Establishing a Lean Culture – Lessons from Autoliv

Executive Breakfast

Date: Tuesday 28th June 2011
Time: 7.00am – 9.00am
Venue: Harrison Room at the MCG, Melbourne
Parking: Limited spaces under MGC. Breakfast only $55 per person including GST.


Learn the lessons and gain insight into the how and why for managers and leaders wanting to establish a lean culture. It has worked for Autoliv in green field sites, established sites and acquired sites, across many different countries.

Keynote Speakers

Séamus Power

Séamus Power worked for Autoliv for 9 years and held various positions including General Manager Manufacturing for Australia and Director of Manufacturing for Asia-Pacific prior to the Managing Director’s position in Australia.

Tim Mclean – Agility – The Future of Manufacturing in Australia

TXM Principal, Tim McLean will demonstrate how Agile Manufacturing, the use of lean approaches to reduce lead times, customize products and keep costs down, can provide local manufacturers with a sustainable competitive advantage against imports. Tim’s very practical presentation will focus on practical ways to create agility:

  • Understanding the components of your manufacturing process that contribute to your current lead time.
  • How to target the wastes in your systems to reduce this lead time.
  • Tools to enable your front line leaders to be more effective while targeting short lead times and competitive costs.


Séamus Power

Séamus graduated as a Production Engineer in Ireland and went on to work for Digital(DEC) and DeBeers(Boart). He then worked for 15 years with the Japanese Automotive company Yazaki in several countries including 2 years in Japan.

During his time as Autoliv’s Asia Pacific Director of Manufacturing, he spent considerable time working in a number of Asian countries including China, Korea, Thailand, and India. As Director for Manufacturing, he oversaw the conversion of the regions 17 facilities(Sales US$1.8B, 15,000+ employees) to lean as well as development and implementation of regional manufacturing strategy.

He is considered an expert in APS, Autoliv’s Lean System, and strongly believes in sharing Autoliv’s learning with others. He was recognised by the AME(Association of Manufacturing Excellence) for his contributions to the Australian Manufacturing Industry in 2008 by being awarded the Jim Watkins Award.

Tim Mclean

Tim has more than 20 years in operational and general management roles and has extensive experience in both Project Management and Process Improvement. He started out in the 80’s implementing TQM techniques such as control charts and design of experiments before graduating to lean manufacturing consulting. In recent years Tim’s interests have focused on the implementation of Value Stream Maps. He has successfully assisted customers to eliminate waste by improving flow, implementing pull systems, providing the stability of quality principles, and preventing overproduction and waste. These have been applied in both greenfield and brownfield sites.

During his career, Tim was responsible for major operational changes including complex multi-site amalgamations, ERP system implementations, plant relocations and integrating mergers and acquisitions. He was also responsible for establishing and refining complex international supply chains. Since establishing TXM he has built a strong reputation for high-quality project management and his extensive lean supply chain expertise.

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

Timothy McLean is the Managing Director of TXM Lean Solutions and is an author of Lean books.