Current Compiled List of 115 6-Sigma Companies
- April 8, 2003 at 12:24 am #31921
Geoff Jamieson Ford Motor CoParticipant
The following companies have implemented 6-sigma:
3M, A.B. Dick Company, Abbott Labs, Adolph Coors, Advanced Micro Devices, Aerospace Corp, Airborne, Alcoa, Allen Bradley, Allied Signal, Ampex, Apple Computers, Applied Magnetics, ASQC, Atmel, Baxter Pharmaseal, Beatrice Foods, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Bombardier, Borden, Bristol Meyers – Squibb, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Campbell Soup, Cellular 1, Chevron, Citicorp, City of Austin, TX, City of Dallas, TX, Clorox, Cooper Ind, Dannon, Defense Mapping Agency, Delnosa ( Delco Electronics in Mexico), Digital Equipment Corp, DTM Corp, Eastmen Kodak, Electronic Systems Center, Empak, Florida Dept. of Corrections, Ford Motor Company, GEC Marconi, General Dynamics, General Electric, Hazeltine Corp, Hewlett packard, Holly Sugar, Honeywell, Intel, Junior Achievement, Kaiser Aluminum, Kraft General Foods, Larson & Darby, Inc, Laser Magnetic Storage, Lear Astronics, Lenox China, Littton Data Systems, Lockhee Martin, Loral, Los Alamos National labs, Martin Marietta, McDonnell Douglas, Merix, Microsoft, Morton Int’l, Motorola, NASA, Nat’l Institute of Corrections, Nat’l Institute of Standards, Nat’l Semiconductor, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, Northrop Corp, PACE, Parkview Hospital, Pentagon, Pharmacia, PRC, Inc, Qualified Specialists, Ramtron Corp, Rockwell Int’l, Rohm & Haas, Seagate, Society of Plastics Egineers, Solar Optical, Sony, Star Quality, Storgae Tek, Symbios Logic, Synthes, Technicomp, Tessco, Texaco, Texas Commerce Bank, Texas Dept. of Transportation, Texas Instruments, Titleist, Trane, TRW, Ultratech Stepper, United States Air Force, United States Army, United technologies, UPS, USAA, Verbatim, Walbro Automotive, Walker parking, Woodward Governor, Xerox
This information was compiled from the 6-sigma web sites. Hope it is of help to those who requested it. Thanks.
April 8, 2003 at 12:38 am #84619
Thanks for posting this list! I was just talking about such a list with a co-worker for mine.
Just to clarify, did you get this list from the web sites of the respective companies/organizations themselves, or from third party websites? For example, can I go to Adolph Coors and find information about their six sigma program? (Do you have all 115 urls?)
Thanks again for posting the list.
Mark (GE Capital)April 8, 2003 at 4:09 am #84622
Thanks for the partial list. Why did you exclude all of the others?April 10, 2003 at 2:31 pm #84761
FYI, Caterpillar Inc. is knee-deep in 6Sigma as well.April 10, 2003 at 3:00 pm #84764
As are Johnson & Johnson, Black & Decker, Bank of America, Raytheon, ….April 10, 2003 at 7:43 pm #84780
So do a number of government agancies such as the CIA….April 10, 2003 at 9:02 pm #84786
Cummins Inc.April 11, 2003 at 12:39 am #84790
As well as Sears, Sun Microsystems and Intuit…April 11, 2003 at 2:17 am #84792
I had posted the request. Very helpful. Thanks much!April 11, 2003 at 3:29 pm #84807
Don’t forget “Billybob’s House of Possum” (not to confused with Spam, the other mystery meat).
BillybobApril 11, 2003 at 4:26 pm #84815
Thanks for the very helpful list. There are a couple that you missed though. SEARS and Bank of America come to mind right a way. I think the future is very bright for Six Sigma in the service industry going forward. Does anyone have a list of service industry companies only?
Thanks.April 11, 2003 at 5:17 pm #84816
Apple computers has not implemented six sigma.April 11, 2003 at 8:05 pm #84821
Add Maytag to the list of six sigma companies.April 11, 2003 at 8:05 pm #84822
Don’t forget Merrill Lynch, Tyco Healthcare and Amazon.April 11, 2003 at 8:36 pm #84823
What’s the point on making such a list? I hope it can not be done.
Imagine if one would ask for a list of ISO 9000 companies, or ISO 14000, TQM, BSC, etc… If you could make the list, then there would be too few.
