- Facility up for one of 14 awards o be presented on September 13
- Lean Sigma contributing factor to growth in print production
Benson Box, the headquarters and lead manufacturing plant of the Benson Group, has been shortlisted in the BPIF Excellence Awards 2012 Lean Manufacturing category.
The shortlist of four companies for the Lean Manufacturing Award consists of Affinion International Print Services, APS Group, Eclipse Colour Print and Benson Box.
The BPIF Excellence Awards are intended to reward and showcase the most innovative and creative companies across the print media spectrum.
There are 14 categories being contested, with the winners announced at a gala evening on September 13.
The categories are: Human Resources (over £5 million annual turnover), Human Resources (up to £5 million annual turnover), Health and Safety (over £5 million annual turnover), Health and Safety (up to £5 million annual turnover), Environment (over £5 million annual turnover), Environment (up to £5 million annual turnover), Innovation, Lean Manufacturing, Marketing, Customer Service, Training and Development, Apprentice of the Year, Company of the Year - (over £5m annual turnover and Company of the Year - (up to £5m annual turnover).
Read more information on the BPIF Excellent Awards 2012 here.
Benson Group said it has been focusing on lean manufacturing at the Bardon facility for more than two years, including combining lean manufacturing principles with the Six Sigma business management strategy.
This has resulted in Lean Sigma, which Benson said is a structured program to provide operational improvements. It is managed by David Midgley, operations manager at the Bardon plant.
As an example of the “real-world” effects of the program, in the first year of Lean Sigma, Benson Box said it saw double-digit growth in print production at the Bardon site.
Midgley said: ‘It is a great pleasure to be recognized for our interpretation of this approach to manufacturing.
‘We see Lean Sigma as an essential collection of tools that help us to consistently improve on our many and varied tasks undertaken here – tasks that result in our Bardon team producing 20,000,000 cartons every week.’
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