APPEA Exhibitor

TXM will feature as an exhibitor at the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition in Brisbane on 5 – 8 June 2016.  APPEA is the peak national body representing Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry.

Oil PlatformThe APPEA Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition is the largest annual upstream oil and gas event in the southern hemisphere, attracting delegates from across the country and around the world.  Each year, this conference highlights and defines the issues and challenges of upstream petroleum exploration and development on a national and international level.  The APPEA 2016 Conference program will include international keynote presentations, case study presentations, technical updates and panel discussions. In addition, a full technical (concurrent) program, including more than 100 papers and presentations, will be delivered over the three-day event.  Combining a high-quality program and exhibition, the APPEA Conference & Exhibition delivers a unique combination of information-sharing and business opportunities unsurpassed by any other event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Participants to the event can pre-book a meeting with one of the TXM team via the APPEA 2016 conference website.  Just look for TXM Lean Solutions in the Exhibitor list and submit your meeting request.  Alternatively, feel free to stop by Booth 55, located in Exploration Avenue, the main entrance to the Exhibition Hall.

Customers of TXM who wish to access a free exhibition day pass, courtesy of TXM, should contact us.  As you know, we’re always here to help.


Australia is set to become one of the world’s leading energy producers and the world’s largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) producer.  This rise to an energy superpower will present the industry with a number of opportunities and challenges as projects transition from construction to operations.  These exciting times will enable and require the industry to invest in becoming a global benchmark for competitiveness and operational excellence.

The Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, will open LNG 18 in Perth on 11th April this year.  LNG 18 is the biggest LNG conference and exhibition ever held in Australia and the world’s largest event on the 2016 global LNG calendar.  With over 5,000 participants from around the world, LNG 18 will showcase the industry’s global leaders and most innovative thinkers.

TXM Director, Ron Spiteri, will represent TXM Lean Solutions at LNG 18 to ensure that TXM maintain currency with the value drivers, needs, and direction of the industry.  In doing so, TXM are able to innovate and ensure that they remain at the forefront of Lean Consulting in the Oil & Gas sector.

Attendees of LNG 18 can contact Ron through the attendees listing of the LNG 18 App.LNG18 App


The Assembly Show

TXM will be exhibiting at The Assembly Show 2015 in Rosemont, Illinois on 27 – 29 October 2015.  The Assembly Show is a premier exhibition that showcases the tools, equipment, and techniques of the fundamental manufacturing process of assembly.  The TXM Stand #1243 will be manned by TXM Director, Ron Spiteri, and TXM Consultant, Theron DeBella, to provide attendees with the understanding of how to leverage their current and proposed assets, including their people, to maximise throughput, capacity, efficiency, and value.

TXM Director Ron Spiteri, will be running a workshop on How to Achieve Sustainable Cultural Change at the 2015 AME International Conference in Cincinnati, USA the worlds largest and most well attended annual Lean Manufacturing Conference.

Ron will be supported by Theron DeBella, TXM Consultant, and Victor Caune, Best Practice Network Director, to facilitate an interactive half-day lean workshop on the afternoon of Monday, 19th October 2015 at the Duke Energy Convention Centre in Cincinnati, Ohio.

During this half-day workshop, TXM will coach participants on tools, techniques, and strategies that TXM have developed during their years of achieving sustainable cultural change within client organisations.  Participants will:

  • Learn how to define organisational culture
  • Understand the correlation between organisational values, beliefs, and behaviours
  • Explore effective methods for documenting and understanding their organisation’s unique culture
  • Determine culture’s impact on their change initiatives
  • Learn how to overcome cultural barriers to lean implementation
  • Hear how to measure their cultural change
  • Learn how to document strategy using an A3

By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the confidence to compile their organisation’s cultural strategy.

Ron SpiteriTXM Director, Ron Spiteri, delivered a keynote presentation to a live audience of 3,000, with an additional 4,000 connected via live streaming.  The global audience included both current and up-and-coming business leaders from small- and medium-sized businesses across Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Caribbean, North American, and the UK.   The presentation exposed to attendees the harsh reality of business process efficiencies and the accessibility of transformational improvement.  The audience was provided with a simple technique that any business can use to engage with their employees to understand the activities that create process value and waste, then design and implement effective ways to achieve significant sustainable improvement.  Post-event feedback suggests that many of the attendees were inspired to evaluate their processes and successful at applying the technique to realise significant process improvement.

The theme of the summit is "pushing boundaries"
The theme of the summit is “pushing boundaries”

Operational Excellence National Summit a Best Practice Network event “Pushing Boundaries” is the theme of this one day summit.
This Summit presents a high powered, interactive program of keynote speakers who will present their unique insights into why some organisations perform well in tough times and whether incremental improvements are enough and how does your company invest in its future?

