Rexam has revealed that its Águas Claras beverage can plant in Brazil has been awarded The Shingo Prize – acknowledged as the highest global recognition for operational excellence.
This follows the award of the Shingo Silver medal and Bronze medal respectively to two other Rexam plants in Brazil.
Rexam’s 80 plants worldwide consistently apply Lean principles to their operations to deliver savings and efficiencies while maintaining the quality of product required by their customers. Plants are regularly assessed under Rexam’s own audit programme but, in the quest for continuous improvement, Rexam wanted to benchmark its performance against the best in the world, the company said.
Águas Claras was recognised as outstanding in all areas of operation, and was selected for this highest prize for demonstrating a culture where principles of operational excellence are deeply embedded into the thinking and behaviour of all leaders, managers and associates.
Jon Alder, director group, Lean Enterprise, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and a real credit to the teams working in the plants. Shingo is recognised as the ultimate achievement in operational excellence. We have our own awards to take our plants ever further along the path to excellence. But the global Shingo prize, with its process of independent assessment, is the pinnacle.”
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