Swedish Flag hanging in an alley.

TXM Lean Solutions growth continues into the Swedish market. We have just hired an experienced consultant to service the Swedish market. Our Swedish operation follows the successful introduction of TXM Lean Solutions in the the UK, Germany & France.

We continue to explore new opportunities across Europe and North America. We have established offices across four continents and projects across 20 countries. TXM Lean Solutions is Australia’s first Global Lean Consultancy able to offer global recognised Lean solutions.

Inquire today! Find out how TXM Lean Solutions consultant can help you with your continuous improvement & operational excellence journey.

The last four years have been an outstanding success for Best Practice Network so we are happy to introduce the New Zealand network. Best Practice Network are well established and fast-growing in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Western Australia. Climbing to 90 member companies, Best Practice Network present over 70 events per year and make hundreds of invaluable peer to peer networking connections.

Our major national members highlighted the need for our neighbours in New Zealand to be offered the opportunity to participate in the Best Practice Network. As a result, the business network in New Zealand was established.

Please contact Maria Yakimov – NZ Coordinator on 0437 266 413 if you have any colleagues that wish to participate in the New Zealand network.

Don’t miss Best Practice Networks first events for 2019:

  • Business Leader’s Dinner – Why Your Organisation Needs Visual Leaders
    Tuesday 12th February 6pm – 9pm Auckland & Thursday 14th February 6pm – 9pm Hamilton. Hosted by Anthony Clyne – Director TXM Lean Solutions.
  • Special Interest Group – Implementing Lean in your Business
    Wednesday 13th February 8:30am – 4pm Auckland & Friday 15th February 8:30am – 4pm Hamilton. Hosted by Anthony Clyne – Director TXM Lean Solutions.
  • Best Practice Network National Summit 2019 – The Smart Future
    Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd February 2019 – 8:30am – 5:00pm – Park Royal Hotel Melbourne. Hosted by Neil Hooke – Network Facilitator – Best Practice Network.
  • Business Leader’s Dinner – Grow Your Factory & Grow Your Profits with Lean
    Monday 8th April 6pm – 9pm – Mt Wellington. Hosted by Tim McLean – Director TXM Lean Solutions.

The Best Practice Network National Summit 2019 will be a great way for members and non-members to network & learn from each other. If you wish to join us follow the link to book or call us on 1300 077 363 for more information.

Axel Krens Presents to participants in the RMC Day One Workshop in Bendigo

Sign up Now to Get the Last Spaces in this Great Government Funded Program

After a lot of hard work by the AI Group, the TXM team and the other program partners, the Victorian Regional Manufacturing Clusters program is now underway across the state. Over sixty companies in eight cities have already signed up for the comprehensive program which includes expert coaching in innovation, exporting and training as well as the Lean program lead by TXM.

Participants have already started learning about fundamental Lean concepts such as Value Stream Mapping. Every company is developing projects that will deliver real value to their bottom line.

On top of excellent networking and training sessions lead by experienced TXM Lean experts, every company is benefiting from hands on on-site coaching to ensure that their project ideas turn in to reality.

Several groups are already at capacity, but if you are interested, spaces remain in Mildura, Echuca, Warnambool and Gippsland.

Click Here to find Out More About Regional Manufacturing Clusters.

Peter Oborn
Peter Oborn – Business Development Manager NSW

TXM is pleased to welcome Peter Oborn to our team as Business Development Manager based in Sydney NSW.

Peter is an experienced professional with 25 years specialising in the Manufacturing/Industrial, FMCG, Supply Chain & Scientific sectors. Peter has extensive understanding across HR – Executive & Senior appointments within APAC, Blue & White-collar labour hire contracts. Focussing on Strategic client reviews in driving efficiency and productivity for clients, assessing processes and deliverables to ensure sustainable and bottom line outcomes, Peter has been involved with the likes of Coca-Cola Amatil to redesign and improve their efficiency and productivity of labour-hire across their Supply Chain. Peter also has extensive knowledge in Learning & Development, Leadership Engagement and broad Employee & HR practices.

As a Bachelor of Science, Peter has worked in the Healthcare industry across Diagnostics & Research in Genetics & Microbiology. He also managed a leading Scientific publication which championed the education and research of the Australian Scientific community.

Peter has worked in Lean for a number of years and his role at TXM Lean Solutions includes the engagement of Customers, Industry & Government to assist organisations of all sizes in NSW implement robust best practice in business process through the behaviours of their people, ensuring sustainable business outcomes.

Keynote speaker Rakhil Hirdaramani

Join us in Melbourne for the 2019 Best Practice Network Annual Summit for Insights and Sharing with Leading Industry Practitioners

21 and 22 February 2019

Download the Summit Flyer

Come and learn what advanced businesses are doing to leverage new smart technologies.

Both the challenges and opportunities 

The change in new and existing smart technologies is accelerating. In manufacturing, supply chains and services, this can be seen as both a threat and a strategic opportunity.
Are you ready?

