Melbourne, Australia – TXM Lean Solutions is participating at APPEX 2024, Australia’s premier trade show dedicated to the packaging industries. Taking place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from March 12-15, 2024, this event promises to bring together industry leaders and professionals.

As global pioneers in enhancing operational performance for Small and Medium-Sized manufacturers, TXM Lean Solutions has successfully collaborated with over 500 growing manufacturers across 23 countries. Our expertise lies in the application of Lean thinking and process improvement methodologies, resulting in enhanced productivity, waste reduction, improved customer service, increased flexibility, and optimised factory layouts.

TXM Lean Solutions is particularly adept at raising operational performance within the Food and Beverage sector. Over the past decade, we have diligently collaborated with numerous Food & Beverage manufacturers spanning Australia, the UK, Europe, and North America. Our proven track record includes significant achievements such as cost and lead time reductions, alongside improvements in quality and delivery standards.

We look forward to showcasing our industry-leading solutions at APPEX 2024 and engaging with fellow professionals to discuss how TXM Lean Solutions can contribute to the success and efficiency of your manufacturing operations.

Following the Operational Excellence Recipe to Success with TXM

Poppy’s Chocolate is a Queensland chocolatier, specialising in delicious chocolates and confections. Established with a passion for indulgent treats, Poppy’s Chocolate has become synonymous with high-quality ingredients, artisanal craftsmanship, and a dedication to creating delectable flavour experiences.

A comprehensive one-year strategy was devised to address the challenges identified during the initial project scoping phase. The project was divided into two phases: the discovery phase, which involved creating an action plan to be executed by the Poppy’s team, and the transformational phase, focusing on implementing an optimised operational model and sustaining the achieved improvements through ongoing coaching and support.

Poppy’s Chocolate Owner Lynda Pedder said “We’re not wasting as much time. We have a lot less staff, I feel happier, and it’s a great system we’ve implemented with the supermarket and Kanban system. It’s been amazing, because I was in the process of looking at a lot of software solutions and MRP systems, because I like software to solve problems. But we didn’t do that based on, TXM’s advice and I am so happy that we didn’t. This system is very simple and intuitive.”

Attending the APPEX Exhibition is FREE! Make sure to register for the show and drop by stand D210.

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

TXM Training: ISO 18404 Lean Practitioner Course 2024

ISO 18404 Participants receiving their Lean Practitioner certification
The team at APT recently completed the ISO 18404 Lean Practitioner Course receiving their accreditation in 2023

TXM Training ISO 18404 Lean Practitioner is back in 2024. We will be running the course between May and August 2024 over 12 weeks with Lean Expert Luciano Peloche. He will guide you through the course and provide assessment and feedback of your Lean projects.

Our program is internationally recognised & accredited by global auditing body, Exemplar Global. Giving you peace of mind that your course meets international standards. You will receive certification and your achievement will be recorded in the Exemplar Global database so you can verify your qualification at any time in the future.

TXM is one of only a handful of providers worldwide who can coach and accredit your personnel as Lean Practitioners against the competencies outlined in the ISO 18404 standard.

Cut costs, boost productivity, and inspire teams within your organisation. Effective skills development is the key to establishing and sustaining operational excellence in your organisation.

Online Course 2024 Details

The ISO18404 Lean Practitioner Course is designed for your current and emerging business leaders. The programme equips operational leaders with practical skills and knowledge, enabling them to drive performance in their organisations.

Each module is a balance between theory and project work to have you walking in the footsteps of a Lean Practitioner. Each of the four modules is delivered in 12 x 2 hour online sessions with your TXM Lean Expert Instructor Luciano Peloche.

