinzink

RHEINZINK GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1966 and is the leading manufacturer of titanium zinc products for building applications. The product range includes products with various surface structures for roofs, façades and roof drainage.

RHEINZINK titanium zinc is a design-oriented modern material also used by a number of internationally renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind, Frank O. Gehry, Zaha Hadid. On the market, the RHEINZINK brand stands for quality, delivery service and innovation. The main manufacturing site in Datteln produces both semi-finished and finished products. The production process includes the only titanium zinc casting and rolling mill in the world, one of the most modern plants for surface treatment of the strip and various metal processing techniques for series and small series production.

Today, RHEINZINK is a part of the Grillo Group, employs more than 800 people, with subsidiaries and sales offices in 28 countries across 5 continents.

ROBERT SEUFFER

ROBERT SEUFFER GMBH & CO. KG has been a successful and future-oriented family business for over 85 years, characterised by flat hierarchies, short decision-making processes and a high degree of flexibility.

The company currently employs around 530 people at its Calw-Hirsau site (Baden Württemberg). In the fiscal year 2013, ROBERT SEUFFER generated sales of around EUR 94 million, as a supplier specialising in white goods, utility vehicles and cars. It boasts all of the big-name manufacturers worldwide from these industries on its reference list.

Its main business activity is consulting on, developing and manufacturing high quality sensors, human/machine interfaces (switches and input systems) and power electronics.

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric Gyöngyös Plant, the former Prodax ISC kit manufacturer, started from 2008 to produce Canalis KT busbars used for electric power distribution, presently is the leading European factory for Schneider Electric Canalis products. Nowadays the Gyöngyös Plant is distributing to the markets in Europe, Africa and Middle-East, producing over 100km KT busway per year.

As the producer of Canalis high-power busways, it offers premium quality products with the most competitive costs and maximum level of customer demand service. It focuses on the development of employees as well as on the efficiency of processes along the whole supply chain to offer customized and optimized solutions for the customers. All the employees follow the priorities of Safety, Quality, Reliability and Efficiency meanwhile paying attention to honour and take care close relationship with the customers to maximally understand their needs for ensure them the highest added value.

SCHOTT Brasil Ltda.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with over 125 years of experience in glass, specialty materials and advanced technologies. With high quality products and intelligent solutions, SCHOTT contributes to the success of its clients and makes SCHOTT part of every one's life.

SCHOTT Pharmaceutical Systems is one of the leading providers of glass tubes and primary packaging for the pharmaceutical industry. SCHOTT provides quality solutions while complying the highest demands with its experience in special materials, specialized analytical lab services, and an extensive portfolio of products including light bulbs, carpules, vials and syringes of glass and COC polymer. The modern facilities and products comply with the most stringent international quality standards for pharmaceutical needs.

Sematic Spa

Sematic Group is a leader in the industry of elevator components. Its activities include the production and distribution of standard and special automatic doors for lifts, elevators complete hydraulic and rope, their subsystems and components as well as cabins, archways and integrated solutions. With thein Osio Sotto (Italy), manufacturing facilities and commercial offices in Italy, UK, Hungary, Germany, Turkey, India, China, Singapore, Mexico and USA - Sematic is able to offer customers, architects and designers a wide range of products even for the most challenging projects: from standard and one-of-a-kind solutions for high-rise, residential and civil buildings to marine, commercial and heavy-duty applications as well as specific solutions for modernization.

In the perspective of continuous improvement of processes in the company, in 2011 Sematic has launched the project group LEAN 3WD that is developed into a series of sub-projects, related to the philosophy of "Lean Production", aimed to increase the productivity, reduce lead time and to systematically eliminate all activities that do not create value added, introducing in the company a new way of thinking in order to build a lasting competitive advantage.

SEW-EURODRIVE

SEW-EURODRIVE is an internationally successful family-owned enterprise with about 16,500 employees and with a turnover of circa 2.714 billion Euros for 2015. As one of the leading enterprises in drive engineering, SEW-EURODRIVE is a motor of progress and keeps the world moving every day with its drive motors and frequency converters, servo drive systems, local drive systems and industrial gear mechanisms.

Shenyang Machine Tool Group

Shenyang machine tool is situated just in the industrial area of Shenyang. As a global manufacturing player, SYMG’s footprint covers five continents, with 10 Sales organization and one production base in Germany. In addition SYMG has another three production facilities and 87 dealers in China.

This fully state-owned company is focusing on turning, milling, drilling, boring technology with 6 main product series for the domestic but also global market. Currently about 13,500 employees are working in the facilities which are covering the full range from mechanical workshop, assembly processes and testing until finally making its way to the showrooms and customers. Nearly one third customers of SYMG are from the automotive industry. In 2011, SYMG achieved the top position in terms of sales volume within the machine tool industry all over the world.

Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering. The Group operates in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare, as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas.

For over 165 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. Siemens is also one of the world's largest providers of environmentally friendly technologies. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions.

Spühl GmbH

Die Spühl GmbH wurde 1877 gegründet und ist heute ein weltweit tätiges Maschinenbau-Unternehmen, das zur amerikanischen Leggett & Platt Incorporated gehört. Maschinen zur Federkernherstellung von Fides und Spühl sind auf allen Kontinenten in der Polstermöbel- und Matratzenindustrie begehrt und setzen den Standard in der Branche. Spühl GmbH hat sich für viele kleinere und mittelständische Maschinenbauer der Region zum gefragten Outsourcing-Partner entwickelt: wir entwickeln, fertigen und montieren Maschinen und Bauteile jeder Art in Lohnarbeit an. Seit 2010 setzt Spühl mit der Übernahme der CSA seine Maschinenbaukompetenzen auch im Bereich Wintersport ein.

