Jim Watkins Award
Jim Watkins Award winner and Best Practice Network Director, Victor Caune (centre) with TXM Consulting Director, Anthony Clyne (left) and Managing Director, Tim McLean (right)

TXM congratulates Victor Caune, the Director of our new Best Practice Network for winning the 2015 Jim Watkins Award.

The Jim Watkins Award is awarded every year to an individual or company who has made an exceptional contribution to the cause of Australian Manufacturing and Operational Excellence. Victor’s award reflected his career long commitment to manufacturing, lean and, especially, promoting networking and sharing between businesses. In the past 20 years, Victor has dedicated much of his time to building connections between companies and individuals in order to further the cause of Operational Excellence and Lean.

With Best Practice Network, Victor has had an immediate impact with a rapidly growing list of member companies and an outstanding program of events already in place at some of Australia’s most admired industrial companies including Toyota, General Motors, Leica Microsystems, PPG, Fonterra and Lyondell Basell.

Learn About the Next Best Practice Network Events

Small Logo BPNInaugural Event at Dowell Windows and Doors

TXM was proud to launch our latest venture, the Best Practice Network, with a Senior Leaders Breakfast and factory tour at Dowell Windows and Doors in Bayswater, Victoria on Thursday 29 January. The event was attended by a group of senior manufacturing leaders from some of Australia’s leading industrial companies including PPG, Mondelez, Boral, CSR, Britax, Fonterra, ITW, Zenith Interiors and Olex Cables. Participants toured the Dowell site and were impressed by the standards of 5S, Dowell’s use of Visual Management and the effective use of “GoPro” cameras and time lapse photography to analyse production processes.

About the Best Practice Network

Dowell Best Practice Event
Learning from the Gemba at the Best Practice Network event at Dowell Windows on 29 January.

Being globally competitive doesn’t just happen – it requires open, challenging minds to continually strive for best practices. To help you meet this objective, we are offering our valued clients the opportunity to join our new industry based network service – the Best Practice Network. This is a new concept in business networking systems for Australian industry. Our distinctive methodology combines learning from your peers, the industry and the TXM Lean Solutions global network.

Our unique approach sets a new benchmark in business networking. Visit other companies to learn first hand, share industry practices and learn from International improvement experts. Actively collaborating will challenge and inspire you and your team to achieve more. Why work in isolation reinventing the wheel? Engage with your peers to access vital information quickly, help your business solve problems, and enable you to find better ways to grow the excellence inside your organisation.


Anthony AME Kinross
Anthony Clyne Facilitating a learning Event for AME at Kinross Farms in October 2014

Following our highly successful participation in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Conference in the USA this month TXM will be a major sponsor and active participants in the AME Australia conferences in Perth and Melbourne on 23-27 February 2015. The TXM team will be at both conferences to share our expertise with delegates and introduce our services as well as presenting at the conferences and having the first copies of our new Lean book on sale.

TXM will be the sponsor of the Perth Conference dinner, which will feature Featuring Kimberly Watson-Hemphill, a globally known expert in innovation and operational excellence.

The conferences will run from 13-26 February in Melbourne and 26-27 February in Perth and will include international keynote speakers, Kimberly Watson-Hemphill and Drew Locher, site visits to Toyota Boshoku, Vistaprint, St Vincent’s and Australian Red Cross as well as a wide range of other presentations from industry practitioners.

TXM Managing Director will be also presenting a shorter version of his highly successful Lean Manufacturing for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Workshop at the AME USA Conference. This presentation is based on Tim’s new book, “Grow Your Factory – Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises”, which will be available for purchase at the conference.

Brent Johnstone
Brent Johnstone Senior Lean Consultant in Sydney

TXM further expanded our consulting team in Sydney in October with Brent Johnstone joining our Sydney Office. Brent is a highly experienced manufacturing professional with over three decades of experience working in the Aerospace, Rail Maintenance and Construction Materials sector. At Boeing Brent became the Lean Transformation Manager for the Bankstown site and was trained by Japanese Lean Experts. In the rail sector Brent lead a successful shop floor lean transformation in the challenging work environment of a rolling stock maintenance workshop that was undergoing down sizing. These experiences mean that Brent brings to TXM a wealth of practical experience in Lean combined with strong manufacturing and engineering expertise.  As a Lean Consultant in Sydney, Brent will be working alongside our experienced consulting team to deliver improved operational performance to manufacturing and service companies across New South Wales.

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LDLP Kinross Lean agriculture
Members of the Kinross Team at their Lean Daily Leadership Team Board

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will be running a one day interactive Lean Daily Leadership Process workshop at egg producer, Kinross Farm in Kinglake West on October 16th. TXM Consulting Director, Anthony Clyne will facilitate the workshop which will provide participants with an opportunity to see the excellent Lean Daily Leadership systems that have been implemented at Kinross Farm as well as learn how to apply these simple and powerful techniques in their own business. The Lean Daily Leadership Process is a simple and practical system of daily management that focuses front line leaders and teams on driving continual improvement in business performance.

The workshop also highlights the growing acceptance of Lean Agriculture, the use of Lean techniques in intensive agricultural businesses. For Kinross the benefits of Lean has gone beyond the packing hall in to improve animal husbandry for the thousands of hens in Kinross’ care. Therefore the workshop will coach participants on Lean Agriculture and how to apply Lean techniques in an agricultural setting as well as providing manufacturers in food and other industries practical coaching in the Lean Daily Leadership Process.

Visit the AME Website to Register for the Kinross Farm Event


This month’s Australian Manufacturing Technology Magazine focuses on the Food Industry. TXM features prominently with Lean case studies about the support TXM has provided to Juicy Isle Fruit Juices in Tasmania and Roband Food Service Equipment in Sydney.  The article features interviews with Michael Goward, General Manager at Juicy Isle and David Jarman, Operations Manager at Roband. Read the Article: