Get a Free TXM Book at AMW 2022


We’re back exhibiting in Sydney, Australia at Australian Manufacturing Week 2022.

This will be out first Sydney exhibition since July 2019 in Australia, it’s great to be back! Meeting with Australia’s Premier Manufacturers.

TXM Lean Solutions will be advising customers on how to make the most of their current and potential investments in packaging machinery as well as advising on layout development, Supply Chain Management, continuous improvement and the latest in Lean thinking.

Come down to the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney between 7 – 10 June and visit TXM Lean Solutions at Stand MS86, mention this article and claim your choice of book.

Attend Australian Manufacturing Week for FREE! Make sure you come see us at booth MS86 to collect a copy of Tim McLean’s book ‘Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises’ or ‘On Time, In Full’


Get a Free TXM Book at AUSPACK 2022

We’re back exhibiting in Melbourne, Australia at AUSPACK 2022.

This will be out first exhibition since July 2019 in Australia, it’s great to be back! Meeting with Australia’s Premier Food, Beverage and Packaging Manufacturers. TXM will be at the show listening to the key note speakers and meeting with likeminded professionals.

TXM Lean Solutions will be advising customers on how to make the most of their current and potential investments in packaging machinery as well as advising on layout development, Supply Chain Management, continuous improvement and the latest in Lean thinking.

Come down to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre between 17 – 20 May and visit TXM Lean Solutions at Stand C254, mention this article and claim your choice of book.

Attend AUSPACK2022 Exhibition for FREE! Make sure you come see us at booth C254 to collect a copy of Tim McLean’s book ‘Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises’ or ‘On Time, In Full’


Introducing TXM Multifunction Visual Management Boards

An example of the large visual management board with customised logo and department name ready for use in manufacturing and office settings.

TXM is famous for our expertise in Visual Workplace Management delivered through our highly effective Lean Daily Leadership Process®. Now we can offer the hardware to back this up with three new customisable visual management boards launched on the TXM E-Store this month.

These new board designs have been developed with customer input to create an effective visual system to improve work place processes. The E-store now offers a 5S System Board, a Large Visual Management Board and a Small Visual Management Board. The boards are designed to enable teams to communicate the status of their area quickly and clearly. They will help communicate problems and solutions for all to see during meetings making them more efficient and effective. Anthony Clyne, TXM Director has been instrumental in developing these visual boards

5S System Board

An example of a 5S System Board customisable to any department in manufacturing or office settings.

“This board is used to visualise the system of 5S within an area and defines who owns what area” says Anthony. TXM Practical 5S® workplace organisation is a simple, practical approach delivering sustainability by sorting out, setting in order, shining and checking, standardising and sustaining. Practical 5S® uses visuals to achieve its goal of a standardised system used by every stakeholder in the business. The new Practical 5S® board can be used to display before and after improvements areas as well as 5S issues and audit performance. “It is based on individual ownership and is often used to display one area at a time” says Anthony. “The 5S board is a key part of a sustainable Practical 5S® system” says Anthony

Visual Management Board for Lean Daily Leadership Process®

These new boards comes in two sizes. “These board designs been developed following years of hands on client experience”, explains Anthony.

The steel visual management boards allows magnets to stick and a eraser ball film is laminated over the board so it can be written on with white board markers. This board can be attached onto a wall or can be used with a free standing frame.

“Visual management boards enable quicker, more productive meetings by providing teams with the information they need in simple, easy to understand format that everyone can see. Visual boards can be integrated alongside with electronic screens. The manual white boards providing a provide a simple quick meeting forum while the electronic board can manage the task completion as well as detailed data analysis outside the lean daily leadership process” says Anthony .

“This board maintains the personal engagement element of a meeting. It enables people to agree on actions without hesitations, eye contact is maintained during whiteboard meetings while electronic based meetings tend to have people looking at screens. Magnetic concern strips adhere to these boards and can be easily updated by many people at the same time during a meeting” says. Anthony

How to Identify If Your Visual Management Board Really Works?

A Visual Management Board should contain three elements: standards, problems, and actions.

  • Standard: In Lean, we set target performance as the standard, rather than average performance. The standards should be clearly indicated on the board, which tells how things should be if everything is perfect.
  • Problem: What is the problem? Problem is the deviation from standard, either actual performance (e.g. lower than target), or the standard itself (improper target); One operations manager in an ice-cream factory told me that there’s no need for improvement as their efficiency is more than 120% every day. After my observations they had twice the number of operators than was needed on the production line.
  • Actions: Countermeasures to a problem should be taken when there’s a problem. A Visual Management Board without action is definitely just a show board. How effectively the problems are addressed, and the actions are carried out, represents how efficient your organisation is.

