In addition to the two-day, Smart Manufacturing Conference - 23 - 24 January 2006, Muscat Inter-Continental Hotel - PEIE (www.peie.om) is encouraging Gulf-based manufacturers to attend a special, pan-sector, half-day Lean Enterprise Workshop scheduled for 25 January 2006 at Knowledge Oasis Muscat (www.kom.om) led by Mark Eaton, Director Consultancy, Advance Projects Ltd.
Many have tried to implement lean production in their businesses - some have succeeded, while many have struggled. Lean can be a key competitive advantage in all types of businesses, especially manufacturing, giving them shorter, more responsive production, more effective ‘office’ processes and higher productivity. This drive for ever better performance is a hard path to follow and sustain.
Eaton's workshop doesn't promise magic recipes - instead it offers manufacturers the chance to hear what it takes from those - big and small - who have lived through successful lean transformations. In particular, the workshop will highlight Lean case studies (http://kanban.blogspot.com) drawn from manufacturing, the armed forces (www.rand.org/publications/RB/RB80) and the health sector (www.strategy-business.com/resilience/rr00013) .
According to Eaton: "The Workshop is intended to show manufacturers how to use the three key tools to start on a lean journey. They'll learn to see the waste in their organization's value streams, how to create a continuous flow in their processes and how to improve customer service and cut costs by re-configuring their supply chains."
Should you wish to attend the Smart Manufacturing Conference or the Lean Enterprise Workshop then e-mail PEIE's Ibtisam Al Faruji on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on Mark Eaton can be viewed at: www.iee.org/oncomms/pn/manufacturing/biogs.cfm