Join us at the Best Practice Network national summit together with other leading professionals, to learn what is really happening in advanced manufacturing and services in Australia and the world.


  • Enabling technology in a growing legacy business
  • Is Industry 4.0 the end of Lean?
  • SMART Factory for the people
  • Bringing AI to the front line of manufacturing and beyond
  • Too much or just perfect? Getting the automation balance right in Australian industry
  • Australia’s Advanced Manufacturing Future – challenges and opportunities
  • The human aspects of change within complex systems.

Heading up our stellar line up of speakers is International Keynote Presenter Rakhil Hirdaramani, Director of the Hirdaramani Group in Sri Lanka.

Hirdaramani has been a steadfast supporter of better business practices and persists as a champion for revolution and transformation in the apparel industry. The company remains an undisputed leader and catalyst for change and innovation in the Sri Lankan apparel landscape.


The Group has embraced the concept of Industry 4.0 and ‘smart factories’, where digital and physical systems monitor the physical processes on the factory floor to bring greater visibility, transparency, and speed to production quality. They have leveraged the power of real-time analytics and data-driven decision-making to ensure production was no longer dependant on outdated information.

Together with Rakhil, the National Summit will feature a wide range of highly respected Lean Practitioners and Operational Leaders including:

  • Mark Goodsell – Executive Director, Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council
  • Betsy Kuo  – Executive Director ANZ Supply Chain and APAC Engineering, Global Leader SMART Factory SealedAir
  • Max Noble  – Director Programs, L3 Oceania, L3 Micreo
  • Tim McLean – Director, TXM Lean Solutions
  • Adeesha Samarakoon – Assembly Engineer, Nissan Casting Australia
  • Daniel Del Castillo – Value Stream Manager, The Wrigley Company

Some feedback from previous Best Practice Network Summits as follows:
The 2018 BPN Summit and the related workshops attached to the Summit exceeded my expectations. It was the quality and simplicity of the presentations and workshops from International experts that gave credibility to the messages we have been trying to communicate internally. The results will help us a great deal in implementing changes into our Company.”
Lionel Armitstead, General Manager, Specialised Laminators Queensland

“The 2017 OPEX National Summit has given me a renewed appetite to start developing some very clear/simple KPIs for my team to help engage and refocus their attention on what is important to ensure our growth and competitiveness in the industry. I left with a sense of optimism for the future of manufacturing in Australia.”

Vanessa Lopez, Operations Supervisor, BlueScope

Participants in the 2018 Summit on the Sunshine Coast

The day will also include structured opportunities to network and discuss the key topics presented and will culminate with an interactive Q&A session with all the keynotes.

Book now to secure your place.

Download the 2019 Best Practice Network Annual Summit Flyer Here





TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean (left) and China Consulting Director, Justin Tao, with a copy of the Chinese Edition of “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits”.

TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean’s first book, “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises” (Productivity Press, 2014) was recently released in Chinese translation. Tim and TXM have worked with a range of small and medium sized manufacturers in China and they face many of the same challenges faced by growing manufacturers around the world. Therefore it made sense to release the book in China.

The book features a foreword by leading Chinese Lean Thinker, Dr Marcus Chao, the Managing Director of Lean Enterprise China.

TXM China Consulting Director, Justin Tao, was instrumental in organising the Chinese edition and, as an experienced translator himself, reviewed the translations before they were sent to the publisher. However special thanks must go to the translators, Martin Yu and Annie Zeng who worked for over a year to translate the book in to Chinese.

The Chinese edition has been released by Posts & Telecommunications Press and can be purchased from their website www.ptpress.com.cn

The original English version of “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits” can be purchased from the TXM E-Store or from your favourite on-line bookseller.


It is now less than three weeks before Dennis McCarthy, world leading expert on Total Productive Maintenance, arrives in Australia to present a series of workshops with the Best Practice Network.

Maintenance is a hot topic for leaders in manufacturing, supply chain and agribusiness and Dennis is a world leader on the application of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). TPM is the Lean approach to getting better performance from your assets. In these two day workshops Dennis will present tools to deliver year-on-year improvement in performance. He has helped many well known organisations on their improvement journey, including: 3M; General Motors; Ford; BP; Dow Corning; Ikea; Mitsubishi; Pepsi and General Electric.


Learn Why TPM is Like Servicing Your Car from Our Lean Minute Video


In addition Dennis is a regular speaker at national and international manufacturing conferences and the author of three books on TPM.

Objectives and Topics:

This two-day workshop is designed to help you:

  • understand the lessons learned by moving from good to better to best
  • Apply proven Lean TPM diagnostics benchmarks for each step to measure your organisation’s progress
  • Develop action plans to build on existing good practices and accelerate progress upon return to your workplace.

There are still a limited number of places available for Dennis’s four workshops in Australia.

