Winners of the 1997 Best Factory Awards share their secrets at the Best Factory Conference.
What makes a world-class factory? If that's too ambitious, what makes a first-rate, effective manufacturing unit? It may seem impossible to generalise when no two factories are the same but even the most disparate plants have something in common.
At this year's Best Factory Conference, chaired by Colin New, professor of management strategy at Cranfield School of Management, you can find out what puts UK factories ahead.
Speakers from ICI Paints, Krone (UK), CCL, Caradon Mira, Keltek Electronics, Autoglym, Arjo Wiggins Fine Paper, UDV Leven and Bertrand Faure Seating will show what made them winners of the coveted Management Today 1997 Best Factory Awards. These annual Awards are about recognising world-class standards in manufacturing excellence in British industry.
The Best Facory Conference takes place on 30 September and 1 October at Birmingham's NEC. The 1997 Judges' Special Award winner, ICI Paints, will open the main sessions, talking about the safety measures it has implemented, the environmental issues it had to address and the cellular operations that it has introduced to ensure an accident-free workplace.
CCL will talk about how it achieved preferred supplier status with its customers, United Distillers will reveal how it has implemented flexible working conditions, and Bertrand Faure will show the JIT techniques which enable it to supply car seats to Honda and Rover every 34 minutes.
For further information on the conference and booking, call Tania Cassell on 0171 413 4116.