Blog Articles

Sep 16th 2014

The Future of Lean

Too often we see the initial efforts of a Lean Implementation fall by the wayside because there is too much emphasis on just applying tools. Many practitioners portray Lean as just a collection of tools and miss the deeper opportunities that these principles bring.… Read more

Aug 26th 2014

Kaituna Sawmill a Quiet Achiever

One of the Marlborough’s important economic assets is Kaituna Sawmill, a short distance from the Wairau River bridge. The Nelson Forests-owned company employs more than 60 people and supports many more suppliers, contractors and service providers in the region. … Read more

Aug 19th 2014

Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan – Tour Report for May 2014

The Australian Industry Group Lean Japan Tour was held during the 18th through 24th of May in Tokyo and Nagoya showcasing the rich history that Japanese industry has in the fields of lean manufacturing, industrial engineering and continuous improvement (kaizen). The tour has been an annual initiative of the Australian Industry Group and ANZCCJ member Shinka Management for the past eight years and is designed to provide companies with lean training and first-hand experience of the world-class application of lean manufacturing within Japanese industry.… Read more

Aug 12th 2014

McCashin’s Brewery strikes ‘Gold’ again in London

Nelson based McCashin’s Brewery has once again swooped gold at this year’s prestigious
International Beer Challenge Awards in London.
McCashin’s Brewery picked up a string of awards including a Gold medal for the Stoke Dark,
four Silvers for Stoke Bomber Oatmeal Stout, Stoke Amber, Stoke Pilsner and Stoke Bomber
Biscuit Lager and five Bronze medals for Stoke Bomber Bohemian, Stoke Recognition DPA,
Stoke Recognition Rich Porter, Stoke IPA and Stoke Gold.… Read more

May 28th 2014

Dan Jones – Lean and Operational Excellence

It is a mistake to think of lean as just one of the many tools in the Operational Excellence portfolio. Operational Excellence is really a catch all label for many different “best practices”. Lean on the other hand is a very specific set of interlocking practices, tools and behaviours derived from a very clear reference model.… Read more

Jan 9th 2014

Manufacturers Monthly – Tour Report for November 2013

In November, Shinka Management, in conjunction with the Australian Industry Group, conducted a lean manufacturing study tour of Japan. The tour provided Australian industry leaders with first-hand experience of world-class lean implementation in a country renowned for its productivity, quality and safety levels.… Read more