2017 promises to be a milestone year for TXM’s business networking venture, Best Practice Network. The network directors in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane already have over 60 events scheduled and national membership is already over 70 major companies.

In February alone the network has five major events including:

Attendees at the Best Practice Network Two Day Value Stream Mapping Workshop at Burra Foods in July 2016. This event was facilitated by TXM Consulting Director Anthony Clyne and Senior Consultant, Justin Tao. Members attended free of charge.
Attendees at the Best Practice Network Two Day Value Stream Mapping Workshop at Burra Foods in July 2016. This event was facilitated by TXM Consulting Director Anthony Clyne and Senior Consultant, Justin Tao. Members attended free of charge.

The summit is shaping up to be an outstanding event with over 100 confirmed attendees and presentations from some of Australia’s most respected Lean and Operational leaders.

All of these events, including the summit, are free to Best Practice Network members, who just pay a single annual membership that enables their company to attend any event in any state. Over 90% of members have signed up for a second or third year. Our recent member survey found that 98% of members would recommend Best Practice Network to a friend or colleague. Based on this, it is clear that Best Practice Network is delivering fantastic value for members.

Members also benefit from peer to peer connections, the ability to find answers to almost any business question from the Best Practice Network and TXM networks, a growing knowledge base on the Best Practice Network Website and the Best Practice Network LinkedIn Group, which is open to non-members as well.

TXM’s business networking venture, Best Practice Network

However there is much more to come. In 2017, following on the success of the visit by Cheryl Jekiel in 2016, we are currently planning to invite more international speakers to provide members with access to world leading thinking on Lean and Operational Excellence. We also have our first confirmed event in Western Australia at CSR Viridian on June 14th and will be announcing several more over the next few weeks. We expect to have a fully fledged network running in Perth by the end of 2017. Increasingly major companies such as Parmalat, CSR and Asahi Beverages are seeing the benefits of connecting to Best Practice Network nationally and so our WA network will further enhance our national offering.

Click This Link to Contact Best Practice Network and Learn How Your Business Can Benefit from Networking.

Auspack LogoTXM Lean Solutions is pleased to be taking part in AUSPACK 2017, Australia’s largest exhibition for the processing and packaging industry.

AUSPACK 2017 will be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park between 7 – 10 March and TXM will be at Stand 591

TXM Lean Solutions Exhibition Stand will showcase our considerable experience in implementing Lean in process manufacturing. This experience encompasses the food, beverage, chemicals, coatings, packaging and pharmaceutical sectors.

The stand will also provide an opportunity to highlight TXM’s business networking venture, Best Practice Network, to the FMCG and Packaging Industries. Leading companies like Murray Goulburn, Wrigley, AstraZeneca, Sugar Australia, and Ontex are already benefitting the unique learning and networking opportunities provided by Best Practice Network.

Tim McLean, Director, TXM Lean Solutions said that he is looking forward to exhibiting amongst innovative companies in the FMCG and packaging industries. He hopes to contribute TXM’s considerable manufacturing experience to assisting FMCG manufacturers to improve their operational performance through the application of Lean Manufacturing. TXM are Australia’s leading Lean Consultants with offices around Australia and globally. Apart from working with iconic Global and Australian companies,

TXM has assisted many small and medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) to increase productivity, reduce waste, improve customer service, increase flexibility and reorganise their factory layouts. “TXM’s unique approach with SMEs has been particularly effective in the food and beverage industry, where we have been able to increase productivity by over 25% and reduce waste by more than 50% in businesses we have worked with”, said McLean. “Most importantly, TXM is very proud to have helped unleash the potential of these businesses enabling them to innovate and grow”.

Tim McLean’s highly regarded book, “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises” will feature on the TXM Stand

TXM Lean Solutions is looking forward to seeing you at its exhibition stand #591 at AUSPACK 2017.

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The challenges of designing a supply chain that delivers on time in full every time is the focus of Tim McLean's new book
The challenges of designing a supply chain that delivers on time in full every time is the focus of Tim McLean’s new book

On Time-In Full – Achieving Perfect Delivery with Lean Thinking in Purchasing, Supply Chain and Production Planning is the title of the latest book from  Tim McLean, Director, TXM Lean Solutions.

“The title pretty much explains the theme of the book,” says Tim McLean. “It seems like such a simple concept. Your customers place an order and you deliver to them what they need when they need it. However, for a large proportion of businesses, simply delivering products on time in full every day remains a major challenge”.

Tim has spent decades in factories and warehouses analyzing why supply chains fail to deliver and the steps needed to achieve reliable on time in full delivery. He has distilled this experience into an easy to follow step by step guide to building a high performing Lean supply chain.  The book covers key topics such as forecasting, inventory management, purchasing, production scheduling, ERP systems, managing international supply chains and design distribution networks for both manufacturing and distribution businesses. It is designed as a complete end to end guide to improving your business’ delivery performance.

On Time-In Full is a Productivity Press publication which will be available in April 2017.

Grow Your Factory Grow Your Business

Tim McLean is also the author of “Grow Your Business-Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises” published by Productivity Press, 2014.


