TXM Becomes Approved Provider for Lean Funding Programme in New Zealand

TXM Lean Solutions New Zealand has recently  been approved as a service provider for the Callaghan Innovation Lean Programme. This programme enables eligible companies to obtain a grant of up to $NZ20,000 to fund an investment in Lean consulting and training services.

Callaghan Innovation is a government-based agency supporting hi-tech businesses across New Zealand. They partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research & development services to suit any growth stage.

TXM Lean Solutions New Zealand will be providing expert consultants and industry knowledge for their Innovation skills programmes covering Lean and Digital Lean (Industry 4.0) as an approved service provider.

TXM brings a wealth of experience from working with more than 500 manufacturing, food, and distribution businesses in more than 20 countries. Our experience ranges from large scale agri-businesses to sophisticated medical device manufacturers. Our industry knowledge base is second to none.

How the Lean Program Works?

Callaghan Innovation deliver one day Lean workshops throughout New Zealand.

To sign up for one of these workshops go to the Callaghan Innovation Website

Registrations are limited to a maximum of three people per business and priority is given to registrations from businesses new to the Lean programme.

What are the Costs?

Lean one-day workshops cost $65 per person. Book by contacting [email protected]

Once you’ve attended a workshop, you can then appoint a Lean coach from TXM to get Lean implementation underway. Implementation costs over 12 months vary depending on the consultant chosen. You pay 60%, we fund 40%, up to a maximum of $20,000.

If you would like to know more about Callaghan Innovation and their Lean Programmes, please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit Callaghan Innovation

James Brycker is available to consult across all of Queensland & Northern New South Wales

TXM Lean Solutions Australia is excited to announce the appointment of another two passionate & experienced Lean experts and change managers to our consulting teams in Australia and New Zealand.

James Brycker – Senior Lean Consultant – Queensland

James Brycker joins us as a Senior Lean Consultant in Queensland. Based in Brisbane, James has extensive experience & management of automotive manufacturing, supply chain and process improvement in Sweden where he worked with Johnson Controls producing & launching new products for the S, V & C series supplying directly to Volvo.

He is a highly experienced consultant with a deep passion for assisting businesses drive cultural change, enhance employee engagement, and implement supply chain improvement processes to ensure cost savings and efficiencies, on his return to Australia James has worked with several high-profile clients developing leaders at all levels with excellent engagement and communication.

James is available for consulting across Queensland and northern NSW, If you would like to have James help you improve your people, productivity and profits don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Liam Taylor – Senior Lean Consultant – South Island New Zealand

We are excited to announce the appointment of Liam Taylor to our consulting team in New Zealand. Liam joins TXM after working with JCB for 10 years in the United Kingdom where he honed his Lean & Manufacturing skills as a Lean Coordinator & then Manufacturing Engineering Manager.

Liam has extensive experience in helping businesses improve and maximise their potential. With over 20 years’ experience, Liam has worked with a wide range of businesses from smaller-scale SME’s through to world class industry-leading organisations. He is able to help businesses improve from both a financial and cultural perspective, with the emphasis on building capable and resilient businesses.

Liam has helped businesses across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Specifically, he has covered Manufacturing, Defence & Aerospace, Food/Beverage, Viticulture, FMCG, Automotive, Stores, Agricultural, Fishing, Hospitality, Utilities and office-based Service sectors. He has worked with organisations based in the UK, Europe, USA, and NZ as well as undertaking an advisory role in the set-up of factories in India.

Liam has also coached and mentored small businesses in their start-up and growth and has successfully run two businesses of his own. In addition, he has been involved in NZ’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) to help young people discover their business potential.

Away from business, Liam has owned and maintained multiple classic and performance cars and enjoys wine and travel.

Liam is based in the Nelson Bays region and will be supporting projects across the South Island and southern half of the North Island. Liam is eager to help you build capabilities and drive performance in your business.

