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Confoil implement Lean Manufacturing Thinking

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Strong growth and a successful acquisition plan have resulted in Confoil outgrowing the current purpose built, modern manufacturing facility located in Canterbury Road, Bayswater.

In 2008, Confoil successfully bid on a factory complex situated at 491 Mt Highway, Bayswater. The site is larger than the current site and the additional space will provide an immediate solution to the current space and workflow problems, allow consolidation of all local printing and warehousing facilities into one location while allowing room for future growth and expansion.

With Confoil’s move imminent, Confoil’s strategic plan for the future was reviewed. Underpinning the strategic plan was the introduction of the concept ‘World Class Manufacturing’. The CEO established a management team to plan, lead and implement Lean Manufacturing Thinking within the business.

To date the following has been achieved:

  • Traineeships in Lean Manufacturing have been offered with many employees taking up the offer
  • Managers have met with their departments/teams to communicate Confoil’s vision, goals and the plans to implement world class manufacturing as a part of their business
  • Managers, supervisors and employees have participated in study tours, for example, Toyota plant at Altona, MARS plant at Scoresby, to see first-hand how world class manufacturing organisations work
  • The management team has mapped two current and future process streams. This exercise identified seven key projects on which work has commenced

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