“All these elements help the user to understand what’s actually going on in the work area. Only by making the things visible, it is possible to identify the deviations (problems) and quickly address and solve them”, says Justin Tao, TXM Senior Consultant.

What Does a Good Visual Management Board Look Like?

“At TXM, we believe that a good Visual Management Board should match the 31-second rule” says Justin:

  • In 1 second, it can tell us if it’s normal (everything is fine in the work area), according to the standards (target or plan); The work area should “talk” to you in simple terms. Usually, companies use green to represent good status (e.g. hit the target, on time), and use red to represent problem status (e.g. lower than the target, delayed);
  • In 10 seconds, it tells us what the problem is if it’s not normal.
    At TXM, we use magnetic concern strips to record and manage problems.;
  • In 20 seconds, it tells us what action is to be taken, who is responsible for this and what support is needed. Problems without actions, or actions without checks, are a waste to have on the board!

A Visual Management Board will help communicate between users and viewers and make the Lean Daily Leadership Process more efficient and effective.

To learn more about the new TXM range of Practical 5S® and Lean Daily Leadership Process® visual boards and to purchase one for yourself, visit our E-store.

Adept Supply Chain Specialist Brings Wealth of International Knowledge to our Queensland Team

Kelly Pierce Joins TXM with a wealth of international knowledge and coaching experience.

TXM Lean Solutions Australia are happy to announce the appointment of a highly experienced coach and educator joining our team in Brisbane, Queensland. Kelly Pierce brings a wealth of knowledge from international supply chains.

Kelly Pierce joins TXM Lean Solutions Australia with over 12 years’ experience working for international warehousing and logistics companies across the United States, Europe and most recently Australia.

Originally from Washington D.C., Kelly went to Auburn University in Alabama to study International Business, focusing on Supply Chain Management and Spanish. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science & Business Administration, she worked with one of the world’s largest logistics and warehousing solution providers, CEVA Logistics, where she held a variety of roles across the supply chain.

Whilst at CEVA Logistics she delivered Lean theory training in 9 countries, in English and Spanish to warehousing & transport businesses ranging from telecommunications, food & beverage, medical devices, mining equipment and automotive industries.

Since moving to Australia, Kelly has worked as a continuous improvement specialist and project manager for Toll Logistics and Primo Foods driving business improvements focusing on better efficiency and more streamlined processes throughout the supply chain. Kelly was the master-mind behind the Primo Project Management Methodology which is a driving factor of Primo Small Goods success.

Kelly is based out of Brisbane and joins our growing team of highly experienced Senior Consultants in the Brisbane Metro Area.

Experienced International Supply Chain Expert Joins TXM New Zealand

Peter Sutcliffe joins TXM with over 30 years’ of supply chain management experience.

TXM New Zealand are happy to announce the appointment of a highly experienced & knowledgeable supply chain expert to the team. Peter Sutcliffe joins TXM Lean Solutions New Zealand with over 30 years’ experience in FMCG manufacturing, spending the last 20 years as a Supply Chain Manager & Consultant across the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Originally from Derby, United Kingdom. Peter studied PhD level Analytical Chemistry at the University of Manchester where he worked across multiple FMCG supply chains. Since moving to New Zealand Peter has primarily worked as a senior supply chain professional and consultant.

Peter has worked with some of the UK & NZ’s largest food suppliers including Countdown Supermarkets, Villa Maria Estate, Griffins Foods, Delmaine Fine Foods, Tasti Products and Packaging Giant Amcor. He has extensive knowledge of supply chain management and continuous improvement, applying his knowledge as a supply chain professional across the FMCG & Packaging industries.

Peter has the ability to consult on supply chain issues and has extensive experience implementing continuous improvement in varied supply chain environments. Contact TXM Lean Solutions New Zealand for more information.


TXM Lean Solutions Welcomes Experienced Commercial Manager to Oversee Growing Business

TXM has grown steadily over the past two years despite the pandemic, numerous lockdowns in our markets of operation and supply chain disruptions across the globe. It has been a huge team effort from our full-time staff and consulting team to continue to provide Lean consulting in these unique and challenging times.

TXM would like to welcome Timothy Lakeman to the TXM Head Office in Melbourne, Australia as our Commercial Manager. Timothy joins us with over 20 years’ experience working in small & medium size enterprises throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and India in a variety of industries including Media, Construction, Manufacturing and Technology.

Timothy’s international experience will allow TXM to grow in our markets of operation and help us setup in future locations. Timothy can draw on his in-depth financial understanding from being an experienced Chartered Accountant & qualified Master of Business Administration.

