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There is a general misconception that LEAN manufacturing principles are of benefit to continuous processes and that it should not be introduced to companies who are batch driven. However LEAN principles and methodology are tools which can and do benefits both processes if the correct procedures and training are in place.

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Most executive search and selection firm’s claim they operate on an international basis, what this ultimately means is that they source executives from English speaking countries including the USA and Australia. This means that exceptional candidates from other parts of the world may be by-passed because of perceived language barriers.

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Just In Time, like other Lean principles is a “buzz” word which has been thrown around the manufacturing and engineering industry for over 3 decades. However despite the TPS (Toyota Production System) being the way forward to becoming a market leader, companies and its workforce are not really implementing JIT to its fullest and are failing to grasp the key ingredients necessary to reap the rewards. JIT is a process by which a company improves its ROI by reducing inventory and all associated carrying costs. Working alongside other Lean systems and principles such as Kanban, it not only aids in a healthier ROI, it improves quality and efficiency.

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LEAN manufacturing principles have been implemented over the last 2 decades with a great deal of success in the UK manufacturing and engineering sector and are still a major topic of conversation, from the shop floor up to board level.

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Executive Recruitment organisations often over time become the eyes and ears of their customers, constantly being on the lookout for exceptional candidates who will add significant value to the businesses they represent.

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Originating from the Japanese word for Visual and Card, Kanban systems were first introduced and brought into the limelight by Toyota as early as the 1950’s. TPS – Toyota Production System implemented Kanban systems into their storage and transport containers and was simply a card which identified part numbers and capacity to each container being transported. Kanban systems use visual aids to indicate when a process on the production line has been completed or needs more materials / time spent on it. Pull production systems is based on customer demands and getting this right means a company is on the path to becoming LEAN.

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The general perception of an executive recruit consultant is that for a given assignment they would directly approach suitable individuals that they feel would be suitable for the opportunity they are representing.

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Sweet manufacturer Haribo plans to open a new factory and distribution facility in Leeds, West Yorkshire in 2013

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Yorkshire based metal manufacturer Firth Rixson have landed a deal worth $300m to supply aerospace systems provider Honeywell.The deal includes support from various Honeywell sites and Firth Rixson sites in both US and Europe including Yorkshires Sheffield site.

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LEAN is a process of “getting the right things, to the right place, at the right time, in the right quality whilst minimising waste.” Lean manufacturing principles/ tools include 5’S, JIT (just in time), Kaizen, Kanban, and Value Stream Mapping. These visual tools are all good but the question would be whether 6 months down the line can organisations sustain their strategy and leadership?

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