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 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!
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.
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
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
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”.
Tim McLean Presenting on Industry 4.0 & Onshoring Your Manufacturing
TXM Lean Solutions Managing Director Tim McLean will be presenting two webinars for the Aus Industry Entrepreneurs’ Programme and Ai Group.
Please note, this is a free Interactive Online Format series presented by TXM & hosted by the Aus Industry Entrepreneurs’ Programme and Ai Group.
Special Offer: TXM Clients Able to Join Best Practice Network Sessions
The Best Practice Network is one of Australia’s premier Business Networks catering to busineses in Australia and New Zealand. A membership to the network allows member organisations to attend a wide range of events and learn new ways of doing things from professionals from other industries.
Currently due to Coronavirus Best Practice Network are running a number of webinars and have invited TXM clients and non-clients to join these sessions. There are a limited number of places available so be sure to let us know which events you would like to attend.
They are known for providing high quality events for their members and the October sessions are no different with experts from their fields presenting on Lean Accounting, Supply Chain, Quality, Lean Problem Solving and an International Business Leaders Forum with Ricki Herbert & Cheryl Jekiel.
These sessions are not only great for learning new skills and ideas you can take back to your own business but also a great place to network with like minded professionals. Below are a list of the upcoming sessions you can join in on.
Best Practice Network October Sessions
Lean Accounting Webinar: Practicing Lean In Accounting
Tues 6 October 2020 Time: 11:00am (AEDT)
Presenter: Nick Katko, BMA The Lean Accounting Leaders Host: Kevin Bennett, QLD/NSW, Best Practice Network
BPN Member Price: $90 +GST TXM Client Price: $130 +GST Public Price: $180 +GST
Wed 21 October 2020 QLD: 4:00pm / NSW, VIC: 5:00pm / WA: 2:00pm Auckland, NZ: 7:00pm / London, UK: 7:00am Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: 1:00pm / Colomba, Sri Lanka: 11:30am
Host: Kevin Bennett, QLD/NSW Facilitator Presenters: Ricki Herbert, Founder and Managing Director, The Ricki Herbert Football Academy & Cheryl Jekiel, CEO, Lean Leadership Center
Best Practice Network Members: Receive places in accordance with their membership level Additional Member Places: $65 +GST TXM Clients & NAWO Members: 4 Free Places (first serve basis) Non Members: $90 +GST
After six months of disruption, the TXM team around the world are getting close to normal business as pandemic restrictions ease. Backed by our COVID-19 safety plan, our consultants are working with clients on site in most countries. As well our expertise in remote coaching is enabling us to keep projects going where on-site work is not possible.
In Australia, consultants are now delivering on site at all customers outside the remaining “COVID hot-spot” of Melbourne. In Melbourne, as infections fall we are looking forward to getting on-site consulting restarted if lock down restrictions ease as expected in late September. Interstate border restrictions are also impacting our customers.
However we are able to deliver services in Victoria, WA, NSW and Queensland with local TXM consultants, while our Melbourne team are effectively supporting customers in Tasmania and South Australia using remote coaching. In New Zealand, the recent brief lock down in Auckland is expected to end on Sunday and we expect delivery to get back to normal quickly then.
In the UK and France, our consultants are back on site and almost all customers are back to full operation. In North America, the more severe and lasting spread of infection and border restrictions between Canada and the US and between Canadian provinces is limiting the ability of our team to get to site. However as the situation, particularly in Canada improves, we hope to see the team out and about soon.
Despite the difficulties of the last few months, we have been impressed by the positive outlook of many of our customers. Many businesses, particularly in manufacturing, are busier than before the pandemic. Those that aren’t are seeing the current downturn as an opportunity to review their operations and make improvements to ensure that they come out of the recovery stronger than ever.
To find out how we can help your business recover faster and be more competitive than ever get in touch with TXM.
First of the TXM Webinar Series – Lean for Agriculture
Over the past 10 years TXM have worked with a range of businesses in the agricultural industry applying Lean Methodologies across all the usual agricultural processes including growing, harvesting, husbandry, processing, distribution and asset management.
We have an extensive knowledge of the horticulture, egg production, wine making and aquaculture industries from leading transformational changes in Australia, North America, France, China & the UK.
In the first of a series of webinars hosted by TXM, we will present the topic of Lean for Agriculture in webinar format with a question & answer session at the end.
Tim McLean will familiarise you to the key concepts of Lean and share practical ideas you can use, whilst introducing you to case studies of TXM projects that show the massive potential Lean Agriculture can unlock for your business.
Our webinar will give you ideas to help you address these issues and many other problems you might be facing in your business such as:
Increasing the productivity of your permanent and temporary labour
Improving your yields and reducing your product losses at critical times
Reducing your supply chain costs from paddock to the distribution centre
Meeting the demanding quality and delivery requirements of your corporate retailers
Tim grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand, before migrating to Australia and learning Lean thinking in manufacturing. Over the past decade Tim and the TXM team have leveraged this expertise into agriculture, working with some of Australia’s largest and most productive primary producers.
In the process TXM has developed world leading expertise in applying Lean Thinking to achieve breakthrough improvements in quality, yield and productivity in major agricultural businesses.