Manufacturers’ organisation EEF has opened a new training academy that will make global best practice in lean manufacturing available to small and medium-sized businesses.
EEF said that lean techniques could “boost efficiency and growth without the need for significant financial investment”. The academy can run at a company’s premises or at EEF’s facility in Birmingham, UK, which features a full-scale, configurable modular assembly line that “makes the exercises real-to-life and relevant to the individual business”.
Steve Chicken, manufacturing growth director for EEF, said: “This is a vital step forward in giving mid-sized and SME manufacturers the same access to game-changing techniques to boost efficiency and growth as their larger peers. “While recognising the potential to transform their business, for many smaller companies the cost of a dedicated Lean Academy is prohibitive while the desk-top versions are unrealistic and difficult to apply in the workplace. Our new academy solves both these issues and lifts the barriers preventing smaller manufacturers from taking full advantage of the opportunities presented by lean.”
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