  • Delivery12 x 2 hour online sessions
  • Structure – 4 modules each with a balance between theory and project work with a Lean Project Final Assessment
  • Dates – May to August
  • PriceFull Price: $4990 + GST Early Bird Price: $4490 + GST – USE ‘EARLYBIRD10OFF’ at the checkout to apply the discount before April 30th
  • How To – Sign up via link below
  • Questions[email protected]

Course Details and Sign Up

The sessions will commence on Monday the 13th of May 2024 3pm – 5pm

  • 13/05/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 1 Session 1
  • 20/05/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 1 Session 2
  • 27/05/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 1 Session 3
  • 03/06/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 2 Session 1
  • 17/06/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 2 Session 2
  • 01/07/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 2 Session 3
  • 22/07/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 3 Session 1
  • 29/07/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 3 Session 2
  • 05/08/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 3 Session 3
  • 12/08/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 4 Session 1
  • 19/08/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 4 Session 2
  • 26/08/2024 3:00 pm   –   5:00 pm – Module 4 Session 3

Online Delivery – Lean Practitioner

Spaces are limited, book today to secure your spot! USE ‘EARLYBIRD10OFF’ at the checkout to apply the discount before April 30th


Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

Brisbane – Sponsored by the Queensland Government’s Manufacturing Hubs, TXM Lean Solutions facilitated a series of Lean Manufacturing Workshops across Regional Queensland.

These interactive two-day workshops were developed based on industry feedback and TXM’s extensive experience driving growth in Small and Medium Size Enterprises in over 30 countries. They have demonstrated to be highly effective in empowering business owners with the knowledge and skills to improve the outcomes for their businesses.

A group of people watching a presentation about business optimisation.
TXM Lean Expert Luciano explaining the 8 wastes to the Lean Manufacturing Workshop on day one.

Two-Day Tailored Lean Workshop

On the first day, participants gain insight into the untapped potential within their businesses and learn actionable steps for immediate and lasting performance improvement. Day two further enhances this understanding by exploring organisational cultural maturity, identifying barriers to change, and addressing resistance. These insights offer leaders a valuable framework for taking ownership and guiding their teams effectively.

The techniques learnt at these workshops can have lasting results for participants providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge to get started and implement Lean thinking in their businesses.

“The TXM Lean Manufacturing Workshop was a game changer for us. It highlighted simple effective lean tools to use on the factory floor to increase throughput, decrease lead time & improve our organisational processes. The presenter actively linked the lessons directly to our business, which ensured an understanding of what was needed to implement the tools. Every business should attend this course” Wayne Willis – Managing Director – Hodge Industries

TXM Lean Solutions is committed to assisting businesses by coaching them to minimise excess inventory to reduce carrying costs. We focus on streamlining processes to enhance the efficiency of delivering products or services, optimising workflows by eliminating non-value-added activities. Additionally, we prioritise identifying and addressing the root causes of defects instead of merely fixing the symptoms. Our approach aims to contribute to a smaller environmental footprint by minimising unnecessary consumption of materials and energy. Contact Us to find out more.

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

TXM Lean Solutions Exhibiting at PPMA 2023

PPMA 2023

TXM Lean Solutions is pleased to announce taking part at PPMA 2023 United Kingdom’s premier event for Processing equipment, Packaging machinery, Industrial robots, and machine vision systems. PPMA will be held at the NEC Exhibition Centre, Birmingham between 26-28 September 2023. Find us at stand H80 near the VIP Lounge.

TXM Lean Solutions are world leaders in improving operational performance in Small and Medium Sized manufacturers. We have assisted almost 1000 growing manufacturers in 30 countries apply Lean thinking and other improvement approaches to increase productivity, reduce waste, improve customer service, increase flexibility, and reorganise their factory layouts.

We specialise in enhancing operational performance, having collaborated with hundreds of manufacturers across Australia, the UK, Europe, and North America over the last decade. Our expertise lies in significantly reducing costs and lead times, all while elevating quality and delivery standards.

UK Business Manager, Lester Troughton said “We have had some great success with manufacturers in the UK and globally. This includes slashing manufacturing lead times by more than 75%, increasing productivity by over 30% and doubling throughput. It therefore made sense that we come to PPMA and provide a wider cross section of the UK Packaging industry with the chance to learn about our unique approach.”