Contact TXM for more information

TXM Lean Solutions are happy to announce the recruitment of two new consultants in New South Wales and the North Island of New Zealand. In New South Wales, TXM welcome Doug Mottram as Senior Lean Consultant. Doug Joins TXM Lean Solutions Australia in NSW with extensive experience working as a continuous improvement professional. In New Zealand we weclome Ian Lines who brings a wealth of knowledge from his time as a operations manager at automtovie suppliers.

Doug Mottram joins TXM with over 20 years experience in manaufacturing.

Meeting Demand with a New Senior Lean Consultant Doug Mottram

Doug has worked in a range of industries from Mining & Minerals to Gaming, Furniture and even Air Traffic Control. Doug has also been the President of AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) NSW. Doug is also the owner of The Business Advisory Board in the Sutherland Shire Business Region.

He has a passion for seeing businesses grow profitably and sustainably and will be able to help NSW clients increase productivity, drive performance and boost profitability.

Boosting Capabilities in New Zealand with New Senior Lean Consultant

Ian joins TXM with over 35 years experience in manufacturing and operations management.

Across the ditch we are excited to announce the appointment of Ian Lines as Senior Lean Consultant New Zealand. Ian started his career in Wales, UK on the shop floor as a manufacturing engineer giving him a practical understanding of production & process before becoming a Continuous Improvement Manager at Valeo a supplier to BMW, Peugeot, SaaB & General Motors.

Ian has since worked as a Lean Consultant in New Zealand helping businesses increase productivity, profits, and efficiency. Ian has developed an outstanding set of facilitator skills who constantly engages staff.

Need Help?

If you need a Lean Consultant across Australia or New Zealand, Ian and Doug are both ready to help you achieve your vision and boost your profits & productivity. Contact TXM for more information.

TXM Exhibiting @ Booth S24

After not being able to meet customers face-to-face at exhibitions all of last year, TXM are happy to announce we will be exhibiting at FoodPro 2021 at Sydney Olympic Park. Join us for the first time since 2019!

FoodPro is one of Australia’s premier food & beverage exhibitions bringing together food producers, manufacturers and distributors. Food & Beverage manufacturing is one of Australia’s largest employers across Processing & Packaging, Ingredients, Drinks & Liquid Foods, Packaging Materials, Equipment and Logisitics & Handling.

TXM is Australia’s leading Lean Manufacturing Consultants with offices around Australia and globally. We have assisted food manufacturers like Ferguson Plarre, Harvest Moon and Pattie’s Foods to reduce waste, increase productivity, improve customer service, increase flexibility, reduce downtime, and reorganise their production layouts.

Our unique approach has been particularly effective in the food manufacturing sector, where we have been able to increase productivity by over 25% and reduce lead time by more than 50%.

Join TXM in-person

TXM will be exhibiting at booth S24 right across from the sensory maze. Come say hello to the team and talk to us about any issues you may be facing. We will have experts on hand to answer any questions you may have about our services or how we can apply them to your business.

Register Free Now!

 

TXM Europe SAS Welcomes Jimmy Sterner

Even with the continued period of unknowns across the globe with the Ever Given ship stuck in the Suez Canal causing major shipping delays or the lockdowns experienced across much of Europe at the moment. TXM Europe SAS is happy to announce the arrival of new Swedish consultant – Jimmy Sterner.

Jimmy Sterner joins TXM Europe SAS with over 35 years experience in production and plant management across Northern Europe. Jimmy is also a well seasoned and experienced Lean Consultant with Lean and Six Sigma experience in senior roles with-in manufacturing, supply chain and global operations.

Jimmy started his career with global beverage container maker REXAM where he gain experience in production and plant management. After 20 years with REXAM Jimmy worked with ConvaTec & SWEP International applying Lean across a number of business functions.

After 20 years with REXAM, Jimmy worked with ConvaTec where he started as a Technical & Production Manager whilst also coordinating the transfer to a new facility. His next project with ConvaTec saw him implement Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma across their headquarters in Denmark.

