Improvement techniques such as lean manufacturing initiatives and Six Sigma training helped one company realize benefits in waste reduction, productivity optimization, streamlined processes, improved efficiencies and cost reductions.

Employees at H.C. Starck's Calne plant display their Best Factory Awards plaque. The company's management credits its employees and new manufacturing techniques for the award.


H.C. Starck’s United Kingdom facility in Calne has received the Judges’ Special Award of the 20th Best Factory Awards 2011 for achievements in factory health and safety. In addition, H.C. Starck Calne was recognized for its At the Best Factory Awards 2011 from the Cranfield School of Management, one of Europe’s university management schools.

H.C. Starck introduced improvement techniques to its manufacturing operations, which included lean manufacturing initiatives, Six Sigma training and other improvement techniques that focus on customer satisfaction, product quality and on-time delivery. The Calne plant realized benefits in waste reduction, productivity optimization, streamlined processes, improved efficiencies and cost reductions from the manufacturing changes.

"We have ambitious growth targets which we can only achieve with satisfied customers," says Andreas Meier, H.C. Starck Group's CEO. "Therefore, the continuous improvement of our products and the efficiency of production processes are key factors for our business success."

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