Workshop Dates and Locations:

  • QLD – 29 and 30 August
  • WA – 4 and 5 September
  • NSW – 10 and 11 September
  • VIC – 13 and 14 September


David Jaksa
David Jaksa, TXM Senior Lean Consultant in Melbourne

TXM is pleased to welcome David Jaksa to our team. David has worked with us as an associate for more than a year, proving himself to be a highly capable Lean leader and consultant. He now joins our team as a Senior Lean Consultant in Melbourne.

David Jaksa has had an outstanding career in Lean and Quality Engineering within the Toyota Motor Corporation Australia. At Toyota, David commenced as a member of the Graduate program where he was placed on a 2 year training development pathway which helped him gain exposure to automotive manufacturing and logistic processes as well as the associated Toyota Production System concepts such as Just in Time and Quality Built in. His work ranged across assembly operations, quality engineering and included management of new model supply parts approval activities. In 2004 David was appointed the Quality Control Project Manager for the new model Camry which he carried out up until its successful Launch in 2006. He had also worked in the role of Business planning manager within the corporate strategy division

Throughout his roles within Toyota, David was able to gain considerable practical experience in the use of Lean visual techniques and how they are essential to the the successful introduction of a project.

Since leaving Toyota seven years ago, David has worked in many different industries such as Manufacturing, Services and Construction, in driving efficiency, running Lean programmes and implementing various quality system improvements.

David is a passionate Lean coach and facilitator who brings a broad range of practical Lean skills and experience to TXM.  Beyond his considerable expertise in manufacturing, David has developed a deep understanding of implementing Lean in typically non-traditional environments such as building and construction.

Meet the Whole TXM Team

Anil Gupta Lean Consultant Canada
Anil Gupta – Senior Lean Consultant in Canada

TXM is pleased to welcome Anil Gupta to the TXM team in North America as a Senior Lean Consultant in Canada. Anil is based in Toronto in Canada and joins our new company TXM Lean Solutions North America, based in Calgary, Alberta.

Anil has been helping organizations improve their performance over the past 15 years. He works with executive teams to build the strategic plan and cultural orientation for the organization and helps middle level leaders translate the strategic plans into execution plans. Anil also leads complex cross-functional problem solving, transformational process redesign exercises, and enables organizations through Lean and Six Sigma training.

His main area of interest and research is to build a comprehensive management system, which integrates an organization’s strategic plans with organizational culture and employee engagement.

Anil has worked in a wide range of industries including aerospace (Bombardier Aerospace & Hamilton Sunstrand), software (OpenText & RDM), healthcare (MDS Diagnostics & University Health Network), governments (Govt. of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Health in Ontario), not-for-profit (Toronto Public Library & World Vision International), telecommunication (Bell Canada & Rogers), retail (Hudson Bay & Canadian Tire), manufacturing (Maple Leaf Foods & Turkstra Lumber), finance (ScotiaBank), construction (PCL Construction & Royal Building Products), airlines (Qantas Australian Airlines) & services (Morneau Shepell & Starwood hotels), among others. His training courses have taken him to 5 continents.

Anil’s current teaching assignments include the Lean Six Sigma Essentials course at the University of Toronto & the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course at McMaster University, Hamilton.

Anil has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario; an M.Sc. in Business Research from the Rotman School, University of Toronto; Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certification from the Six Sigma Academy, Scottsdale, Arizona and he is a certified administrator of the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator. Anil is currently a doctoral research scholar at the Rotman School, University of Toronto.

As a Senior Lean Consultant in Canada, Anil will be working with TXM Customers across Canada and the USA

Contact TXM to find out more

Bernard Azzi, TXM Lean Consultant in Germany

TXM is pleased to welcome Bernard Azzi to our growing global team as a Senior Lean Consultant in Germany. Bernard is based in the beautiful city of Heidelberg in Germany and will be working with our clients in Germany and across Europe.

Bernard is an exceptionally experienced Lean consultant having worked with dozens of companies over his 12 years as a Lean and TPM consultant. Bernard’s projects have included global leaders such as BASF, Dupont, Symrise and Unilever. Bernard has also worked with a wide range of small and medium sized companies across Germany and internationally.

Bernard is skilled at supporting companies to improve their organizational and technical processes. His strategic approach of adapting the processes to the people – and not the other way round – has a proven track record.

Using the same approach in coaching, he supports managers in their personal development at a private and business level. Over 10 years of consulting Bernard has shown that people will appreciate change and innovation as long as they are treated with respect and are given the priority over processes.

Either way, Bernard has a toolbox of value-added methods that can be used as appropriate for the individual employees and processes.

Bernard’s mission often begins where other consulting mandates have failed and where people are reluctant to embrace further efforts. His core competence is to handle challenging projects and processes – worldwide and multilingual, which makes him an ideal fit for TXM. Bernard speaks Arabic, French and Spanish as well as his fluency in German and English.

Bernard has degrees in Mechanical and Civil engineering that support his practical approach and enable him to understand the issues of a wide range of industries.

As a Senior Lean Consultant in Germany, Bernard brings additional capability to support our growing European customer base.

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