Senior leaders from:

  • TXM Lean Solutions
  • MtM
  • Fonterra
  • Cimpress
  • Refuel International
  • Visy Fibre Victoria
  • Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council

will provide you with their experiences as well as Roundtable Discussions and a Q&A Panel.

Beyond the Boundaries will keep you engaged through this interactive summit.
The Operational Excellence Summit is specifically designed as a high powered, interactive event that builds new networks, gives you an opportunity to reflect and learn new ideas that you can take back to your workplace.

Learn more about the Best Practice Network from our Website

The next Best Practice Network – Special Interest Group will be at the Mondelez Food Innovation Centre in Ringwood, Victoria on 7 July 2015. The session will focus on how to collaborate and co-create to grow your food or beverage business for sustained growth.

The Mondelez Food Innovation Centre boasts some of the most advanced technology in the world for development of food and packaging.
The Mondelez Food Innovation Centre boasts some of the most advanced technology in the world for development of food and packaging including the ability to create a “virtual supermarket shelf”.

Together with the Victorian Government, Mondelez International recently opened its  Food Innovation Centre (FIC) at Ringwood, Victoria, following the company’s largest ever investment in new technologies and innovations. To underpin the survival and renewal of our food manufacturing sector, the centre is focused on unlocking consumer insights and product innovation for export into Asian markets where demand is increasing, and opportunities are significant. The centre is a boost for Victorian food manufacturing innovation. This is your opportunity to come and see how our approach to Innovation through collaboration and co-creation can enable your business for sustained growth

The tour of the FIC will cover:

  • An introduction to the vision and mission of the Food Innovation Centre (world first innovation business model)
  • An overview of our latest Asian insights (East is not West)
  • A tour and immersion into world class innovation capabilities that can fast track your innovation and new product development projects such as Virtual Reality through virtual store and industrial design studio with 3D printing
  • An educational summary on related workshops, training programs and tertiary courses that are available

The presenter of this event, Angeline Achariya General Manager, Food Innovation Centre, has pioneered the vision and execution of the Food Innovation Centre to be a one stop innovation hub with its objective to unlock consumer insights and innovation for export into Asian markets. Through collaborative programs her focus is to connect SMEs, people, state, federal governments, industry, higher education and technology. Angeline’s career in the food industry has spanned from small business, consultancy to blue chip FMCG companies like Masterfoods, Japan’s part of the MARS group; Fonterra, Yum! Brands (owners of KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell). Angeline is very strong in consumer centric design,

Food innovation centre
Advance packaging design at the Food Innovation Centre

front end innovation development, defining and implementing strategic direction for both operating plan and long term innovation imperatives

TXM is a leading manufacturing consulting company in the Asia Pacific region and we enable manufacturers in the food and beverage industries to achieve their business goals utilising lean manufacturing techniques to improve productivity performance and provide project management support for major change projects.

The TXM Team will be on hand at Food Pro 2014, with consultants that can discuss with visitors how lean manufacturing is incorporated into the daily running of a business to improve operational goals. With extensive experience in the food and beverage sector, TXM understands the challenges of providing high-quality products to FMCG markets.

Food pro exhibition 2014 to be attended by TXM Lean Consultants

At TXM we are manufacturing people first, consultants second. This means our team has all come from successful careers in a range of manufacturing sectors, including food, beverages, and packaging. We have unparalleled experience working in the food and beverage industry including winemaking,  agribusiness, confectionery, dairy, non-alcoholic beverages, sauces and condiments, coffee roasting, food service, flour milling, egg farming, meat processing, bakery, and fresh produce. We also have very extensive experience working with the packaging industry. As a result, our team brings. a deep understanding and passion for the needs of the industry. They combine their Lean Manufacturing expertise with practical experience to ensure companies are more productive and competitive to supply customers with the freshest, safest products

TXM will be highlighting its “Lean Daily Leadership” program – an innovative approach to improving productivity and shop floor engagement that supports the company’s goals for HACCP and GMP through programs such as the 5S lean technique as well as driving performance improvement through daily shop floor metrics and daily problem-solving.

For more information and to register to attend – visit the FoodPro 2014 website


TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean at NMW2014 where over 200 people visited the TXM stand.
TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean at NMW2014 where over 200 people visited the TXM stand.

Learn how Lean Thinking can help your business survive and grow from leading Australia’s Lean Manufacturing consultants, TXM, during National Manufacturing Week, to be held at the Sydney Showground, Olympic Park, 13 – 16 May 2014. TXM will be located at stand 2422 in the centre of the show right next to the R&D Hub.

The exhibition at National Manufacturing Week will provide a sample of Lean tools and techniques as well as introduce visitors to video case studies, streamed from the TXM video channel, to demonstrate how the company has helped Australian SMEs achieve greater success. On hand to discuss the projects will be highly experienced consultants to discuss the right approach that can realise improvements in productivity, quality, inventory costs and lead times that result in greater customer satisfaction, product quality, and staff morale.

