15 November 2017
Around two years ago, Rompa Group introduced the lean method within its organisation. Today, every single employee has come into contact with this methodology. Rompa CZ and Rompa China avoid wastefulness in a variety of ways during dozens of large- and small-scale projects. It is time to look back – and forward – with Malcolm Ford, executive director of Rompa CZ, and Anderson Wang, general manager of Rompa China.
Lean was widely implemented within Rompa. “It is part of our very nature to constantly look for ways to make processes even more efficient, add value and improve our services,” Malcolm explains. “That was not the case a few years ago. Back then, we were so focused on growth that we sometimes lacked the time to step back and take a critical look at what we were doing. We created new systems for every new client. That is the very opposite of lean. We understood very well that we had to make some changes. That was the start of lean within our organisation.”
Help from the Czech government
Rompa CZ received help from the Czech government during the implementation of the lean methodologies. Malcolm: “The government helps organisations adopt the principles of lean and thereby improve their performance, so the organisation can grow and create new employment opportunities. That subsidy came in handy, because proper training programs to make a production site entirely lean is not cheap. Next, all employees began lean training and we identified areas of improvement via value stream mapping sessions. This revealed a lot of improvement opportunities in terms of avoiding the waste of materials and time. Our operating system, which we use to inspect our daily activities, revealed that we needlessly repeated certain actions. That had to improve!”