Case Study: Sime Darby Adds $250M with Lean Six Sigma

Who Is Sime Darby Plantation? Sime Darby Plantation is the world’s largest sustainable palm oil producer and has four areas of focus: Upstream: 248 estates and 72 mills where fresh fruit is processed into crude palm oil Downstream: Production of oils and fats, oleochemicals, biodiesel, other palm oil derivatives and renewables in 16 countries Research…


Six Sigma at W.R. Grace & Co.

Six Sigma stories have graced the pages of this specialty chemical company’s annual reports since 1999. Six Sigma at Grace has been a corporate-wide initiative from the start and has spread outside of the manufacturing processes to other functions including administration, sales, service, and R&D. Lean manufacturing and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodologies are…


Air Products and Chemicals

Six Sigma at Air Products and Chemicals is doing more than just blowing hot air. The 7.4 billion dollar chemical company is a worldwide supplier of industrial gases and equipment, specialty and intermediate chemicals, and environmental and energy systems. They piloted Six Sigma in the Polyurethane Chemicals division in 2000, and the initiative grew into…

Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison began using Six Sigma in the Fasson Roll operation in 1998. It didn’t take long for the initiative to stick, and it soon spread throughout the company. Today, Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing are the foundation for driving productivity improvements across the company. The annual reports and press releases continually highlight the impact…

DuPont – Six Sigma

The heart of DuPont’s continued growth lies in its three strategic pathways: integrated science, knowledge intensity and productivity through Six Sigma.DuPont is yet another clear example of Six Sigma complementing a strategic directive.DuPont has been around for a long time and according to this chart (found in the 2004 Annual Report), plans to stay around…

Dow Chemical Company – Six Sigma

Dow began their Six Sigma journey as a pilot initiative in 1998.Early success in a few business units convinced management to deploy Six Sigma corporate-wide in 1999.The annual report their first year introduces their customer-centric Six Sigma philosophy: “We’re centering Six Sigma quality and productivity efforts around one concept—what keeps customers coming back to us…


Six Sigma in the Chemical Industry

Chemical giants Dow and DuPont are the premier Six Sigma examples for the Chemical industry.As the early adopters in 1998, they continue to lead the industry today with innovative Six Sigma projects and deployment approaches.Many of the Fortune 1000 chemical companies employ Six Sigma: Air Products & Chemicals FMC Albemarle Great Lakes Chemical Ashland H.B….

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