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2011 Factory Visit

Topic:  Lean in Steelcase Manufacturing (Dong Guan)

Speaker:  Representative from Steelcase Manufacturing

Factory's Name:  Steelcase

Background:  Steelcase is the global leader in the office furniture industry.  It offers a comprehensive portfolio of workplace products, furnishings and servicesec, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world's leading organizations. 

Steelcase starts its continuous improvement journey since 1985 and achieved the milestone of lean enterprise in 2009.  It sets an excellent example of applying Lean in manufacturing industry.

This visit is targeted for participants to understand more about how Lean can be implemented in China factory and how to overcome the difficulties.

We gathered at China on 6 December 2011 at 10:30 a.m. and went together with 25 ISSC members.   Steelcase lunched with ISSC members and the group went to the factory after lunch.  Steelcase introduced their lean journey and how they develop their lean taskforce within 2 years.  Now they are moving to another Lean Improvement year and they expected to grasp significant improvement in both efficiencies as well as professional task force in the upcoming years.  

We would like to express our heartful thanks to Steelcase for their great support.  Wish Steelcase all success in its lean journey! 






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