Operational Excellence Summit
TXM Director Ron Spiteri (centre) facilitating a group discussion at the 2015 Operational Excellence Summit

Following on from the success of the 2015 Operational Excellence Summit in Melbourne, TXM and Best Practice Network are proud to announce our second Operational Excellence Summit to be held at the Atura Hotel in Blacktown, Sydney on February 22nd, 2017.

Register for the Best Practice Network 2017 Operational Excellence Summit before 16 December 2016 and go in the Draw to Win a fully professional DJI Phantom 3 Drone worth over $1200

The 2017 summit will feature eight outstanding keynote presentations from some of Australia’s most respected industrial business leaders including:

  • Professor Roy Green – UTS Business School.
  • Rick Terpstra – National Program Manager – CSR Way.
  • Wayne Angus – National Operations Manager – Asahi Beverages
  • Will Day – Director Straining Instruments – Leica Biosystems

The day will also include structured opportunities to network and discuss the key topics and will finish with an interactive Q&A session with the keynotes.

Some of the comments from the 2015 Summit were:

The 2105 Best Practice Network National Summit was a really good opportunity for me to connect with other industry practitioners and share war stories (both good and bad) of implementing process improvement initiatives across the diverse manufacturing environments that we work in”

Joe Ovenden – Lean Manager ANZ – PPG Industries

I found the summit inspiring and a credit that the Best Practice Network team can assemble such a large group of passionate “manufacturing minds” in the one room. The environment was stimulating and speaking on behalf of my Ontex Team, we came away very motivated indeed with a number of key business improvement items.

Rod Evans – General Manager – Ontex Australia

Register Now for the Best Practice Network Operational Excellence Summit 2017


Cheryl Jekiel
Cheryl Jekiel

Making the most of all your peoples’ abilities, remains one of the largest opportunities to achieve better profitability, quality and service levels. This can be critical to your organisation’s survival and growth.  TXM and Best Practice Network are proud to bring Keynote speaker and leading US Lean Human Resources expert, Cheryl Jekiel to Australia for the first time to run a series of national innovative HR workshops. Cheryl will provide you with a range of strategies, methods and techniques for improving the contribution of your Human Resources, the implementation of an effective work culture and the development of your lean leaders.

Workshop Details and Registration
BRISBANE 22 August 2016 – Re-thinking HR for Your Operational Excellence and Culture Change
SYDNEY 23 August 2016 – Re-thinking HR for Your Operational Excellence and Culture Change
MELBOURNE 24 August 2016 – Re-thinking HR for Your Operational Excellence and Culture Change
MELBOURNE 26 August 2016 – Strategies and Insights for Developing Your Lean Leaders

Our facilitator Cheryl Jekiel, brings a tremendous passion for continuous improvement in her commitment to building Lean HR as a recognised field of work. Ms. Jekiel has over 20 years of manufacturing experience. Previously, Ms. Jekiel worked for a Chicago food manufacturer as the director of Human Resources and completed her employment by serving for five years as the Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Jekiel has developed an expertise in Lean Manufacturing with a particular focus on Lean Cultures. Ms. Jekiel has made countless significant improvements in reducing operating costs and leveraging a Lean Culture to obtain new business. Her Lean experience has been greatly enhanced with her active involvement with the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME), which has included board roles for the National board as well as Regional Midwest Board in the USA.

Hall of Fame
The TXM team at the 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Dinner

TXM Lean Solutions are delighted to be selected as Finalists for the Professional Services Award at the 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. TXM was nominated by the Australian Industry & Defence Network(AIDN), the peak industry association for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to do business in the defence and security sectors.

TXM Managing Director, Tim Mclean said that “reaching the Finalist stage at the 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame clearly recognises TXM’s valuable contribution in working with companies to enable them to innovate and grow in the manufacturing sector in Victoria. Increasingly we are an international business working across industry in sectors such as Oil and Gas, Logistics and Industrial Services, however we are all manufacturing people and our heritage is in manufacturing. We are immensely proud of the contribution we have made to Victorian manufacturing and very grateful to the industry for the exciting and challenging careers it has provided us.”

TXM has worked for over a decade assisting hundreds of Victorian and Australian manufacturers large and small to improve their competitiveness using Lean thinking. TXM has assisted hundreds of manufacturers, large and small to increase productivity, reduce waste, improve customer service, increase flexibility and reorganise their factory layouts. Most importantly, TXM has helped unleash the potential of these businesses enabling them to innovate and grow. Several of TXM’s customers have doubled their sales following implementation of TXM Lean business processes.  It has also helped develop a generation of Victorian Lean Leaders, both through coaching at the enterprise level as well as through the Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence programs we have presented for over five years in collaboration with Geelong Manufacturing Council and AIDN-Vic.

The Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame has been established to publicly acknowledge excellence in Victorian manufacturing and to promote this excellence to a global industrial market and the general public.

All companies nominated for Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame recognition must have a manufacturing plant located in Victoria or demonstrate specialist design services directly connected to Victoria’s manufacturing industry.

TXM has been active in the manufacturing community with memberships of AIDN-Vic, Austmine, AMTIL, SEMMA, AME and ISPE. TXM Directors regularly present free seminars and workshops as well as sharing practical ideas to improve manufacturing performance through our popular on line videos and blogs www.txm.com.au



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.

In the past year, TXM customers have been completing an online feedback survey when we complete a project. We recently reviewed the results of this customer survey and the results were impressive. All of the customers surveyed indicated that they would recommend TXM to other customers and 80% were prepared to be a client referee for TXM. Over 90% of clients found TXM highly professional and responsive to deal with and 90% of customers rated the TXM lean consultant they worked with as very good or outstanding.

Most impressive though were the business results that the customers achieved. On average TXM customers surveyed achieved:

  • 25% reduction in lead time.
  • 25%-50% reduction in waste.
  • 10%-25% improvement in productivity.
  • 10%-25% reduction in downtime.
  • 25%-50% reduction in defects.

Just as important was the impact on the team in these businesses:

  • 40% of customers saw a major improvement in employee engagement.
  • 90% saw improvement in leadership skills for managers and supervisors.
  • 80% saw an improvement in employee morale.
  • 90% achieved increased empowerment for front line leaders and teams.

At TXM we have argued for years that our services delivered outstanding value. This comes through delivering both improved business performance and developing the capability of leadership within the businesses. Now the survey means that we have these results confirmed directly from our customers.

At TXM our focus is on continuous improvement, so we are working actively to improve the quality of our services and the skills of our consulting team so that future customers can experience even better results than the ones in this survey. Thank you to all the customers who completed the customer survey. Your feedback is invaluable to us.


Best Practice Network Queensland Director, Kevin Bennett
Best Practice Network Queensland Director, Kevin Bennett

The rapidly growing Best Practice Network has taken another major step forward with the launch of Best Practice Network Queensland, based in Brisbane. Increasingly clients are seeing the value of providing all their operations across Australia with access to this outstanding business networking service. Best Practice Network Queensland now means that operations across the eastern seaboard of Australia can now access this excellent service.

Best Practice Network is proud to welcome Kevin Bennett to the team as Director of Best Practice Network Queensland. With over 30 years of international industry experience, Kevin has implemented a number of Operational and Business Excellence programs across many sectors. Kevin has a Masters in Quality and Environmental Management, Graduate Certificate in Operational Excellence, Certified Net Promoter Score (NPS) Facilitator and an Accredited Lead Auditor for ISO9001. Recently Kevin has worked with organisations such as Bulla Dairy Foods, GSK, MYSALE, Dematic, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Cabrini and Sunraysia TAFE. He is also a judge for the Southern Grampians Shire and Sunshine Coast Business Awards. Kevin is passionate about bringing together people and processes to grow and build capability to deliver excellence in Customer Service and Process performance.

Kevin has already assembled an exciting event schedule include visits to Kmart’s new Distribution Centre, the Qantas Maintenance Hangar, and Laminex at Gympie.  The first event, on March 16th promises to be a excellent one with a visit to leading Gold Coast boat builder, Telwater, famous for making Quintrex, Stacer and Savage Boats. Contact Best Practice Network to sign up for this event.

More events are being added to this exciting list every week. As well, Queensland Best Practice Network Members can attended interstate Events at such outstanding venues as Toyota Australia, Holden Engine Company and Cochlear.

Best Practice Network is Australia’s fastest growing business networking group. With networks now operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, Best Practice Network brings together Australia’s best companies including the likes of Toyota, Nippon Denso, Asahi (Schweppes), Murray Goulburn, CSR, Leica Biosystems and Viva Energy. Members share their experiences and expertise as well as learning from international experts across a wide range of fields including Lean, Supply Chain, Food Safety and Occupational Health and Safety.

Visit the Best Practice Network Website to Learn more about the Network Nationally

Ontex BPN Event
Best Practice Network NSW Members get to Grips with Employee Engagement at Ontex

Best Practice Network is proud to announce its launch in New South Wales with the inaugural event held at personal hygiene products manufacturer, Ontex in Sydney on 13 October.

Download the Ontex Presentation from the Best Practice Network Website

The New South Wales network already has a compelling event program set for the next 12 month and a growing list of leading industrial companies as members. The next event will be at Australian Tube Mills in Newcastle and focuses on creating a safety culture.

Learn More about the Australian Tube Mills Event and other Best Practice Network Events on our Events Page

Leading the charge in New South Wales, is Network Director, Gareth Brown. Gareth has had a stellar manufacturing career holding senior roles at Lean pioneer, Autoliv, before leading Vistaprint operations to become the first Australian manufacturer ever to win a coveted Shingo Prize for Excellence.

In Victoria, the Best Practice Network is approaching its first birthday and has already established itself as the “place to be” for business leaders who are focused on excellence.

It is a great time to join Best Practice Network too as members will enjoy significant discounts when they attend the Operational Excellence Summit coming up on December 3rd.