A better question might be: From the best companies (Fortune 500, recognized as “best in class”, etc…), which of them are 6 sigma? And a second (more difficult to answer) question: What did 6 sigma do for them?April 11, 2003 at 9:33 pm #84824
I think the purpose of the list is obvious. I’m interested in it because I am looking for a better opportunity at a company that has a Six Sigma program. Let’s call it research.
I do like Tom’s idea of stratifying the companies by Fortune 500 and best in class though. Any BB’s out there want to volunteer?April 11, 2003 at 9:56 pm #84827
I’m also hesitant about this list. What makes these companies “Six Sigma”? Is it because one person is using it, or because they have a corporate initiative. How come all these companies don’t talk about SS in their annual reports and to the media like GE does?
It just makes me think they’re not as serious if they don’t talk about it. What are your thoughts?April 12, 2003 at 12:09 pm #84830
Yes, I am hesitant as well, although there are varying levels of implementation. I believe that most of these companies have either discussed Six Sigma in their annual report, in press releases around quarterly results and/or staff additions. These companies, again, at varying levels, recognize the power of Six Sigma in continuous improvement efforts. I don’t believe that many companies want to go around saying they are Six Sigma companies, but they do want to say that Six Sigma methodology and tools are helping them.April 14, 2003 at 6:54 pm #84865
It would be nice if a database existed…..maybe with a link to this site –
I’d like to know other companies in my geographic area that are using Six Sigma – because my company would be willing to host a brown bag networking session – – I think there is a lot to be learned from other companies and alot we’d be willing to share with noncompetitive companies……………
another database I’d like to see – would be a projects database – stratified by industry, and/or functionality (HR, Sales, Safety, etc) – maybe with a field that could be checked to say whether more details could be provided upon request……..but alot of times details would not be needed…..something as simple as a project title could spark ideas for othersApril 14, 2003 at 7:03 pm #84866
I have been looking at getting a grop together to network, exchange ideas, benchmark, etc. I am in Arizona and had started this initiative with people from the area. It would be nice to open it up to a broader audience. The company I work for has 80,000 employees around the world and I could probably bring some of them in on a networking group.
Any ideas on how to best go about this?
I can be reached at DColvin@global.t-bird.eduApril 23, 2003 at 3:52 pm #85174
Dear Geoff, Thank you for the List of 115 6-Sigma
Companies – it’s very helpful. I am new in the 6-Sigma world and I’m
wondering if anyone has knowledge of 6-Sigma
companies in the food manufacturing sector. Thank you.May 4, 2003 at 3:05 pm #85528
Maple Leaf Foods (http://www.mapleleaf.ca) in Canada has been doing Six Sigma for a few years now with great results. It is headed up by Bruce Miyashita, VP of Six Sigma who is a long-time fan/promoter of Six Sigma methodologies. Their deployment was successfully completed in-house with their own resources.
Rod MorganMay 4, 2003 at 3:16 pm #85529
your info is wrong…apple has not implemented six sigmaAugust 1, 2003 at 6:11 pm #88550
Axcelis Technologies of Beverly Massachusetts, A semiconductor machine tool manufacturer, has been using six sigma for over five years.
There is a Master Black Belt, several Black Belts and numerous Green Belts.
The use of six sigma has been integrated to almost all facets of the business with excellent returns.September 8, 2003 at 5:10 pm #89676
Don’t forget Visteon CorporationSeptember 17, 2003 at 3:00 pm #89957
@S.o. who applied Six Sigma approach successfully:
I found out that 6S is a consequent alliance of the following approaches: -Process Reengineering (a) -Process Management (b) -Continous Process Improvement (c)and hount the following approaches in comparison to conventional Quality Management approaches:
Process Reengineering (a)conventional:-elimination of one defect, while basic structure of workflow persistsSix Sigma:-identification of critical inputs wich involve the problem/defects and/or variants
Process Management (b)conventional :-phase tendet process improvement in the result of inadequat customer satisfactionSix Sigma-consolidation of process improvement and process design-replace the old process with improved or new one
Continous Process Improvement (c)Six Sigma-detecting process efficiency and problem identification-process optimizing and design –>performance rate, competitiv ability, increase profit
My questions:Refer to s.o. experiences and knowledge I need to know how the realization of the 6S approaches are running at e.g. the Auto Financial Industry. It would be the best discribed on examples.