At SWEP International he implemented a sustainable Lean culture for growth across the supply chain with a focus on manufacturing. Jimmy also established and secured business with external stakeholders. He applied Lean & Six Sigma at all levels, whilst implementing quality systems to support SWEP International’s growth.

After 7 years with SWEP International Jimmy became a Lean consultant specialising in Executive level Coaching, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Total Productive Maintenance, Kaizen, SMED, Quality, Continuous Improvement and Change Management.

As a Lean champion Jimmy see’s it as his mission to create growth and profitability through continuous improvement, including development of people, processes, teams and organisations in parallel with technology and quality for internal and external stakeholders.

Jimmy is based in Skane County, Sweden and is highly skilled to be able to take your business to the next level. Contact TXM to find out how to get Jimmy on-site to your business.

 

Over the past year TXM Lean Solutions has been able to add several new consultants across the Europe and America. Australia is no different with the appointment of our new Business Development Manager. We are excited to announce David McCarthy has joined the TXM team in New South Wales.

Experienced Manufacturing Professional Joins TXM as Business Development Manager

David has over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing and sales. He has multiple qualifications and a wide range of experience across the manufacturing sector. David honed his skills as a Production Manager for HMA Group managing 80 staff across fabrication, machining, lining and assembly for over 14 years before becoming a Sales Manager for some of Australia’s premier manufacturers.

David has since been a Sales Manager for Living Clean Systems, Panasonic, CHESS Engineering, Tasman Tanks, ERM Power and World Kinect Energy Services. His knowledge of the Australian manufacturing industry will bring exclusive insights and recommendations for our new and existing clients.

One of David’s key elements to success is building strong supportive relationships with his clients while providing constructive feedback and recommendations. His extensive experience should place David front of mind if you need help assessing your future growth plans and where to go next!

David is available for meetings and on-site visits for all New South Wales based business’s and can be contacted via [email protected] or on 0458 870 845.

Building Our Capabilities

Here at TXM we are always growing into new markets and looking to add new talent to our teams across the globe. 2020 was no different with the addition of 5 new consultants in France, North America and Australia.

Scott Kozinski joins TXM North America with over 30 years’ experience as a passionate Transformational Lean Leader at The Timken Steel Company and Caterpillar.

An Experienced Leader Joins Our Team

Scott earned his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering, a Master’s in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from Malone University. He is an APICS certified supply chain professional, an SME Lean Bronze practitioner, and a certified Change Master.

While at The Timken Steel Company Scott held positions as a Marketing Product Development engineer, Marketing Technical Service Engineer, Quality Manager for Timken’s seamless tubing facilities in Wooster and Canton, OH, and as Primary Steelmaking Operations Manager for the Faircrest Steel Plant, in Canton, OH.

During his time with Caterpillar Scott was one very few “Go-to” Lean Manufacturing Experts entrusted by executive leadership to tackle and solve critical, complex issues. Within the Caterpillar supply base, he coached many suppliers’ owners and executives enabling them to meet demanding ramp up while improving both quality and cost without capital expenditure. He has enabled many suppliers to dramatically reduce lead times, inventories, and costs to remain viable and competitive during several sharp declines in demand.

As an active member of his Ohio community, Scott, his wife, Libby, and their daughters Rachel, Rebekah, and Abigail have volunteered on both inner-city and international mission efforts. For over a decade Scott has personally served on the boards of two Peoria based not-for-profit institutions.

Scott is based in Louisville, Ohio and is available to travel across North America, he will be helping our North American clients grow, prosper and achieve their visions. Call TXM to get in contact with Simon today!

The Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program (LfME) run by the Geelong Manufacturing Council is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Environment and Resources as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Running since 2012 the program has seen over 100 businesses through the course with completed final projects saving businesses on average $300,000 each. It helps coach and train the future generation of manufacturing business leaders.

During the program participants can expect to learn how to:

  • Develop their personal leadership skills to engage teams and achieve better results
  • Apply Lean concepts in manufacturing during interactive workshops
  • Discover strategies to improve team culture and learn how to facilitate their own teams to develop a performance culture in the workplace
  • Identify, plan and lead a business improvement project incorporating Lean methodologies and Leadership Program learnings.

