Any manufacturing director will confirm that visiting other best practice factories can prove vital in improving operations and moving towards excellence. Now there is an even quicker way to gain unique and invaluable insight into how to achieve manufacturing excellence: through reading the in-depth report on UK manufacturing, The Making of Britain's Best Factories, produced by Management Today and Business Intelligence.
The report, written by three of the Management Today Britain's Best Factory Awards judges - Dr Malcolm Wheatley, Management Today's representative judge, together with Professor Colin New and Marek Szwejczewski from Cranfield University - draws upon four years of in-depth investigation into the state of manufacturing in the UK. Data on several hundred factories has been analysed and benchmarked.
With as many as 40 statistical tables, the report provides a unique guide to best practice performance. It contains winning performance statistics on such measures as best practice lead times, batch processing times, proportion of capacity used for changeovers, empowerment and function, and ex-stock service level and inventory record accuracy.
Based on case studies derived from 20 past Best Factory Award winners, the report analyses how best to achieve the highest performance with regard to lead times and changeover, cost structure, inventory profile, employee profile, product innovation and the role of management.
Whether readers are in the process, engineering, electronics or household goods industries, the figures in this report will enable them to gain an instant picture of where their company stands in the industry league table. It provides unique benchmark data which is invaluable to any management team planning or following a strategy towards manufacturing excellence.
For copies of the The Making of Britain's Best Factories, price £445, please contact Business Intelligence, Third Floor, 22-24 Worple Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 4DD (telephone: 0181 879 3355 or fax: 0181 879 1122).