„Um in der globalisierten Welt wettbewerbsfähig zu bleiben, produzieren wir äusserst effizient. Eine Mehrheit der Bauteile und Baugruppen wird Just-in-time (JIT) hergestellt. Vorbereitete Montageplätze garantieren eine effiziente, qualitativ hochstehende Fertigstellung bei kurzen Durchlaufzeiten. Dabei garantieren wir, dass Kompetenzteile ausschliesslich bei Spühl in der Schweiz produziert werden. Der gesamte Produktionsprozess wird bei Spühl laufend nach der JIT-Philosophie optimiert – wie übrigens auch die Prozesse in den anderen Unternehmensbereichen. Damit wollen wir unsere Effizienz in allen Belangen laufend verbessern. Mit der unternehmensweiten Einführung des Shopfloor Managements hat Spühl einen weiteren Schritt in Richtung Lean Enterprise unternommen.“

TRUMPF

TRUMPF, as high-technology company, provides manufacturing solutions in the fields of machine tools, lasers and electronics. Digital networking of manufacturing industry is the driving force behind the family-owned business, shaped by consulting, platform and software offers.

TRUMPF is one of the world’s leading companies for machine tools for flexible sheet metal processing and for industrial lasers. 2015/16 the company generated a turnover of 2,8 billion Euros with more than 11.000 employees.

TRUMPF is represented with close to 70 subsidiaries in nearly all European countries, as well as in north and south America and in Asia. Production locations are in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, United States of America, Mexico, China as well as Japan.

VOITH Paper China

It's already been 70 years since Voith exported the first paper machines to China. Since those days a lot has changed – Today, Voith is running two factories for paper machines in China and is well located within its network of other facilities belonging to other divisions of the Voith Group.

In the 70.000 square meter facilities, situated in Kunshan, just outside Shanghai, currently several workshops as well as offices and a technology Center for the whole Voith Paper China branch are located. About 1000 employees are focusing on the production of paper machine parts such as rolls which can reach lengths up to 15 meters relying on a highly efficient, “big-part” machine & equipment parts. Additionally, the location became the Headquarters for Voith Paper’s operations all over Asia.

VOITH Turbo

Voith Turbo is a group division of Voith AG. As leading specialist for drive systems and components and respectable and competent partner of international customers, Voith Turbo stands for innovation, reliability and fairness in various operational areas. The company develops and manufactures state-of-the-art drive and brake systems for industrial, railway and marine applications – these are mechanic, hydrodynamic, electric and electronic solutions.

The efficient transformation of primary energy in mechanical power – this is the world of Voith Turbo Industrie with their head office in Crailsheim. Their business activities range from power generation and supply over petrochemistry on- and offshore, chemistry, conveyor and materials preparation technology to mining, metallurgy and mechanical engineering.

Voith sets standards on the markets of energy, oil and gas, paper, transport and automotive. Established in 1867, Voith today is one of the biggest family enterprises in Europe with more than 39,000 employees, 5,3 billion euro turnover and over 50 locations worldwide. Today, one third of the entire paper production is produced on Voith paper machines. One third of the global power generated from water power is generated with turbines and generators from Voith Hydro. Drive elements from Voith Turbo are used all over the world in industrial facilities as well as for railways, road vehicles and water crafts. Voith Industrial Services is one of the leading suppliers of technical services.

Volvo

Present in Brazil since the 70s, the VOLVO trucks began the production in the city of Curitiba in 17. Since then, VOLVO of Brazil has developed technologies and innovative solutions, both in its products and in production processes and logistics, distribution services and spare parts. VOLVO did this, always acting bravery to satisfy its customers through quick and intelligent, practical solutions. Recently the VOLVO has innovated by launching several new products to meet the needs of an increasingly and sophisticated demanding market, with improvements in safety, comfort, fuel economy, navigation and emissions. In the Decade of 0 Curitiba´s factory went on to improve its processes by introducing the concept of Self Managed Teams. In early 2000, the Curitiba´s factory introduced the concepts of Lean Manufacturing, the embryo of VPS- Volvo Production System, concept that would later be adopted globally. In this journey, Volvo recorded significant gains in the safety of its employees, the quality of its products and in the industrial productivity.

WERMA Signaltechnik

WERMA Signaltechnik is one of the globally leading companies for optical and acoustic signal devices. The globally active company from Swabia in Germany is pioneering in terms of technical and future-fit innovations. Its signal devices ensure safe working environments and efficient processes with machines, systems, manufacturing bays and buildings.

WERMA Elektrogeräte have developed and produced electric appliances for more than 60 years. WERMA Signalgeräte inform or alert people, machines and computers. With a product range of more than 3,500 articles, WERMA signalling devices offer solutions for the most diverse of applications and settings.

Plastic components, electronics, tools, devices and systems are manufactured by WERMA – guaranteed to be 'made in Germany'. In manufacturing technology, the company uses the benefits of lean production processes and intelligent automation. This makes WERMA both fast and flexible. Certified in compliance with DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008, the quality of processes and products is stringently monitored. This guarantees the consistently high quality of all WERMA products.

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