The 2020 LfME program ran slightly differently due to the persistent conditions throughout the year with reduced face-to-face numbers and virtual on-site coaching used to facilitate most of the course work. The changes didn’t hamper the results with companies involved seeing excellent results from their final projects.

Although 2020 has been a year of ups and downs the LfME program was able to host the final presentations on December 9th at the Rydges Conference Centre.

The 2020 Winners

FormFlow: Samaritan house modular unit manufacturing blueprint. Creating a standardised manufacturing process for building modular homes in shorter lead times, increasing capacity and enabling modular homes to be easily built where-ever the location, whoever the builder. Reduced build time from 60 days to 18 days resulting in 300% increase in revenue.

CMTP: Analysed working and break patterns to find solution to improve output by 6%. Changes to break times, implementation of daily scheduling board resulted in increased output of $80-$100k per machine/year.

Boundary Bend: Improved safety and equipment accessibility of the bottling plant’s depalletising area. Simple and quick to implement solutions created an estimated 5% productivity increase.

Coach’s Award

Sectrol: Through introduction and implementation of several techniques learned during the program, the team identified that a number of steps should be taken prior to the decision to purchase new software. Continued 5S, energy audits and gaining owner & management support are consistently being used as continuous improvement tools.

Congratulations to the winners and to each and every one of the participants for this year’s Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program for what was an unorthodox year full of challenges and new learnings. TXM will be participating in the 2021 program with a keen interest in helping businesses in the Geelong area.

Bruno Dury Joins TXM In France

Bruno Dury joins TXM with over 30 years experience in Lean & Operational Excellence implementations.

TXM Lean Solutions are pleased to announce the appointment of Bruno Dury to our French Team. Bruno joins TXM with over 30 years of industry experience across France as a Lean/Operational Excellence Consultant.

Bruno has over 30 years experience in process improvement and transformation starting his career with Areva in the Nuclear Industry where he honed his skills as a Method Manager. Bruno has since worked at Alstrom where he was Lean Leader & implemented the APS (Advanced Production System). It is a continuous improvement approach based on the principles of Lean Manufacturing and run by over 350 people across multiple sites.

Bruno then worked at General Electric responsible for coordinating quality assurance and the establishment of 3 units across the Villeurbanne and St Priest Sites. Whilst head of the quality department he oversaw 15 employees looking after customer quality, production quality, supplier quality and quality assurance.

Bruno will be helping our clients across Europe with a focus on France. His extensive experience of Lean and Operational Excellence will be invaluable for our clients and wider consulting team. We would like to welcome Bruno into the TXM Team!

If you would like to speak with Bruno or would like him to assess your business give TXM an obligation free call or submit an enquiry.

Senior Lean Consultant Rob Chittenden Celebrates 10 years with TXM

Senior Lean Consultant Rob Chittenden celebrates 10 years with TXM this month.

October 2020 marks ten years with TXM for Melbourne based Senior Consultant, Rob Chittenden.

Rob joined TXM after a career as an Operations and Production Manager in leading manufacturers. A key adjustment for Rob moving from management to Lean coaching was learning the skills of “leading without power”. Lean consultants work solely through influencing others, which contrasts to the inherent position power that comes with line management roles. Learning to “lead without power” was initially a challenge, but it is now a strength for Rob.

It has given him the confidence to transform businesses to achieve big and lasting results using Lean. Robert has developed his own highly effective style of consulting and his confidence is evident in the way that he speaks about his time with TXM.  “The relationship with customers” says Robert, “is the key to success. This enables customers faced with major change to believe that they ‘can do it’. There is a lot of project management involved along with communicating to customers how improvements can be made in a way that makes sense for them and their business”.

