Date: Friday, August 24th from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Code: MFG2
Presented by: Virginia Tech
• Urs Buehlmann, Professor: Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
• Mathias Schmitt, Management Consultant: White Rock, LLC
This workshop will focus on describing how Lean is used by the automotive supplier industry and how Lean thinking enables companies to survive in this cutthroat business environment. Serving a market that encompasses numerous suppliers but only a few, large buyers force suppliers to be highly competitive on a global scale. Which Lean tools are automotive suppliers exactly using to achieve this level of performance? How are the particular tools exactly implemented and continuously improved. What are the challenges these companies face with their Lean programs and how are they responding? This workshop will show examples to describe how automotive suppliers continuously improve their performance to sustain their business. The application of these tools used by automotive suppliers in woodworking companies will be discussed. Attendees will be able to contrast their own efforts against the examples given, which will allow attendees to use selected tools from automotive suppliers in their own operation.
About the Speakers:
Urs has more than 15 years of experience working in industry, including serving as General Manager of Enkeboll Designs, Carson CA.
Mathias has more than 10 years of experience working in industry and management consulting. He currently serves as a Regional Continuous Improvement Manager with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors and is the global lead on Value Stream Flow.
Other Session from Virginia Tech:
MFG1 - Industry 4.0 - Industry Status and Examples
MFG3 - Think Light - Benefits and Opportunities of Lightweight Materials