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 2016-2017 tour dates have now been released.

FujifilmFujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Achieve world beating quality by touring Fujifilm’s digital ink plant

Take the tour of the Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Broadstairs plant on 21 September and learn how to instil world beating quality standards into your production process.

Fujifilm- two-time winner of Britain's Best Process Plant at the BFAs-has taken right first time levels to near 100% and transformed its business from producing their heritage analogue products to pioneering precision UV curing digital inks.

The plant is not large, at approx. 8000m₂ but has 2300 SKU’s and manufactures 11,000 batches a year. Broadstairs is a model of decentralised control within a small batch, flexible manufacturing process.

Exacting digital ink batches must be produced to ink pigment particle sizes between 100 and 300 nanometres- smaller than the average human cell.

The quest for near perfection has involved huge investment in plant and people. The management team has focussed on engaging and multi-skilling the workforce to master new digital ink production with the introduction of NVQs in Business Improvement Techniques to help employees eliminate waste. Three cross functional CI teams have been set up to target kaizen and the site has saved more than 3,000 man-hours and counting.

Fujifilm also invested £3m in a new digital ink production facility and had to bring it online without disruption to customers or compromising right first time quality levels. At the same time the site achieved ‘zero to landfill’ status and gained accreditation to the OHSAS 18001 safety standard.


09:00-09:30 Arrival, welcome, coffee and pastries
09:30-09:45 Fujifilm Introductions
09:45-11:00 Presentations (30 mins each)

  • Quality Journey
  • • EEF Presentation (CI techniques)

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:45 Factory Tour
12:45-13:30 Lunch and Networking
13:30-15:00 R&D Tour
15:00-16:00 Q&A and Round-up
16:00 Depart

*Subject to change

Event Location: Broadstairs, Kent
Individual Ticket Price: £350 per place excluding VAT
Bookings of 3 or more people: £315 per place excluding VAT

Limited to 24 places per visit

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

Siemens LogoSiemens Magnet Technology

Visit the home of innovation: Siemens Magnet Technology

See how Siemens Magnet Technology, Eynsham, on 11th October harnesses employee-led innovation in its quest to build ultra-light magnets for MRI scanners. Meet a workforce who see continuous improvement as business-as-usual and brought 268 implemented ideas to the table in 2015.

Employee ideas contributed to over £475,800 in operational savings which contributed to saving over 10,000 production hours in manufacturing.

This is also a chance to hear about the award-winning work of Chris Hawes, test technician at the plant whose low temperature camera for inspecting MRI magnet turrets won a Manufacturing Champions Employee-led Innovation in 2016. The tour will take you on the line and give you the chance to quiz the management team on how they cultivated the site team’s ‘can do’ attitude through extensive NVQ-based training and skills development. Hear how Eynsham’s innovative streak has been instrumental in overcoming global cost pressures and achieving the site’s strategic goal of becoming the world’s number one preferred supplier of MRI systems.


10:00-10:30 - Arrival and registration
10:30-11:00 - Introduction to Siemens Magnet Technology
11:00-12:00 - Our Continuous Lean Journey
12:00-12:30 - Lunch and Networking
12:30-14:30 Smaller Group Factory Tours to include;

  • Factory Orientation - our product and process flow
  • Overview of our Lean Improvement Projects
  • Actual Lean Projects from our Cell Leaders
  • Aligning ‘everyone’ to our Business KPI’s

14:30-15:00 - Questions, Feedback and Close

*Subject to change

Event Location: Eynsham, Oxfordshire
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.