Lean Transformation


Get ready now to embark on the road towards Made in China 2025.

Quality, efficiency, innovation – these are the most suitable terms to describe in as few words as possible what ‘Made in China 2025’ is all about. Lean Transformation is the initial key to success.

Lean Transformation is a form of change. It involves the transfer or realignment of a company or any part thereof, from an old to a new state. Lean Transformation focusses on strategies, objectives, structures and features of Lean companies and systematically applies Lean management methodologies and tools. However, Lean Transformation is by far more than a mere ‘tool box’ from which you can make an adhoc selection in order to optimize stand alone subprocesses without bearing in mind the big picture. Instead, it is a holistic philosophy, a business culture and management approach which turns companies and entire value networks into more efficient and less waste-affected entities which leads them towards Top Performance. On their way to Top-Performance, companies go through several stages: the pre-change stage, the change itself and the continuous improvement stage. The pre-change stage is characterized by the existence of traditional, functional processes with

a high degree of optimization potential. The actual Transformation begins with the change. This stage brings about profound modifications of processes and procedures, which might result in new challenges for the company: even if the overall objective is to achieve substantial structural improvements in the long run, the beginning of the Transformation might evoke a feeling of destabilization within the company. Once the change has successfully been accomplished,
the company enters the stage of continuous improvement, which is marked by continuously – or indefinitely – taking optimization and stabilization measures. Lean Transformation and the Lean idea as such should thus not be considered as ‘initiatives’ or ‘programs’ – both of which imply a definite end date – but rather as the continuous pursuit of improvement. It is this motivation, shared by management and all employees, which distinguishes successful from less
successful companies.

What we offer

With changing market challenges and new global competition, manufacturing companies must dramatically reduce lead time to customer orders and new customer demands in order to gain, or even retain, competitiveness. Taking the right decisions on the stage of global businesses is a difficult challenge which requires reliable partners with a good knowhow of the local situation, practices and habits – both in Asia and in Europe. With over a decade of experience
in China as well as a strong network of partners, we can provide the necessary answers in order to make the right decisions and develop successful strategies for your operations.

Since establishing our foundation in 1994, we have been successfully developing and implementing Lean Factory Planning. Our expertise in different industries across Asia and Europe for over 20 years will support you during the localization as well as the development of global operations. The adherence to the Lean principles guarantees efficiency as well as transparency from finding a suitable location for production to the efficient operation of the factory.

It would be naive to believe that in everyday life, managers all enthusiastically embrace change. Expressing reservations and even feeling resistance to change is completely normal. This is why it is important for there to be a fundamental understanding of how to develop consistent values and attitudes as well as actively modeling the desired behavior. After all, nothing does more damage than managers who have to tie themselves into figurative knots and only play the part of the Lean Leader in front of their employees.

The success of a Lean transformation at your company stands and falls with the mindset and performance of your managers. With the help of our training program for Certified Lean Leaders, you can develop your own Lean Leader to pave the way to peak performance in your area of responsibility. The Lean Leader guarantees that Lean method competence will be sustainably anchored at your company. The Lean Leader sets the course and creates the structure needed for optimal collaborative work while also encouraging and demanding continuous improvement. By helping employees become qualified, Lean Leaders assist them as they learn and develop.

Learn more about the training program for Certified Lean Leader.

Eliminating waste, minimizing inventory, maximizing work flow, pulling production from customer demand, empowering workers and partner with suppliers are just a few of the steps that will allow Lean Production to penetrate the entire production and logistics processes. The focus of improvement is always to optimize stream with minimal lead times. 

Concentrating on essentials, makes it possible to minimize waste and increase transparency. The target is to cope with the entire value stream, organizing it so that flow can be created and pull system principles can be introduced.

Lean production avoids waste and reduces your lead times - with increased productivity, you produce higher quality while your stock levels are minimized, but supply readiness assured. Your employees become more capable for improvements while value creation is higher.

The Lean value stream requires supporting processes for setting an efficient and waste-free groundwork by applying the same logic and methodology like in direct areas. Improvement is reached through analysis and process optimization as well as through efficient communication and management.

The general approach of Lean Administration is to separate value-adding activities from non-value-adding activities (waste) with the goal to reduce or eliminate the latter ones.

Process improvement and a value-stream oriented organization reduces interfaces, improves communication and creates significantly shorter lead times while improving quality at the same time. Workplace organization, standardization and transparent team competences make collaboration easier.

Innovation and product development are major levers for managing corporate success for the long term. Our Lean Development system aims at creating a comprehensive management structure. Therefore, all elements from systematic analysis of the competitive environment to the development of product series are seamlessly integrated.

In a Lean Product Development system, all principles of Lean come into effect with the goal of efficiently “handling” development projects. The major focus of our approach is on the avoidance of waste in the product development process and on safeguarding the results of single development projects. The comprehensive optimization of innovation and product development makes it possible to achieve significantly shorter development times and more profitable products. Product quality, secure production processes and increased resource efficiency are all integral parts of the basic concept.

What you get

  • Simple and standardized communications across all sites without global boundaries.

  • Sustainable and structured problem solving

  • More efficient communication and greater self-discipline in teams
  • Lowering loss and waste to a minimum.

  • Greater productivity and higher quality.

  • Reducing inventory and the related storage costs and interest fees

  • More responsibility and competence for the employees thanks to flatter hierarchies

  • Greater employee satisfaction

  • Improvements in communication among employees

  • Establishing an office added-value system by implementing BestPractice standards.

Success Factors for a Lean Transformation

  • CREATING AWARENESS of the actual situation and the urgency to act.

  • DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS to provide executives with necessary management tools so they are well-prepared to fulfill their role as enabler and driving force behind the CIP.

  • DEVELOPING LEAN COMPETENCE by forming a strong and experienced team of employees, executives and Lean Experts/Trainers to exchange knowledge and by raising further awareness in the context of Best Practice visits.

  • BUILDING UP EXCELLENCE IN THE VALUE-STREAM by actively involving employees in the roll-out of selected pilot projects, thereby developing profound knowledge and persuasion to continue the rollout to the entire company.




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