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AAM's Lean Facility Named on Top 10 Manufacturing Plant List

The Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility, owned by Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), has been recognized as one of the 10 best plants in North America by IndustryWeek magazine for 2010.

ABRA Hires Black Belt Richardson to Lead Lean Initiatives

ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a Minneapolis-based vehicle repair company, has hired Black Belt Jim Richardson as the company’s new vice president of ABRA Glass, where he will be tasked with meeting the division’s growth objectives and Lean initiatives.

Car Makers Struggle with Supply Chains One Month After Japan Quake

Honda is only the latest of several automobile manufacturers to report production slowdowns in the wake of last month’s Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis – triple catastrophes that have crippled global car production supply chains and reduced overall capacity by as much as 30 per cent, according to the British newspaper The Independent.

Ford Moving Forward on Lean Auto Assembly Plant in Kentucky

Ford Motor Co. said is it nearing completion of the demolition phase of a $600 million project to revamp its Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Ky., USA, which will include the addition of several Lean processes.

Global Supply Chain Problems Spark Lean Debate

An unexpected rise in demand for automobiles and electronic goods this spring and summer has played havoc with the supply chains of some corporations, causing temporary shutdowns at a number of factories in Asia and North America. While recent articles in The Wall Street Journal ( have pointed to Lean manufacturing methods as a cause for the strain, some experts say the problems are ordinary supply chain issues that are unrelated to Lean operations.

Ice-skating Software Helps Improve Lean Operations at Nexteer Plant

Nexteer Automotive, a manufacturer of steering and driveline systems, has reported significant operational savings at its plant near Saginaw, Mich., USA, by using motion analysis software commonly used by figure skaters.

Japan Disaster Rattles Manufacturers Worldwide

Several weeks after a devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck northern Japan on March 11, triggering a massive tsunami and ongoing nuclear plant crisis, Lean manufacturers across the globe have scrambled to reroute their supply chains.

Lean Tools Help Reduce Costs at Safelite Windshield Plant

Aftermarket automobile windshield manufacturer Safelite Glass Corp. says it has retained sales of $2.6 million and saved $670,000 in costs since launching a Lean program. For this reason the company’s Enfield, N.C., USA, facility was recently recognized by the North Carolina government for contributing to the state’s economic benefit over the last five years.

Three Lean Expert Authors Win Shingo Prize

Writers Steven E. Hoeft, Steven C. Bell and Michael Orzen have all been named winners of the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, Research, and Professional Publication, which is bestowed on authors who advance the Lean body of knowledge into new areas and promote a broad understanding of operational excellence.

Toyota, AkzoNobel Create Process Improvement Program for Collision Repair

AkzoNobel Car Refinishes Americas and Toyota Motor Sales, USA, have agreed to combine experience and resources surrounding process improvement methods for collision repair operations, resulting in the Toyota Production System for Collision (TPS-C).

Using DOE to Solve a Product Development Problem – An iSixSigma Case Study

Design of experiments (DOE) helps an automotive company determine factors affecting defect levels in an alternator it manufactured. DOE identified the cause of ventilation noise within the alternator, and moved the problem toward resolution

Vehicle Parts Supplier WABCO Opens Lean Six Sigma Plant in China

WABCO, a supplier of components for the commercial vehicle industry, has opened a new production facility in Jinan, China, showcasing the company’s Lean Six Sigma program.

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