January 19, 2004 at 7:26 pm #94351
Does anyone know who the first company was to impliment Six Sigma? A few of my co-workers are debating whether or not it was GE. Thanks!January 19, 2004 at 7:41 pm #94352
Nicole, It was Motorola. See the history paper on this site: https://www.isixsigma.com/library/content/c020815a.aspJanuary 27, 2004 at 7:21 pm #94699
Motorola was bought out by a Japanese company who transformed Motorola quality in the late 1970’s. Bob Galvin, CEO, started Motorola on a quality path and adopted Six Sigma methodology to make improved electronic products. Training came in the 1980’s when Motorola trained 40% of the workforce at a cost in excess of $170 million. By 1992 the company was spending $110 million on training.
GE came into Six Sigma in 1995 under Jack Welch. They initiated extensive training with 200 projects and moved to 3000 projects and more training in 1996, and 6000 projects and more training in 1997.
In 1997, Six Sigma delivered $320 million in productivity gains and profits, more than Welch’s goal of $150 million.
Jack Welch was quoted in 1998 ” Six Sigma has spread like wildfire across the company, and it is transforming everything we do.”
reference source: Six Sigma Handbook, Thomas Pyzdek, 2001, McGraw Hill pgs.1-5.January 27, 2004 at 7:34 pm #94700
At the time my research was limited and I found the 115 companies. I knew that more were out there but did not pursue it due to to me constraints. Back then I was up to my ears in statistics with my Black Belt training…and barely hanging in there! I am pleased to see that others have added to the list. Keep up the good work.January 27, 2004 at 7:40 pm #94701
I guess one bad Apple did spoil my list. Sorry for the mistake.
let’s see, what is my DPMO?
115 companies, one mistake x 1,000,000………….January 27, 2004 at 7:45 pm #94702
My list was derived from multiple sources, books, magazines, web sites, and collected just out of curiosity. As far as I know it is 100% accurate but some may challenge that. I am glad to see more and more interested parties are adding to it. Their must be many more companies out there who are engaged in Six Sigma.
Please note that I have not catalogued many foreign companies even though you see them advertising within the web site for experienced Master Black Belts, Black Belts and Green Belts.
Thanks for your question, and apologize that I do not have the URL’s for each company..January 27, 2004 at 11:34 pm #94712
Does anyone have a listing of healthcare agencies using SS?January 28, 2004 at 4:26 am #94720
Margo:I think you can raise this question at the special “healthcare”SS FORUM.Thank You. MMANJanuary 28, 2004 at 6:23 pm #94753
American Express has also been deeply committed to Six Sigma for the past 3 years.March 17, 2004 at 2:35 pm #96996
Looking for some assistance.
What I am looking for adds a little twist to the topic at handI am trying to find out what companies within the Direct Marketing world have or are currently implementing six sigma. If you can be of any assistant it would be greatly appreciated
Thanks!March 28, 2004 at 11:01 pm #97489
OMNOVA, Inc.May 4, 2004 at 6:38 pm #99713
The Dept of Defense agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, is currently using and implementing Six Sigma methodologies in accordance with DoD’s transformation efforts.May 27, 2004 at 12:36 pm #100828
GMMCO Limited, a Caterpillar Dealer in India started deploying 6 Sigma since September 2002 and is in Commitment phase.
With 4 Dedicated Black Belts and One Master Black Belt, GMMCO is in the process of getting into Embedding phase.June 14, 2004 at 2:10 am #101647
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated has implemented Six SigmaJune 14, 2004 at 3:14 am #101648
what phases are you talking about?.can you pls describe.
Waiting…June 14, 2004 at 4:52 am #101649
Good effort in posting this list on the website. But i feel this list is not complete ..2 main companies which i know have been left out are: SAMSUNG and LG Electronics.June 14, 2004 at 6:14 am #101653
We are in th ephase of embedding ourselves the 6 Sigma methodology in our Organisation…
Our first Wave Black Belts ( 3 Numbers ) graduated in December 2002 and then we added 2 more Black Belts. Completed 7 Projects and 7 more projects are under various phases of DMAIC and DMEDI….
June 15, 2004 at 2:46 am #101733
I just started working in a Pharmaceutical company, where do they have Six Sigma? You have several of them listed. I don’t think your list has been vetted.
The FDA just recognized (in 2001) that the Pharmaceutical companies are way behind other manufacturers in process improvements. Reasons are many but the two big reasons are that the Pharmaceutical industry regard drug development and research as their core competence and not manufacturing and that the FDA regulates the hell out of their industry so if they change a process or optimize a process the FDA scrutinizes the heck out of them so why bother.
