NEAA’s Best Practice Workshop Proves a Success at R-TEK in Washington
9 July 2015, Sunderland: Formed to support and strengthen the region’s automotive sector, the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is powering up leading automotive companies in the region to deliver best practice workshops, and most recently visited leading automotive component manufacturer R-TEK, based Washington.
Best practice workshops form an essential part of NEAA’s Business Excellence Programme, which was the first industry working group developed by the NEAA. Through the programme industry takes a peer to peer approach to improving supply chain competitiveness. NEAA is now working with a number of leading automotive companies to drive detailed practical discussions on specialist subjects. Sharing of such knowledge and best practice will only strengthen the performance of the region’s automotive and manufacturing sectors.
R-TEK, manufacturer of high quality interior automotive components, hosted the recent workshop focused on Shopfloor Best Practice, outlining the company’s excellence in dynamic planning, smart technology real-time monitoring and 5S basics. Visiting manufacturing firms were able to take away best practice methods and procedures from the leading tier 1 automotive supplier with a view to transferring this understanding into their own company’s operations.
Delivering specialist best practice workshops of this kind are extremely valuable to those within the supply chain who are looking to start a journey towards excellence, as well as those who are looking for ideas on how to continue and develop their existing best practice techniques.
Established in 1991, R-TEK now supply their high quality products in to both Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK and Honda UK Manufacturing, demonstrating the company’s commitment to quality and business excellence.
Peter Watson, Plant Manager of R-TEK, said of the best practice workshop, “I very much enjoyed hosting the recent best practice event at our site and it was a good platform to meet with representatives from different industries. Holding a workshop like this was valuable for sharing best practice and talking through solutions to common problems. I’m personally looking forward to the next company best practice event arranged through NEAA.”
Peter Herron, Total Cost Improvement Supervisor at R-TEK who was involved in the event commented, “I found the activity to be a very positive exercise. We had the opportunity to showcase our best practice but also to receive direct feedback from the attendees, which will aid our further improvement.”
Stuart McGivern, NEAA Business Excellence Specialist, said, “It is really important for manufacturing companies of all sizes to understand what world class Best Practice looks like. The R-TEK visit has enabled companies with existing knowledge to see what can be achieved when an R-TEK shopfloor approach is adopted. I was very impressed with R-TEK’s true spirit of sharing their business expertise. It will encourage other companies to see the value of dynamic planning and smart technology whilst not ignoring the basic shopfloor practices that support any organisations improvement.
“Further to these workshops, the team at NEAA will then engage with those companies who attended to understand if there is a requirement for a focus group on the visit subject areas and what are the vital few improvements that they can implement following a best practice visit.”
Paul Butler, CEO of NEAA commented, “Business Excellence forms one of our core streams of activity, and the best practice visits are a clear demonstration of industry-led approach. We believe these visits are essential in improving the practical knowledge of the North East automotive supply chain and we encourage manufacturing companies of all sizes to engage with the cluster group to be able to attend these workshops.”
The NEAA, an industry-led cluster group, was launched in March 2015 to strengthen the region’s automotive sector through shared ideas, promotion, innovation, business excellence and strategic leadership. Since its launch, the cluster group now engages with over 63 companies in the region and is currently seeking eligible North East SME businesses to take part in a European Regional Development Fund Programme. The SME Supply Chain Development Programme will help to match firms with business opportunities, provide them with the chance to collaborate with others and access to business excellence interventions.
Further information from Laura Gage, Marketing & PR Manager, NEAA. Tel 0191 516 4400.