Timothy’s passion for business stems from having observed his entrepreneurial father in many businesses over several decades. This fuelled his commitment to ensure all businesses that he works with have a thriving business.

Outside of TXM Timothy also enjoys coaching junior basketball at domestic and representative level. He also loves experiencing new cultures and ways of life when travelling with his wife and two children.

TXM Senior Lean Consultant Brent Johnstone Achieves 7 Year Milestone

Our team in Australia consists of 11 Senior Lean Consultants across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia with the ability to service South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. The majority of the team have been with us for 5 or more years is no small achievement and is testimate to the way we live and breathe Lean into everything we do at TXM and respect for our people is a major part of our DNA.

Brent Johnstone joined TXM with over 30-year manufacturing experience, starting as a cadet engineer with Aerospace manufacturer, Hawker DeHavilland (now Boeing Aerostructures Australia). Brent completed trade and professional qualifications in Mechanical Engineering as well as being trained by Japanese Lean specialists at Boeing in Sydney, where Brent was Lean Transformation Manager. Brent also held a wide range of senior operational and design leadership roles.

Since joining TXM Brent has worked with major clients including Rode Microphones, GME, SG Gaming and EBOS-Symbion. He has also worked on many small and large projects across New South Wales. He has helped grow TXM in NSW and we are glad to have someone with his skill set and expertise on the TXM Team.

TXM Lean Solutions and the whole world wide team would like to congratulate Brent on 7 exemplary years with TXM and here is to 7 more.



Justin Tao Achieves 10 Year Milestone with TXM Lean Solutions

August 2021 sees Brisbane-based TXM Senior Consultant, Justin Tao clock up 10 years with the TXM team.

Justin has seen many changes at TXM Lean Solutions in his 10 years with the company. Justin started work as a consultant at TXM in China working closely with Tim McLean, TXM Managing Director. After one year in the role Justin rose to become the Consulting Director for TXM in China as the business grew in this part of the region. In this role, Justin was responsible for sales, coaching consultants and developing the Chinese office team.

In China, Justin had the privilege of working with many iconic global companies in implementing Lean programs, including DMG Mori, Saint Gobain, Sony, Philips, AstraZeneca, Beckers, Sandvik,  and Festo. His successfully Lean case in Sony was collected in Learning to See and Lean Practices in China II. Justin also translated some Lean masterpieces into Chinese, including the Machine that Changed World, Lean Solutions and Getting the Right Things Done.

In December 2013, Justin came to Australia and for a few weeks travelled around Australia. “The blue skies, fresh air, spacious houses and cozy lifetyle are important to me. This is all part of the good life here” says Justin.

In 2015 Justin came to Australia with sponsorship from TXM.  Justin started working on improving TXM consulting material and standardising it to become known as the TXM Pathway. He has worked on many projects in Australia, but the one that stands out is his work with Olam Edible Nuts where he established a Lean maintenance structure across the whole of the organisation leading to operational efficiency and greater output of its nut production.

In 2019 Justin received his Australian citizenship and joined the land of the “free living”. Justin likes the feeling of having a “free mindset”, “ where everyone can live their own life in Australia and enjoy life”.

Travelling and adventures are Justin’s passions, his dream is to visit 100 countries in his life time. He has already been to 40 countries so far. He enjoys the travelling experience and seeing the world with his own eyes and body, not experiencing it through the news or social media.

Justin remains grateful to TXM as he says “It is like a family to him and it has changed his life, giving him a more positive and balanced life”.

Justin likes exploring Australia too, hiking and camping in the national parks of every state of Australia

As TXM go from strength to strength growing across Australia, Europe, the UK and the Americas, alongside international economies roaring back into the black we are happy to announce the appointment of a new Senior Lean Consultant. Thomas Gieloff joins us in Queensland, Australia with over 20 years experience.

Thomas Gieloff – Senior Lean Consultant – Queensland, Australia

Thomas is a qualified mechanical engineer gaining his qualifications at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Thomas has over 20 years experience working in German Automotive and Australian heavy industry manufacturing.

He is a manufacturing specialist with broad experience in business process development, coaching cross functional teams as well as planning, development and implementation of complex Lean systems in complex environments.

While in living in Germany, Thomas worked with CNH Industrial (a major player in the german automotive industry) and Hettich Group (one of the world’s largest furniture fittings manufacturers). Since moving to Australia he has worked as a Lean Consultant and National Operations Excellence Leader for Komatsu Mining Corporation.

Thomas is available to consult across Queensland, Australia.

Welcome to the team Thomas!

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