Rob’s time in aerospace provided him with a good background. Aerospace companies were early adopters in the 1980s of streamlining processes, integration, adopting digital systems and using software. All of this proved applicable to the smaller businesses that were the staple of Rob’s earlier consulting work at TXM. Changing from a full-time employee of a big corporate organisation was a transitional time for Robert as he joined TXM, but he adapted into the consultancy role and it has been a good fit for his skills and abilities.

Rob’s First Project: Ronson Gears

 

Rob’s first project with TXM was with Melbourne based precision engineering company, Ronson Gears. The project was so successful that it went on to win the “Enterprise Connect Best Project” award at the 2013 Endeavour Awards. After that Rob has become an expert in applying lean in metal manufacturing. However, his experience has gone well beyond that industry to companies in food, agriculture, wood products, modular building, packaging, chemicals, distribution, warehousing, printing and equipment hire industries to just name a few.

Robert likes the variety of work, the travel and the different locations and countries that he has worked in. At Kingston Estate Wines Rob worked in a remote part of South Australia to coach the team there to use 5S to reduce overprocessing and double handling that was doubling costs.

Highlights from 10 Years with TXM

A major highlight for Rob has been his role in the Victorian Regional Manufacturing Clusters program. TXM partnered with Ai Group who were contracted to deliver coaching support to 100 regional Victorian business. This two-year project saw Robert working with 30 different small and medium sized businesses in Shepparton, Bendigo, Horsham and Echuca.  Rob enjoyed travelling the State and getting to know the businesses and the people running them. The small workshops focused on introduction to lean, improving their business performance using TXM methodology and building Lean foundations such as 5S.

Going to the UK on a work trip was another highlight but getting there was a long haul and knowingly driving past the Stone Hedge but not being able to see it from the road was a disappointment.

Robert is a keen cyclist and working in regional Victoria has given him an opportunity to spend hours exploring the area on his mountain bike. He packs his mountain bike on every regional and country trip. There was a job in Tasmania this year that he was looking forward to taking his bike on, but it didn’t eventuate due to Covid-19.  The lockdown time saw Robert learning how to sew face masks which then inspired him to take up quilting using the sewing machine. He is enjoying using the sewing machine which he says is quite a mechanical process.

During the lockdown Robert has had a leading role as TXM has innovated and adapted to using digital tools such as Zoom and the Miro “digital white board” to keep working with customers. This has enabled Rob to produce good project outcomes without going to sites.

What pleases Robert is that all of the jobs that he has worked on have led to businesses being happy with the results achieved. This has often meant savings for the companies which continue even after 5 years says Robert. “Sometimes you get more connected to a business that you are working on but there are limitations as you may only have a few days per month in a business. So, the challenge is to empower the business to take on the tasks and make the change themselves rather than doing it for them”, says Robert. “Sometimes you are adapting and flying with the business. Some companies like rules and some don’t but Lean is about setting and improving standards. Therefore, you need to be flexible in coaching the business to achieve their goals but still staying true to the Lean principles” Robert explains.

Always Helping TXM Stay Relevant to Our Customers

Over his 10 years with TXM, Robert has seen the development of TXM Lean material and methodologies grow to form effective tools to be used on the job. TXM has ventured into new fields such as agriculture, food and warehousing which are now staple customers.

Robert has also enjoyed working on bigger projects which have included other consultants. “You often don’t get a chance to work with your colleagues given the nature of consulting”, says Robert. He also appreciates the support that he has received through TXM’s ongoing professional development for consultants. This ranges from regular phone calls to review progress on his consulting work to consultant “in service” days where consultants from around the country get together to share their experiences and discuss common challenges. Rob finds this learning and sharing highly beneficial.

TXM Managing Director sums up Rob’s decade of experience by saying “Rob epitomises TXM values. He is highly professional and highly skilled, but also passionate about making lasting improvement for his customers. He is a Lean enthusiast that clearly enjoys what he does. He is constantly open to new ideas, innovative approaches and refining his consulting practice. We have really enjoyed working with Rob over the past 10 years and look forward to working with him to deliver success for TXM customers long into the future”.