Article written by Chris Turner
I read this article and found it more than interesting for one reason, most people think lean principles are only relevant in the manufacturing industry. However, this is far from the truth and a terrible misunderstanding of the facts. This articleÂ appearedÂ in the Business andÂ FinanceÂ section in a recent edition ofÂ Rueters and itÂ dispelsÂ the myth by demonstrating how leanÂ principlesÂ help Lectra achieve world class status. The most interesting fact to note is that Lectra is a textile company and they implemented lean manufacturing principles to achieve a 98% availability rate in their cutting room. This is anÂ achievementÂ that isÂ unparalleledÂ in the textile industry. Enjoy the article.
Lean Principles Help Lectra Achieve World Class Status
Lectra CEO, Bertrand CrÃ¶nert aims to reinforce Lectra’s leadership as a long-standing partner of the fashion, automotive, aeronautical and furniture industries, in the overall optimization of their production processes. Lectra’s cutting room solutions, the reference for the most demanding companies, guarantee maximum return on investment and the lowest total cost of ownership. Lectra’s cutters are extremely powerful, with an availability rate near 98%-even when used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-a record unparalleled in the industry.
“Thanks to its experience with major companies in the automotive industry, Lectra has developed in-depth knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, which benefits our production solutions. Our teams have integrated Lean fundamentals into our technologies-improving usage time, detecting and resolving malfunctions, eliminating superfluous tasks, eradicating quality failures-that can be easily applied to other sectors, fashion in particular, with its continuous collections and just-in-time production,” said Daniel Harari, Lectra CEO. “Bertrand’s mission is at the heart of Lectra’s strategy which aims to provide long-term support to leading companies in implementing their Lean approach, and Bertrand, with his long experience of complex technological projects acquired in the automotive and energy industries, will allow Lectra to enter a new phase.”
The appointment of Bertrand CrÃ¶nert is part of the plan to reinforce sales and marketing teams worldwide, as well as that of seeking sustained R&D investments, which will allow Lectra to support its customers in post-crisis challenges.
So, what does this article clearly demonstrate? It shows that lean principles can be successfully integrated into any business and all industries.Â AnyÂ organizationÂ that has processes can implement lean manufacturing principles. Therefore, any lean consultant with a good level of hands-on experience spanning across several industries will know how to apply lean principlesÂ Â into any business process. It is for this reason that leanÂ principlesÂ help Lectra achieve world class status andÂ achieveÂ such incredible results by doing so.
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