See lean excellence live at one of WM’s Factory Tours

If you would like the opportunity to experience first-hand what makes a best-in-class factory tick, there is no better way than visiting a site, meeting the manufacturing teams and viewing the processes live from top floor to cell level.

Our new 2015-2016 tour dates have now been released.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Coca-Cola Enterprises

Sign up for the Coca-Cola, Wakefield site best practice day and see world-class manufacturing operational routines in action, plus enjoy a choice of deep dive workshops on employee engagement, safety, warehouse solutions and achieving operational excellence.

Wakefield is the largest soft drinks plant by volume in Europe, manufacturing and distributing in excess of 100 million cases per annum. Discover how the management team ensure maximum manufacturing quality in the 6,000 cans and 2,200 PET bottles produced every minute.

Learn how the top team has harnessed employee-led innovation to help meet KPIs and reduce energy waste. As well as walking the line, this exclusive learning event gives you a choice of training sessions led by Coca-Cola’s managers on how you can implement some of their initiatives back at your own site.

Workshops are available on:

  1. Employee Engagement
  2. Achieving World-class Safety and Quality
  3. Excellence in Manufacturing
  4. High-paced Warehouse Solutions

The Wakefield plant includes a unique energy saving 'Monitoring and Targeting' system, which has helped achieve energy savings of 21.5% since 2006. Over 80 separate meters providing detailed energy consumption data for equipment, process and production lines across the site at five minute intervals. The plant also includes a fully-automated warehouse with a capacity of 30,000 pallets.


Event Location: Wakefield
Individual Ticket Price: £400 per place excluding VAT
Bookings of 3 or more people: £360 per place excluding VAT

Limited to 10 places per visit

Places are restricted and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Confirmation is subject to approval by host site.

Power Panels Logo Power Panels

WM is giving readers an exclusive opportunity to visit the West Midlands manufacturer Power Panels, previous winner of BFA Factory of the Year, Best Electronics and Electrical Plant, Best Small Company and winner of the Skills Development Award.

Power Panels has become a company to emulate. It sets standards in quality and delivery beyond the reach of glitzier world class pretenders, turning ‘adding value’ into tangible, living reality. Above all, it takes decent, hard working, ordinary people and turns them into a committed workforce whose skills and attitude put them at the very top of the industrial tree.

This tour is designed to assist companies who are embarking on a journey of culture change for their people. It is an essential visit for the directors and managers tasked with driving the change- take advantage of the opportunity to engage with a company that’s actually done it!

Agenda*

09:30 Registration

  • Visual Management (Planning Boards, Measures etc.)
  • Kanban / Kitting
  • ABC analysis of people
  • Route 6 (CI Measure)

15:30 Review & close

*Subject to change


Event Location: West Midlands
Individual Ticket Price: £350 per place excluding VAT
Bookings of 3 or more people: £315 per place excluding VAT

Limited to 10 places per visit

Places are restricted and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Alcoa Logo Alcoa Manufacturing

Alcoa’s aluminium rolling mill was all set for a £500,000 upgrade via a third party. Then along came a crack team of in-house engineers with a passion for adding value. Sign up for this tour and meet the team whose efforts earned them a WM Manufacturing Champions award and discover the collaboration, teamwork and constant CI focus that ensures a Birmingham-based aluminium mill keeps pace with the rest of the world.

Alcoa manufactures plate for aircraft wings and won Britain’s Best Process Plant at the BEST Factory Awards in 2014. A CI programme has helped output to climb 70% in 12 years. Sign up for the tour and see how the management team have engaged their workforce in change.

Agenda*

09:00-09:30 Welcome/coffee
09:30-10:00 Safety brief
10:00-10:30 Plant overview/history
10:30-11:00 PPE
11:00-12:30 Plant tour with presentations
12:30-13:00 Return, questions and coffee

*Subject to change


Event Location: Kitts Green, West Midlands
Individual Ticket Price: £350 per place excluding VAT
Bookings of 3 or more people: £315 per place excluding VAT

Limited to 10 places per visit

Places are restricted and allocated on a first come, first served basis.