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!

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 in Europe. Benoît Spatz joins us in Strasbourg, France.

Benoît Spatz – Senior Lean Consultant – Strasbourg, France

Benoît holds a masters degree in machine tool technology from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. Benoît started his career with the automotive supplier Shaeffler. In 2007 Benoît joined Steelcase a world leader in office furniture to lead supplier development across Europe.

He supported Steelcase’s suppliers large and small in an operational improvement process across Europe, the United States and Asia. Since working for Steelcase Benoît has led dozens of consulting projects around industrial performance and supply chain optimisation.

Benoît and based in Strasbourg, is bilingual French and German and will assist our clients in Eastern France and Germany.

Welcome to the team Benoît!

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

James Brycker is available to consult across all of Queensland & Northern New South Wales

TXM Lean Solutions Australia is excited to announce the appointment of another two passionate & experienced Lean experts and change managers to our consulting teams in Australia and New Zealand.

James Brycker – Senior Lean Consultant – Queensland

James Brycker joins us as a Senior Lean Consultant in Queensland. Based in Brisbane, James has extensive experience & management of automotive manufacturing, supply chain and process improvement in Sweden where he worked with Johnson Controls producing & launching new products for the S, V & C series supplying directly to Volvo.

He is a highly experienced consultant with a deep passion for assisting businesses drive cultural change, enhance employee engagement, and implement supply chain improvement processes to ensure cost savings and efficiencies, on his return to Australia James has worked with several high-profile clients developing leaders at all levels with excellent engagement and communication.

James is available for consulting across Queensland and northern NSW, If you would like to have James help you improve your people, productivity and profits don’t hesitate to contact us.


Liam Taylor – Senior Lean Consultant – South Island New Zealand

We are excited to announce the appointment of Liam Taylor to our consulting team in New Zealand. Liam joins TXM after working with JCB for 10 years in the United Kingdom where he honed his Lean & Manufacturing skills as a Lean Coordinator & then Manufacturing Engineering Manager.

Liam has extensive experience in helping businesses improve and maximise their potential. With over 20 years’ experience, Liam has worked with a wide range of businesses from smaller-scale SME’s through to world class industry-leading organisations. He is able to help businesses improve from both a financial and cultural perspective, with the emphasis on building capable and resilient businesses.

Liam has helped businesses across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Specifically, he has covered Manufacturing, Defence & Aerospace, Food/Beverage, Viticulture, FMCG, Automotive, Stores, Agricultural, Fishing, Hospitality, Utilities and office-based Service sectors. He has worked with organisations based in the UK, Europe, USA, and NZ as well as undertaking an advisory role in the set-up of factories in India.

Liam has also coached and mentored small businesses in their start-up and growth and has successfully run two businesses of his own. In addition, he has been involved in NZ’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) to help young people discover their business potential.

Away from business, Liam has owned and maintained multiple classic and performance cars and enjoys wine and travel.

Liam is based in the Nelson Bays region and will be supporting projects across the South Island and southern half of the North Island. Liam is eager to help you build capabilities and drive performance in your business.

Contact TXM for more information

TXM Lean Solutions are happy to announce the recruitment of two new consultants in New South Wales and the North Island of New Zealand. In New South Wales, TXM welcome Doug Mottram as Senior Lean Consultant. Doug Joins TXM Lean Solutions Australia in NSW with extensive experience working as a continuous improvement professional. In New Zealand we weclome Ian Lines who brings a wealth of knowledge from his time as a operations manager at automtovie suppliers.

Doug Mottram joins TXM with over 20 years experience in manaufacturing.

Meeting Demand with a New Senior Lean Consultant Doug Mottram

Doug has worked in a range of industries from Mining & Minerals to Gaming, Furniture and even Air Traffic Control. Doug has also been the President of AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) NSW. Doug is also the owner of The Business Advisory Board in the Sutherland Shire Business Region.

He has a passion for seeing businesses grow profitably and sustainably and will be able to help NSW clients increase productivity, drive performance and boost profitability.

Boosting Capabilities in New Zealand with New Senior Lean Consultant

Ian joins TXM with over 35 years experience in manufacturing and operations management.

Across the ditch we are excited to announce the appointment of Ian Lines as Senior Lean Consultant New Zealand. Ian started his career in Wales, UK on the shop floor as a manufacturing engineer giving him a practical understanding of production & process before becoming a Continuous Improvement Manager at Valeo a supplier to BMW, Peugeot, SaaB & General Motors.

Ian has since worked as a Lean Consultant in New Zealand helping businesses increase productivity, profits, and efficiency. Ian has developed an outstanding set of facilitator skills who constantly engages staff.

Need Help?

If you need a Lean Consultant across Australia or New Zealand, Ian and Doug are both ready to help you achieve your vision and boost your profits & productivity. Contact TXM for more information.

TXM Exhibiting @ Booth S24

After not being able to meet customers face-to-face at exhibitions all of last year, TXM are happy to announce we will be exhibiting at FoodPro 2021 at Sydney Olympic Park. Join us for the first time since 2019!

FoodPro is one of Australia’s premier food & beverage exhibitions bringing together food producers, manufacturers and distributors. Food & Beverage manufacturing is one of Australia’s largest employers across Processing & Packaging, Ingredients, Drinks & Liquid Foods, Packaging Materials, Equipment and Logisitics & Handling.

TXM is Australia’s leading Lean Manufacturing Consultants with offices around Australia and globally. We have assisted food manufacturers like Ferguson Plarre, Harvest Moon and Pattie’s Foods to reduce waste, increase productivity, improve customer service, increase flexibility, reduce downtime, and reorganise their production layouts.

Our unique approach has been particularly effective in the food manufacturing sector, where we have been able to increase productivity by over 25% and reduce lead time by more than 50%.

Join TXM in-person

TXM will be exhibiting at booth S24 right across from the sensory maze. Come say hello to the team and talk to us about any issues you may be facing. We will have experts on hand to answer any questions you may have about our services or how we can apply them to your business.

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TXM Europe SAS Welcomes Jimmy Sterner

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.


TXM Australia Expands Team to Better Serve Our Growing List of NSW Clients

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 Kozinski joins TXM North America with over 30 years’ experience as a passionate Transformational Lean Leader at The Timken Steel Company and Caterpillar.

An Experienced Leader Joins Our Team

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!