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We make Lean Transformations transparent with the help of professional associations.

BDG - Bundesverband der Deutschen Gießerei-Industrie e. V.

Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Gießerei-Industrie e. V. (BDG) in Düsseldorf ist der Branchenverband der deutschen Gießerei-Industrie.

Der BDG vertritt die Interessen von rund 600 Eisen-, Stahl- und Nichteisen-Metallgießereien. In den Gießereien sind rund 80.000 Mitarbeiter beschäftigt.

Der BDG arbeitet eng mit dem technisch-wissenschaftlichen Verein Deutscher Gießereifachleute (VDG), der Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle (WVM) und der Forschungsvereinigung Gießereitechnik (FVG) zusammen.

CAS Software AG

In collaboration with CAS Software AG, a software solution was created that is capable of visualising complex processes and projects and that adds virtualisation as a complement to Shop Floor Management methodology.

The ValueStreamer® has been developed on the basis of important lean methods, such as the introduction of Shop Floor Management and the design of multi-project environments.

Chinaforum Bayern e.V.

Der Chinaforum Bayern e.V. fördert als Institution mit Clubcharakter die deutsch-chinesischen, insbesondere die bayerisch-chinesischen Beziehungen mit Schwerpunkt in den Bereichen Wirtschaft und Politik. Der Verein vermittelt als Institution kompetente Ansprechpartner aus allen chinarelevanten Bereichen und bietet als Club intern exklusive Plattformen für den Austausch der Mitglieder.

Deutsch-Polnische Industrie- und Handelskammer

Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Poland) is not only the largest bilateral Chamber in Poland, but also one of the most influential German-Foreign Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the world.

AHK Poland represents the interests of approximately 1,000 member companies and more than ten years’ experience in development of Polish-German economic relations. Membership in the Chamber includes: invitations to a number of business meetings, access to valuable information, opportunities to promote companies among the other members, and many additional services.

50-member team of the Chamber works for companies belonging to the AHK Poland and is responsible for the professional services consulting firms in Germany and the Polish and the development of relations with the institutions on both sides of the border.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics

Logistics consulting by specialists: Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics advises companies of all industries and sizes in all questions about material flow and logistics. For our customers we offer widespread services:

As consultants we support in fulfilling new tasks and meeting requirements, as researchers we work out new solutions together with our customers, as planners we help to optimize the internal and external logistics and as developers we realize solutions in soft- and hardware. In the process, Fraunhofer IML focuses on company-specific, made-to-measure solutions and accompanies its customers from planning to implementation.

German Aerospace Industries Association

BDLI belongs to Germany’s most important trade group, the Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie – BDI). At the European level, we are members of the umbrella organisation ASD, the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe.

In accordance with our statutes and role as a trade group accredited with the German Bundestag, BDLI serves on expert panels and committees and takes part in hearings held by the German parliament. BDLI combines the vast expertise of the aerospace industry in manufacturing, technology and economics and ensures its representation on the political level.

German Association Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME)

The Association Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) was founded in 1954 and today has over 7,500 members. The headquarter is located in Frankfurt/Main.

BME's has over 1,650 corporate members, including Fortune 500 companies and SMEs. In our member companies over 105,000 people work inside purchasing departments. The yearly turnover of BME members is about 298 trillion Euro, the combined purchasing volume of our corporate members reaches 1.25 trillion Euro per year.

BME provides know-how transfer and services for procurement and supply chain management and supports academic research. The BME Academy is Germany`s largest procurement training provider. BME`s Shanghai office opened in 2008. China is also a main focus for BME's supplier database.

German Lean Construction Institute – GLCI e.V.

Lean Construction hat das Potential das gesamte Bauwesen zu revolutionieren. Alle Prozesse werden auf den Wert aus Sicht des Kunden ausgerichtet. Durch eine Grundeinstellung aller Beteiligten zur kontinuierlichen Verbesserung werden die Prozesse nachhaltig verankert. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf der Vermeidung jeglicher Art von Verschwendung in sämtlichen Arbeitsprozessen.

Die Entwicklung des Lean Construction hat bereits begonnen und wird sich in den kommenden Jahren rasant verbreiten.

Jeffrey K. Liker

Our partnership with Jeffrey K. Liker covers public events, seminars and in-house training sessions on the success factors of integrated lean management within companies.

Jeffrey Liker is author of the successful series:
• The Toyota Way, January, 2004 by McGraw-Hill
• The Toyota Way Fieldbook, October, 2005 by McGraw-Hill
• Toyota's Product Development System with James Morgan, 2006, by Productivity Press
• Toyota Talent: Developing People the Toyota Way, April 29, 2007 by McGraw-Hill
• Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way, 2008 by McGraw-Hill

11-times winner of the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research

Laboratório de Sistemas Computacionais para Projeto e Manufatura - SCPM

The Computing Systems Lab for UNIMEP’s Manufacturing Project develops its learning research activities focusing the manufacturing process development process integration, particularly, the product process interface.

Its services are organized in 3 research lines: Product Integrated Development (CAx, PDM, PLM); Monitoring of Machining Process with Very High Speed Cutting; Digital Fabric. The focus is in the applied research and in partnership with the industry.

Lean Enterprise China, Inc.

Lean Enterprise China (LEC) is a not-for-profit research organization aimed at promoting and educating Lean Thinking in China. LEC is the only authorized organization in China with the intellectual property of books and knowledge from LEI, the global lean leading organization located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

LEC is one of the 18 country affiliates of Lean Global Network.

Lean Hochschulgruppe e.V.

Die LEAN Hochschulgruppe e.V. ist ein studentischer Verein am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. Unser Ziel ist die Verknüpfung der universitären Ausbildung mit der LEAN Philosophie in Theorie und Praxis.

Dabei stehen die Generierung und das Synthetisieren von Wissen und Methoden aus dem Bereich des LEAN Thinking von Mitgliedern für Mitglieder im Vordergrund. Hierfür haben wir ein mehrsemestriges Ausbildungsprogramm entwickelt, mit dem die Mitglieder die verschiedenen Facetten, Herausforderungen und Potenziale des Themas kennen lernen und auch in Workshops und realen Projekten zur Anwendung bringen sollen. Nachdem die theoretische Grundlage des jeweiligen Gebiets gelegt ist, werden spezielle Exkursionen und Vorträge für die Mitglieder organisiert, um den Praxisbezug herzustellen.

Auf Industrieeinsätzen bei unseren Industriepartner setzen die Mitglieder der LEAN Hochschulgruppe ihr Wissen in die Tat um und eigenen sich fundierte Kenntnisse des LEAN Management für das spätere Berufsleben an.

Leaning Hochschulgruppe Dortmund e.V.

The Leaning Hochschulgruppe Dortmund e.V. is a student initiatives at the Technical University of Dortmund. The university group is a point of reference for Lean enthusiastic students from all disciplines and semesters stages. Founded in summer 2012 the group has set itself the goal of establishing the theme Lean Management in university compulsory courses at the Technical University of Dortmund. It built an own knowledge base to help the students get a deeper theoretical lean knowledge. Regular lectures and field trips provide an opportunity to experience Lean management in practice. Beyond the Leaning Academy offers students a training program.

RD interlogue

Nothing inspires more than the experience of impressive examples.

The visit program of RD interlogue allows authentic insights into flagship companies. On Learning Journeys executives get an understanding of their own role as mediated enhancement drivers and they are able to improve their business strategically.

Employees will give a profound understanding regarding lean concept and methodology as well as Kaizen. The approach of the Learning Journeys is to create mutual benefits for both participants as well as visited companies.

RD interlogue sees itself as a catalyst and as a promoter of the exchanges on the subject of improvement.

St. Galler Business School

The St. Gallen Business School (SGBS) is one of the largest and most renowned management seminar providers in the German-speaking world. As a privately organized, independent and neutral institution, 90 highly qualified speakers and trainers train more than 3000 leading personalities from business and administration each year.
Highly qualified participants are to be taught the latest findings from research and teaching in a very practical and thus clear, translatable form. The St. Gallen management concept allows the diversity of business knowledge to be divided into modularly structured units without losing the overall overview.

Technical University Darmstadt

The Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at Darmstadt Technical University is a centre for teaching and research in the field of high-speed processing, construction and design of machine tools and components as well as process optimisation and product organisation.

Six research groups at the PTW - Machine tools and Components, Machining Technology, Micro-production, Centre for Industrial Productivity, Management of Industrial Production and Environmentally-compliant Production - are involved in research on the most up to date topics.

The Delegations of German Industry and Commerce in China

As a member of German Chamber Network AHK SH offers their experience, connections and services to German and foreign companies through following three organizations:

1. Delegation of German Industry and Commerce represents German business interests in China and informs about Germany as business location.
2. German Chamber of Commerce in China – Shanghai is a member organization for companies actively involved in the bilateral business relations.
3. German Industry & Commerce Greater China provides services under the brand “DEinternational” to companies both from Germany and their host countries in order to support them in their efforts to explore their potential and business opportunities in the region. The services of the DEinternational team in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei − with over 250 employees focus on business consultation, business partners search, mediation of trade disputes as well as vocational & management training.

The German-Mexican Chamber of Commerce (Mexico)

Germany’s chamber of commerce in Mexico is officially known as the German-Mexican Chamber of Commerce (CAMEXA). Its objective is to promote economic and trade relations between Germany and Mexico. It defines itself as the representative of the entire German private industry.

CAMEXA has its headquarters in Mexico City. It was founded in 1929 and now has 750 corporate members. CAMEXA is the platform for exchanging information among governmental offices as well as among the members themselves. The chair of the board, a volunteer position, is elected for a two-year period and is responsible for taking into consideration the various interests of the chamber's work.

University of Economics

University of Economics - then the College of Social and Economic Sciences - was opened to students on January 11, 1937 when first lectures at the Faculty of Industrial Organisation took place.

By the decision of the Polish Parliament, since 1st October 2010 the name of our institution in Polish changes from "Akademia Ekonomiczna im. Karola Adamieckiego w Katowicach" to "Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Katowicach". This remarkable transformation confirms our place among the most prestigious higher education institutions in Poland.


The VDI-Brazil (Engineers Association Brazil-Germany), founded in 1956, in São Paulo, has a competence center for clarification of technological questions and encouraging technological cooperation between Brazil and Germany.

Since March 2008, the VDI has worked in partnership with the Brazil-Germany Chambers of São Paulo, and ever since has an office located on the premises of this. Focusing on engineers and future professionals in the field, the organization offers events about technical themes and managerial training. Among these, there are also courses, lectures and seminars that deal with questions related to newer technologies, especially for Germans and Brazilians. Besides contributing to the professional development of the engineer, it also brings opportunities for networking, an important ingredient in today‘s corporate world.

W3 Group, LLC

W3 Group LLC, is a globally recognized consulting and training group that assists organizations who are striving to create a culture of deliberate continuous improvement based on innovation and adaptiveness.

The methodologies, principles, and techniques W3 Group teaches are on the cutting edge of global understanding in regards to deliberate culture creation, organizational alignment, and lean deployment.

Wirtschaftsverband Industrieller Unternehmen Baden e.V.

The wvib offers their 1,000 member companies a variety of services. The services are separated in six business areas: information, consultation, exchange of experiences, network, wvib Academy and meetings. Each business area is divided into individual themes, which are managed by a product manager. The wvib helps its members quick, unbureaucratic and personal. From the brief information on the phone about the individual counseling services on site to the network event.

Wissensfabrik - Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.

The "Wissensfabrik (Knowledge Factory) - Companies for Germany" is an initiative of enterprises and foundations that promote education and entrepreneurship in Germany. The "Wissensfabrik (Knowledge Factory) - Companies for Germany" sees itself as a nationwide network and has around 120 members from all industries and sizes. It offers a platform for knowledge in science, technology, economic education and entrepreneurship.

The projects also promote technical, personal, methodological and social skills among all participants. In addition, the "Wissensfabrik (Knowledge Factory)" supports young entrepreneurs to implement their business ideas as part of a mentoring program within the start-up initiative WECONOMY.