Tasting the Success of Operational Excellence

Poppy’s Chocolate is an artisan chocolatier, specialising in crafting exquisite chocolates and confections. Established with a passion for indulgent treats, Poppy’s Chocolate has become synonymous with high-quality ingredients, artisanal craftsmanship, and a dedication to creating delectable flavour experiences.

The transformation at Poppy’s Chocolate is nothing short of amazing. Through Justin’s coaching and system support, Lynda and her team are now able to reliably fill orders quicker, more accurately and with less resources. Some of the tangible impact included:

  • Achieved increased operational efficiency enabling a reduction in the number of operators from 11 to 5.
  • Improved capacity to meet client orders during peak periods such as Christmas and Easter holidays.
  • Implemented visual management schedules and standardised work processes, resulting in enhanced system comprehension and usability.
  • Implemented production leveling and supermarket practices to effectively manage inventory, mitigating issues related to stock-outs and overstocking.
  • Leveraged the visual management system and implemented Lean daily meetings to significantly enhance team performance.

Attending the PPMA Exhibition is FREE! Make sure you come past stand H80 for your chance to collect a copy of Tim McLean’s book ‘Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises’ Come see us at stand H80 and mention this article to claim a free copy.

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

Modern Manufacturing - Smart Manufacturing Conference

Join TXM Lean Solutions at the Modern Manufacturing Expo 2023

TXM Lean Solutions is pleased to announce taking part at Modern Manufacturing Expo 2023. The Modern Manufacturing Expo will highlight the leading-edge products, equipment, technologies, and software to help Australian Manufacturers to take advantage of new and emerging trends. Modern Manufacturing Expo will be held at the Sydney Showground between 20-21 September 2023.

In addition to exhibiting, Managing Director Tim McLean will be providing expert knowledge and insights into the role of technology to increase manufacturing performance. He will be presenting at the Smart Manufacturing Conference alongside Armando Lecaros, Operations Director of GME Limited on Wednesday September 20.

Tim and Armando will be presenting the topic “Transforming Manufacturing Performance at GME with Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0”.

TXM and GME have worked together over the past five years to transform the manufacturing process and improve competitiveness. This first involved moving from batch production to Lean flow production, radically reducing factory footprint and production lead times. Then the process was automated applying Industry 4.0 technologies in a Lean production framework. The results have been spectacular and provide a template for how Lean and Industry 4.0 can be combined to deliver a transformation in manufacturing performance.

On Thursday, September 21, Tim is scheduled to deliver a presentation titled “Eight Ways to Achieve More with Less.” During this session, he will delve into the core concept of the Eight Wastes. Tim will unveil practical, straightforward approaches to identify and eliminate these wastes, empowering attendees to immediately optimise their operations without necessitating any upfront investments. The overarching goal is to maximise efficiency and output while minimising waste, aligning perfectly with the ethos of Lean manufacturing principles.

TXM Managing Director Tim McLean said “Modern Manufacturing Expo and the Smart Conference are a great opportunity for manufacturers to get up to date with changes in our industry. At TXM we are looking forward to meeting ambitious business leaders who are looking for new ways to grow their businesses and increase returns. We think we have some innovative solutions to make this happen.”

Attending the Modern Manufacturing Expo is free, and you can claim a discount for the Smart Manufacturing Conference with code SMC23TM. Come see us at stand L12.

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

TXM Exhibiting at FoodPro 2023

We are happy to announce our participation in the FoodPro 2023 exhibition, this will be our first food and beverage show since 2019. FoodPro 2023 is this years prominent food and beverage exhibition, gathering food producers, manufacturers, and distributors to showcase the cutting edge developments in food and beverage. Food & Beverage manufacturing is the largest sub-sector of manufacturing in Australia in terms of both sales at $81.5 billion and employment at 246,800 people.

Visit Us at Booth F21

At TXM we pride ourselves on our global experience and local knowledge, with a widespread presence across the Australia and internationally.

We have successfully partnered with some of Australia’s largest food manufacturers like Ferguson Plarre, Harvest Moon, and Pattie’s Foods to achieve remarkable results. Through our expertise, we have effectively reduced waste, enhanced productivity, improved customer service, increased flexibility, minimised downtime, and optimised production layouts.

Our approach has proven particularly successful within the food manufacturing sector, where we have achieved remarkable outcomes. We have boosted productivity by over 35% and reduced lead time by more than 50%, demonstrating the effectiveness of our unique delivery & results.

FoodPro 2023 will run from Sunday 23 July to Wednesday 26 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, be sure to visit us at booth F21.

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

TXM Welcome Experienced Business Improvment Practitioner to the WA Team

Here at TXM we are always looking to expand and grow our business around the world and Australia is no different. We are happy to announce the appointment of Jeremy Wylie as a Senior Consultant in Western Australia. Western Australia has a growing manufacturing base with some of Australia’s largest manufacturers based on the West Coast supplying into the mining and agriculture industries.

Experienced Professional Joins the WA Team

Senior Consultant Jerry WylieBased in Perth, WA, Jeremy enjoyed a long Naval career in electrical/mechanical engineering. Since entering the private sector, he has worked for over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing, mining, and food & beverage industries.

Jeremy has worked with some of Australia’s largest brewers including Swan Brewery, Lion and James Boag & Son Brewery. At his time in these businesses, he has excelled at roles in Production & Project Management, Supply Chain Leadership, and is an accomplished consultant, coach, and mentor.

Jeremy’s passion for continuous improvement has led to proven success in large and small supply chain optimisation projects and manufacturing improvement projects, delivering significant OEE uplift, set up time reduction (SMED) and deployment of lean operating system methodologies, visual management, teamwork, leader standard work, practical problem solving and 5S.

Jeremy obtained his MBA in 2017 and holds a Cert IV in Competitive Systems and Practices, a Green Belt Lean six sigma and became a master trainer for CCI TRACC lean methodology in 2016. Jerry loves coaching but equally enjoys the hands-on approach to leading, demonstrating and helping people develop the ideal behaviours to deliver and sustain amazing results.

Jeremy joins a growing WA team with experienced consultant Greg Kuszewski and State Manager Tom Burdett. If you are a WA based manufacturer and need assistance from TXM contact Tom Burdett on +61 438 956 533


Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

AuManufacturing is looking for Australia’s Most Innovative Manufacturers

Australia’s manufacturing sector remains an important contributor to the economy, particularly in areas such as food and beverage production, pharmaceuticals, and advanced manufacturing, including aerospace and defence.

The manufacturing sector contributes around 6.8% of GDP and employs approximately 869,000 people. In financial year 2020-21, the total value of manufacturing sales was $392.7 billion, a 4.8% increase from the previous year. Food & Beverage manufacturing was the largest sub-sector of manufacturing in terms of both sales $81.5 billion and employment 246,800 people.

The changing landscape of manufacturing over the past 20 years has seen manufacturers embracing the challenge, creating unique and innovative processes to compete in the global economy.

Australia produces some world leading products including ACNA CNC Machines, Branach Ladders, ARB 4×4 Accessories, Austal Ships, GME Radios and EPIRBS, and Rode Microphones.

AuManufacturing are one of Australia’s leading sources of news and current events within the manufacturing sector. In conjunction with MYOB, SMC Corporation and Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions, AuManufacturing recently started the 50 most innovative manufacturers in Australia Awards.

The awards are looking for businesses with innovative manufacturing processes and products and asking three important questions.

  • Who are the most innovative manufacturers in Australia?
  • What are their secrets?
  • What can we all learn from them?

Be on the lookout for insights from the series’ top innovators through regular podcasts and written profiles with a final report on the findings from the awards. Contact Aumanufacturing if you have any questions about this series, which will conclude with a breakfast event in Melbourne during the week of July 3.