Well anyway, the FDA has come to understand this fact of life so they are pushing on the industry what they call ” Process Analytical Technology” (PAT). I’ve reviewed their language on this and it sounds to me like a Six Sigma tool kit. But I didn’t say those words.
So when I saw those Pharmaceutical companies on your list I know that this list is suspect.
OrlandoJune 15, 2004 at 4:43 am #101738
Just for fun I checked returns on these companies. I was able to find stock reports on 42 of the companies. The average 1 year return was 29.5%, with a standard deviation of 34.6% and a corresponding standard error of 5.3% and 95% confidence interval of 10.8%. This compares to about 21% for the NASDAQ, 15% for S&P500, and 14% for Dow. My impression was that more of these companies were NASDAQ rether than NYSE, but I didn’t record that data.It appears that 6S helps stock performance, but since the confidence interval overlaps the NASDAQ, we cannot reject the null hypothesis that the difference is due to random chance.I took the list provided at face value, didn’t check how long the companies had been doing 6S, and each company was weighted the same, no matter what the market cap was.
Tim FP.S.Mean 26.95809524
Standard Error 5.339405188
Standard Deviation 34.60330051
Sample Variance 1197.388406
Confidence Level(95.0%) 10.78315346June 15, 2004 at 4:51 am #101739
That should read 26.95%, not 29.5%, for the average return. I seem to have dropped the “6”Tim FJuly 1, 2004 at 4:33 pm #102798
I would be grateful if any body can forward the list to me.
BanalaJuly 1, 2004 at 4:48 pm #102801
Can i get the list of pharmaceutical companies which implemented and which are in the process of implementing six sigma in India and in the world.
BanalaJuly 14, 2004 at 6:50 am #103397
one more Solectron TechnologyJuly 14, 2004 at 8:44 pm #103442
A better question to ask is not who has started to implement Six Sigma but who are Six Sigma organizations – can I count them on my hands? Coming from automotive, I can say a lot of the companies listed (including Ford and Visteon) are a very long way from that achievement. That’s the list I want to see.July 29, 2004 at 4:05 am #104578
I was able to find data for 50 of the listed corporations.
The combined market capitalization for these 50 Six Sigma Companies is over 2 trillion dollars.
The market cap for just the top 10 (GE, MSFT, C, INTC, CVX, UPS, MMM, ABT, HPQ) is 1.5 trillion
For comparison, the market capitalization of the entire Nasdaq Index is around 3.3 trillion dollars.
It’s too bad the list isn’t more comprehensive with adoption dates (major companies are not listed such as FDC) It would be interesting to test the performance of companies in different market sectors that use Six Sigma against sector benchmark indices.
-WillJuly 29, 2004 at 12:22 pm #104600
Motorola was never purchased by a Japanese company – it is an American company. The Japanese did not “transform” Motorola quality – Motorola’s response to competition from Japan did.September 15, 2004 at 6:42 pm #107433
Thank you ever so much for the market analysis information. You cited ten companies, I apparently overlooked one. The list included GE, MSFT, C, INTC, CVX, UPS, MMM, ABT, and HPQ. Please let me know which I overlooked.
Thank you to everyone here as these discussions are quite enriching.
September 15, 2004 at 10:06 pm #107441
An addition – Raven Industries, Inc. since February 2001, complete 23 projects with gains ~$9.2 million, 1 MB, 1 BB, 12 GB’s.September 15, 2004 at 11:47 pm #107444
There are quite a few more companies currently using Six Sigma. A few off the top of my head are: American Express, Phelps-Dodge, Bank of America, Deloitte Consulting, Price Waterhouse Coopers…September 28, 2004 at 8:01 pm #108171
…and JLG ? So far as I know is JLG also working with Six Sigma…December 4, 2004 at 6:18 am #111714
Hi all and Geoff,
I just reformat the list into vertical format for easy to use with Excel, i thought it might help….
A.B. Dick Company
Advanced Micro Devices
Bristol Meyers – Squibb
Bryn Mawr Hospital
City of Austin, TX
City of Dallas, TX
Defense Mapping Agency
Delnosa ( Delco Electronics in Mexico)
Digital Equipment Corp
Electronic Systems Center
Florida Dept. of Corrections
Ford Motor Company
Kraft General Foods
Larson & Darby
Laser Magnetic Storage
Littton Data Systems
Los Alamos National labs
Nat’l Institute of Corrections
Nat’l Institute of Standards
Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
Rohm & Haas
Society of Plastics Egineers
Texas Commerce Bank
Texas Dept. of Transportation
United States Air Force
United States Army
XeroxMay 17, 2005 at 10:43 am #119612
I am an MBA candidate conducting research on the financial performance of Six Sigma companies.
