Introducing a Performance Improvement programme in factories around the world for ESAB

The challenge

This leading manufacturer of welding products was facing increasing global competition.

The challenge for us was to help them design and implement a Performance Improvement Programme across more than ten factories in six countries around the world

How we helped

Our own experience, in our own company, has shown that a high level of employee engagement is the only way to sustain a new way of working.

  • We had to find a way of quickly engaging the operational people on the shop floor.
  • A key task was to design a way of introducing the new way of working into every factory within twelve months.
  • Within two weeks Unipart were able to construct a highly skilled practical team of coaches drawn from the Operations Managers and Team Leaders within our own businesses.
  • This group of Expert Practitioners were then each deployed into the various factories around the world for a period of four months. Over fifty people were trained in Problem Solving, Communication Cells and Workplace Audits during this time.

To see all of the ways in which we helped, download the full case study at the bottom of the page.

The results

In the areas of focused effort the following results were achieved:

  • 80% reduction in inventory
  • 80% reduction in change over times
  • 70% reduction in lead time
  • 20% improvement in quality
  • 10% increase in productivity

In the full case study we explore all of the ways in which we helped and the results we found from our work. To download it, click below!

factory productivity increase