November 2015 Newsletter


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Welcome to our November Newsletter.

We hope that you enjoy reading the BPN event reviews contributed by  members who have kindly offered their perspectives. We also have the presentations made by the companies on our website under the MEMBERS SECTION     (please contact Yvonne for your password).

AME INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE USA

AME Cincinnati USA

AME Cincinnati USA

I have just recently returned from the International AME CONFERENCE in Cincinnati that was attended by 2000 industry people. I had the pleasure of co facilitating a workshop with my TXM colleagues on Sustaining Cultural  Change  with participants from around the globe. We all have the same challenges!

 

The major themes coming out of this conference  – the American manufacturing sector is under the pump like ours, employee engagement and leadership is pivotal , innovation is essential and that massive change thru technology and digital disruption is underway. (For example Aus Post are now considering parcel delivery by drones!)It was stated that about 70% of the North American workforce is either passively or actively disengaged. Therefore the role of leadership at all levels within organisation is critical to engage, motivate employees and support continuous improvement. One of the keynote speakers indicated that his top lean measure was the amount of time that his leaders spent in the gemba. 

 

The keynote speaker from Google talked about their 70/20/10  rule for innovation. Employees do their normal job /role for 70% of their time, 20% in teams on CI projects and 10% on way out ideas. We are certainly not all like Google with their huge drive on innovation but we must work on developing a culture of gaining our employees’ ideas and input and commitment. In fact there was a recent news report outlining  how BHP has made substantial cost savings and performance improvement thru a new structured employee engagement program. This approach is not new thing but companies are realizing there is enormous upside if done well. 

 

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Upcoming Events

06/11/2015
Managing Your Global Supply Chains

19/11/2015
Kenwoth Trucks

3/12/2015
Operational Excellence National Summit

13/12/2015
BPN VIC Christmas Drinks

Our own Operational Excellence National Summit is coming up on Dec 3 in Melbourne. Come and hear how successful Australian leaders are pushing  thru their traditional boundaries to prosper and grow. Use this event to build new networks, swap and grow ideas and take new learnings back to your own work place. This event is free to BPN members and $900+gst pp for non members.

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VIC  10 Sep 2015  HOLDEN ENGINE PLANT SITE VISIT 
Holden Plant Tour

Holden Plant Tour

The visit to the Holden Engine Plant has been very inspiring to the group of people from Asahi Beverage Australia.

We had the opportunity to have four people attending the event, consisting not only of the VIC State Lean Manager, but also shop floor representatives from production, maintenance and quality.      Read More

Luca Chiasserini, Lean Manager – Victoria,  ASAHI BEVERAGES

VIC  23 Sep 2015  FORM 2000 SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP –
MANAGING PSYCHOSOCIAL HAZARDS IN YOUR WORKPLACE
Form 2000

Form 2000

Many of the attendees came into the session unsure about what is a ‘Psychosocial hazard’. What impacts our employees ability to perform at 100%? In majority of cases it’s their personal lives, So what can we do as employers to support people that are being impacted by a personal situation,  what are the potential risks to our businesses and how do we prevent or mitigate these risks.     

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Kerry Dykes                                                                                                                                        HR Business Partner – Operations,  SUGAR AUSTRALIA

VIC  6 Oct 2015  DENSO – BEST PRACTICES IN LEAN MAINTENANCE
Denso

Denso

There were about 20 participants from great companies around Melbourne, including  à BlueScope Steel, Asahi, Britax, Devondale, Calalent, Kinross, Marand, Sugar Australia, Anca, Note Printing Australia, Laminex and myself from CSR.  

Most of the participants were keen to learn about Denso’s TPM, Operator & Maintenance Team Engagement, Denso’s Maintenance KPI approach and their “Visual Factory” methods in support of Lean Maintenance Systems.

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Rick Terpstra, National Program Manager – CSR WAY

VIC  15 Oct 2015  LINFOX – PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT IN WAREHOUSING
Linfox Site Visit

Linfox Site Visit

On Thursday 15th Oct 15, Best Practice Network organised a presentation and site visit to the Linfox Coles DC at Truganina. This attracted 30 participants from a broad cross section of industry.

 

The presentation was hosted by the DC Manager, Phil McInerney. After the initial introductions, Phil detailed the 20 month journey that Linfox, as the site operator, had been on. Of particular note was the IR journey for this particular site relating to the management of absenteeism, overtime and work practices.  Read More 

 

Greg Dunn, Operations and Supply Manager PORTA

VIC  20 Oct 2015  NUFARM MOOT COURT
Nufarm Moot Court 20/10/15

Nufarm Moot Court 20/10/15

We all hope that we’ll never have to defend a serious workplace incident, injury or fatality in court, but do you really understand how to avoid this and your full responsibilities as a manager?Read MoreGeorge Fletcher                                                                                                                                        Operations Manager – Lyondellbasell

NSW 13 Oct 2015 ONTEX SITE VISIT
ONTEX Site Visit 3/10/15

ONTEX Site Visit 3/10/15

Today was not just a site visit. It was a well thought out living example of how a business: develops its strategy and values; builds these into their operational plans; gets buy-in from staff; follows up with accountability, reward and recognition; and builds a culture of success…Visits and professional presentations such as these beat all the books you can read.Read MoreJeremy Jacobs                                                                                                                                       CFO- Custom Bus Australia

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Victor Caune
Victor Caune 
Victorian Director

+61 413 718 986

victor@bestpracticenetwork.com.au

Gareth Brown
Gareth Brown 
NSW Director

+61 408 441 670

gareth@bestpracticenetwork.com.au

Yvonne Hubbard
Yvonne Hubbard 
Network Coordinator

+61 476 244 500

yvonne@bestpracticenetwork.com.au