September 25, 2012 - 2:39pm
Sydney packaging company Globus Group had special cause to celebrate last week when it graduated from Printing Industries Lean and Green competitive manufacturing program.
The Bankstown based company completed a two-year journey that has transformed its work practices and provided its staff with a nationally recognised qualification.
Some 30 graduates marked the completion of their ‘traineeships’ during a presentation ceremony where each was awarded a certificate in Competitive Manufacturing.
Of the group 10 received the Certificate IV qualification (predominantly supervisory and support staff) and 20 the Certificate III qualification (mainly production operators).
Globus Group Manufacturing Manager, Rodney Wong-Pan, said the journey had completely transformed the company’s operations.
Mr Wong-Pan was pivotal in working with Printing Industries' training partners Applied Training Solutions and SkilledForce from the project beginning as they did the behind-the-scenes work to secure government assistance and manage the necessary compliance issues and the on-site training.
“The company you walk into today is completely different from the company we had two years ago,” he said.
“We lost a few people and gained some new ones during the process and created a completely new working and cultural environment.
“For most of us the process was a culture shock but we could see the benefits start to flow very early on. We now have a highly trained staff and production standards impacting on every component of our business making every manufacturing aspect as efficient, safe and productive as humanly possible.”
Globus Group CEO Chris Burt said that the committed participation of staff at all levels and adaptation of the knowledge and guidance from the SkilledForce trainers was a key component to the successful implementation of competitive manufacturing.
“No one, including myself, was exempt from the process. It’s a whole of business program requiring full participation of everyone from the CEO downwards for it to be successful,” he said.
“The results have affected every part of our business and include productivity improvements, better throughput and reduced scrapping – all of which have important cost savings attached to them.
“While we have been able to reduce our costs, we have also been able to provide additional capacity to meet new business.
“Our streamlined processes provide a new level of confidence for our customers, particularly in packaging areas where a high level of process transparency is critical.”
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