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Wilsonart UK adopts Lean Six Sigma collaborative business approach
Wilsonart UK, one of the largest manufacturers of decorative surfaces, has adopted the internationally recognised Lean Six Sigma techniques to help underpin their Operational Excellence strategy.
Designed to eliminate waste, reduce unwanted variation and improve process flow, Lean Six Sigma is a combination of two powerful methodologies brought together to enhance overall customer experience and value, whilst keeping staff happy and motivated.
The Lean Sigma programme was launched in 2015 in the UK and has now been deployed throughout Western Europe. With 88 registered projects and over 200 registered improvements to date, the foundations of this continuous improvement are being built on rapidly.
Scott Howdon, the UK continuous improvement manager and local Black Belt (which in Lean Six Sigma language means he's a full-time project leader) explains:
"Wilsonart is dedicated to driving its business forward to achieve the best possible standards of service and stability for customers and the markets within which it operates.
"Lean Sigma is a collaborative program that instils a nonstop enhancement culture. We already have a strong base of 18 certified DMAIC practitioners at various Belt levels."
Pictured is business information analyst Paul Emmerson, who holds a Green Belt (which demonstrates a focus on tools usage, DMAIC - Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control - and Lean principles application).
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