Managing Director of TXM, Tim McLean will be conducting a seminar during NMW to discuss the barriers SMEs face when trying to grow, which are often linked to poor processes and inadequate engagement with their people to enable them to reach their full potential.

“We believe that Australia’s manufacturing future is with small and medium enterprises and we have developed effective techniques specifically designed for the needs of growing SMEs,” explains Tim McLean, Managing Director of TXM Lean Solutions. “TXM has built a reputation as the leader in helping more than 100 small and medium-sized manufacturers improve their productivity agility and customer service in order to significantly grow their businesses. Our consultants have experienced manufacturing first hand and are well equipped to understand how the business operates and how it can be improved. We work closely with our clients large and small to ensure that improvements are sustained for the long term.”

By focussing on developing effective business processes and developing people to work to their full potential, Lean techniques enable companies to develop into sustainable, profitable growing businesses. The results of incorporating Lean tools and techniques speak for themselves.

Ronson Gears provides a case in point by winning the 2013 Enterprise Connect Significant Achievement Award at last year’s Endeavour Awards. The company, a manufacturer of high-quality metal gears, implemented a system of Lean production processes that enabled more batches to be processed in any given week. As a result, Ronson Gears were recognised for their increase in export sales and productivity as a direct result of the TXM Lean methodology.

TXM has enabled Roband Australia, a manufacturer, and distributor of foodservice equipment, to better respond to customer demand. The company has a highly diverse range of products found in many commercial kitchens across the country, many of which are manufactured on-site. Roband quickly realised that the original premises, over two floors, and two buildings, was impeding the company’s abilities to improve production flow and productivity.

“When we purchased our new premises, we called in TXM to help us establish a new production layout to improve our productivity,” said David Jarman, production manager, Roband Australia. “The identification of product families enabled us to better identify parts, lead times and demand for each. Not only have we improved productivity and reduced lead times, but we are finding that staff morale, absenteeism, and participation are vastly improved because people can clearly see what is happening around them and be part of the solution.”

Productivity improvement was the initial objective for Macnaught, in Sydney, whose market is primarily export. Macnaught, who, manufacture hose reels, lubrication equipment, and industrial flow meters, often had to react quickly to fluctuating export orders. As a result, the company ran short of parts and manpower on a regular basis and lead times were becoming problematic. “We initially trialled the Lean approach on one product line,” said Macnaught CEO, Robert Hill. “Within three months, it was obvious the changes TXM recommended were effective, so we asked for a complete health report on the whole business. It is ongoing, but we are seeing batch sizes halved, lead times slashed to days instead of weeks and we never run out of parts. We have also used the Lean principles to develop a new product which is already indicating that it can be manufactured in a single day.”

The skills and expertise of TXM have continued to grow throughout Australia with consultants in each State, to help SMEs realise their potential and stay competitive in a challenging economic environment.

“The examples outlined are just a small representation of what can be achieved when Lean manufacturing tools and techniques are incorporated into a business,” said McLean. “We look forward to discussing with visitors to National Manufacturing Week what benefits a Lean culture can make to their ability to grow and survive.” Mr. McLean’s presentation will be given on Thursday 15th March at 1.30 pm in the R&D hub area next to the TXM stand at National Manufacturing Week.

TXM is proud to be part of the 2014 Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program to be run by the Australian Industry Defense Network Victoria (AIDN-Vic). The program is funded by a Productivity Networks grant from the Victorian Department of State Development, Business, and Innovation which allows this full-year course to be offered at a highly competitive rate.


This program is designed to develop the strategic leadership capacity required to succeed in today’s challenging manufacturing environment.

The program is aimed at current senior management and developing business leaders; assisting participants to develop a comprehensive skill set across strategic, tactical, and operational competencies.

This is an interactive learning program of workshops, case studies, site visits, and peer learning; offering you a unique opportunity to:

  • Create game-changing strategies
  • Enhance your leadership skills and personal impact on the business
  • Develop a culture of continual innovation and improvement
  • Lead your team to create increased customer value
  • Confidently lead your team through change
  • Apply your learnings in a real-life project addressing a current business issue and conducted with mentoring from program facilitators over a period of 6-8 months


During the course of the 9-month program you can expect to:

  • Undergo a leadership self-assessment; create your own personal development plan
  • Learn and apply lean concepts in manufacturing during interactive workshops
  • Build a Business Improvement Plan, incorporating the program learnings as you go


The program comprises 10 Workshops from March to December 2014:

  • 3 full-day Workshops – Covering principles and best practices in
  • 4 half-day Workshops – leadership, innovation and lean
  • 2 on-site Interactive Workshops – practical application of lean concepts
  • Final Showcase Workshop

Undertake a real-life project; applying skills and knowledge gained from the program to an immediate issue facing your business