Nominations close 5pm May 26, apply via Aumanufacturing

Australia’s 50 Most Innovative Manufacturers is a new campaign by @AuManufacturing. It has been made possible by the generous support of  MYOB, SMC Corporation Australia, and Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions.

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

TXM Lean Solutions Expands into the Caribbean with Workshop Series


TXM Lean Solutions Expands into the Caribbean with Workshop Series

TXM Lean Solutions is excited to announce Ron Spiteri is travelling to Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica (as well as a follow-on visit to New York, USA and Toronto, Canada) in support of local manufacturers and distributors, commencing with a Lean Manufacturing Workshop and numerous site visits. The workshops have been run around the world with great success and provide tangible impact to participating businesses. TXM Lean Solutions specializes in helping businesses implement Lean principles to improve their operations and increase profitability.

Manufacturing in the Caribbean can be traced back to when European powers established sugar plantations and other agricultural enterprises in the region. Today, the Caribbean is more diversified and includes a range of industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and electronics.

TXM Uniquely Positioned to Help Caribbean Manufacturers

Ron SpiteriOne advantage of manufacturing in the Caribbean is the availability of a skilled and flexible workforce. Many Caribbean countries have well-educated and highly skilled workers able to produce high-quality goods at a competitive price. Additionally, the region’s geographic location makes it an attractive destination for companies looking to serve the North American and Latin American markets.

Manufacturing in the Caribbean also comes with a unique set of challenges with supply chains spread across large areas and the high cost of energy tied to global oil prices. This can make it difficult for manufacturers to remain competitive, particularly in industries with high energy requirements. Another challenge is the limited availability of raw materials and infrastructure in some parts of the region. This can make it difficult for manufacturers to source the inputs they need to produce their products and can also lead to higher transportation costs.

By offering workshops and support in the Caribbean and Toronto, TXM are providing businesses in the region with an opportunity to learn about Lean Thinking and how it can benefit their operations. Furthermore, utilizing TXM’s unique experience and knowhow, these businesses will be provided insights into the challenges faced while implementing sustainable change and techniques to overcome these challenges.

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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

TXM Lean Solutions UK Welcomes Gary Duncan as Senior Lean Consultant

Gary Duncan
Gary Duncan joins TXM Lean Solutions with over 25 years experience across manufacturing and consulting in the UK.

At TXM we pride ourselves on having an experienced team with the knowledge to solve complex problems and manufacturing issues day-to-day for our clients. We have a proven track record of helping businesses across the UK to improve processes, increase efficiency and supercharge their operations. TXM are happy to announce the appointment of Gary Duncan to the UK team.

Gary Duncan joins TXM with over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing and consulting across the United Kingdom. Gary has been a successful change manager across the Automotive, Aerospace & Defence, Media, and Renewables sectors.

Gary has spent much of his career as an Operations Manager and Operational Excellence expert creating sustainable cultural change through coaching and knowledge sharing.

Highly Experienced Consultant Joins UK Team

Working at some of Britain’s largest manufacturers Gary has overseen 24-hour manufacturing operations in the automotive industry looking after daily operations and site improvements including all operational functions for the business.

Gary is also an experienced consultant delivering improvement programmes across multi-site & client base. Leading a cross functional team of process experts to deliver a high impact business transformation programme in the Aerospace, Defence & Renewables sectors, managing a multi-client portfolio to deliver operational and business leadership improvement.

He is a knowledgeable leadership coach helping organisations and their people to transform their businesses. Gary has delivered Senior Operational Leadership coaching programmes focusing on Leadership Skills and personal development at several companies throughout his career.

Gary has extensive experience creating, maintaining, and improving businesses across the UK. He is based near Glasgow, Scotland and is available to transform your business. Call Lester Troughton on +44 7842 510 188 to chat about how Gary can improve your business today!

Timothy McLean

Author: Timothy McLean

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