I need a list of companies that implemented Six Sigma containing the corresponding DATE when these companies implemented Six Sigma. Is there any means to get to the implementation date for a company other than through searching news on each company separately??
I appreciate any help I can get.
Nada.June 10, 2005 at 6:28 pm #121208
I too would like listings of healthcare agencies using Six Sigma. I am located in South Carolina and would like to discuss what obstacles and successes they encountered during the MAIC process. My email address is email@example.com.
August 16, 2005 at 4:52 pm #125159
I’m preparing an mba tesis, and
August 16, 2005 at 4:54 pm #125161
I hope you are not doing it on a computer.
Good luckAugust 16, 2005 at 4:58 pm #125163
I’m Black Belt and also I just finished an MBA. Now I’m interested in writing a tesis about how companies implementing six sigma have a competitive advantage over those that doesn’t.
Does anybody know were can i get financial information related to this?
Martín Ghys from Argentina.
August 16, 2005 at 5:04 pm #125165
You can start with a search on this website. There is lots of information here.
If you have target companies or an industry segment you will usually find something in the annual report or on the website.
Stock analysts will put out some pretty good information as well.
Good luck.August 16, 2005 at 6:07 pm #125169
The George Group lists its clients’ financial performance has outpaced the S&P 500, FTSE, Nikkei, Dax adn other inductry performance indicators. They list their clients as follows:
DMC Stratex Networks
Ford Motor Company
H.B. Fuller Company
Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company
Rohm and Haas
Siemens Business Services
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
The Stanley Works
Young & RubicamYou may want to investigate each compan’y annual report for financial benefits associated to Lean Six Sigma initiatives.
Best WishesAugust 16, 2005 at 6:11 pm #125170
since this data is very hard to get and almost impossible to verify. Make it up, write your paper and see how many CEO’s will develop thier strategy with it.
As I always say: “path of least resistance”
StevoOctober 25, 2005 at 3:39 pm #128822
iGate Global Solution Ltd, Bangalore using Six Sigma Methodology in his BSP / BPO division.January 29, 2006 at 11:24 pm #133060
Intrawest, based out of Vancouver, is also coming on board with Lean Six Sigma methodolgy. They are one of the largest ski/mountain, real estate, vacation tours, and golf companies in North America.June 2, 2006 at 4:26 pm #138554
Ernest Boateng OkrahParticipant
Add Ghana Bauxite Company Limited to the list.January 16, 2007 at 5:02 am #150611
Schneider ElectricJanuary 16, 2007 at 7:22 pm #150641
You can add ING Group and our subsidiaries to the list.January 17, 2007 at 6:38 pm #150688
Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals is not on the list and I know for a fact they are doing Six Sigma in a big way. I have been in their war rooms and seen their facility and met their black belts.
So you can add one to the list!January 17, 2007 at 9:09 pm #150695
Add Flowserve Corporation to the list too.January 17, 2007 at 10:16 pm #150700
Follow Dilbert’s advice and check the companies on the bottom of the Fortune 500 list.March 29, 2007 at 3:46 am #154144
Add Cookson Electronics/Enthone to that listAugust 9, 2007 at 6:54 pm #159745
This is great information… thank you
This will help me to research what these companies (specifically) are doing, to help me jusitfy implementation of six sigma in my workplace.
August 9, 2007 at 7:19 pm #159748
Martin, I undertook a task similar to this a few months ago. I went to most of the websites of the larger SS training firms and copied their client lists (there for public viewing; nothing proprietary) – most all have lists of firms they’ve trained.
I found over 440 firms listed (in the US). Now whether all continue to maintain a SS program or not I can’t tell you but the training firms are boasting of having trained there.February 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm #168514
My company produces recognition products for six sigma uses. does anyone have a comprehensive list of companies in the USA or Canada who practice six sigma?February 25, 2008 at 6:29 pm #168977
Have you also found the types of Six Sigma projects for each company (function, department, scope, etc.) and the implementation yeras for those projects?
Dr. Yasin Ozcelik
Professor of Information Systems & Operations ManagementMarch 20, 2008 at 3:28 am #169879
Could you pleace let us know of the 440 six sigma projects list.
ThanksMarch 20, 2008 at 6:18 am #169889
Are they still 115?May 16, 2008 at 6:46 am #172020
Thanks…. It is useful for me…
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