Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Lean principles yield huge improvement for Spanbild

28 June 2013

Lean principles yield huge improvement for Spanbild

Spanbild, a local market leader in the design, manufacture and construction of residential, rural and commercial buildings, today announced results of a project to apply lean principles throughout their manufacturing plants.

Since the start of the year, the company has reduced waste by 44% and increased efficiency by 17.8%, while continuing to grow overall volumes.

The lean manufacturing principles focus on reducing waste such as time, excess inventory and defects. Spanbild named their lean programme ValueBild, emphasising the company’s focus on eliminating anything that doesn’t add value to customers.

Support was provided by NZTE who helped co-fund the initial stages and specialist-training provider, the Improve Group, who helped set-up the ValueBild programme.

The process began with training delivered to senior management before being rolled out to all manufacturing staff at the Waterloo Road plant in Christchurch. The training programme created buy-in and understanding across the company, providing employees with the tools to identify and reduce waste. Employees were then able to drive continual improvement by applying the skills in their own area.

“Over the past 18 months we have launched a number of initiatives as part of the ValueBild programme to improve productivity and efficiency,” said Spanbild CEO, Peter Jensen.

“We have been steadily gaining momentum but the latest figures show significant improvements in the year-to-date.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

“We have managed to eliminate a number of steps that add no value by reducing defects, waiting, distance travelled by staff, inventory, over-production, and other wasteful activities.

“Our timber area is an excellent example with the team increasing productivity by 20% without increasing labour hours.

“This process is about empowering our people on the front line to work in a way they think is best to deliver high-quality products more efficiently.

“Our commitment to improved efficiency has been further highlighted by recent investment in capital equipment.

“As a result, we have delivered outstanding results for our business and better outcomes for our customers.

“This is an ongoing programme and we remain focused on our goal to use lean thinking as a way of improving all aspects of what we deliver.”

The ValueBild programme is also being implemented in Spanbild’s Brisbane plant and the company remains committed to ongoing improvement with each key area of waste reviewed and refined to make further gains.

Spanbild is a New Zealand owned family business. Spanbild and the Group’s brands have built up an excellent reputation in the construction industry. From rural, commercial and industrial developments to extensive housing developments, Spanbild also delivers a broad range of sheds and garages to suit the average family.

Group brands:
• Versatile
• Totalspan
• Ideal
• Spanbilt
• Portabuild

ENDS

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 
GenPro: General Practices Begin Issuing Clause 14 Notices

GenPro has been copied into a rising number of Clause 14 notices issued since the NZNO lodged its Primary Practice Pay Equity Claim against General Practice employers in December 2023.More

SPADA: Screen Industry Unites For Streaming Platform Regulation & Intellectual Property Protections

In an unprecedented international collaboration, representatives of screen producing organisations from around the world have released a joint statement.More

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.