The new North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) has kicked off its programme of best practice workshops with a visit to Washington-based parts manufacturer R-TEK.
Best practice workshops form an essential part of NEAA’s Business Excellence Programme, which was the first industry working group developed by the organisation.
R-TEK hosted a workshop focused on Shopfloor Best Practice, outlining the company’s approach to dynamic planning, smart technology real-time monitoring and lean manufacturing.
Plant manager Peter Watson said: “I very much enjoyed hosting the best practice event and it was a good platform to meet with representatives from different industries.
“Holding a workshop like this was valuable for sharing best practice and talking through solutions to common problems. I’m personally looking forward to the next company best practice event arranged through NEAA.”
Launched in March, the NEAA aims to strengthen the region’s automotive sector through shared ideas, promotion, innovation, business excellence and strategic leadership.
It is really important for manufacturing companies of all sizes to understand what world class Best Practice looks like.NEAA Business Excellence Specialist Stuart McGivern
NEAA Business Excellence Specialist Stuart McGivern said: “It is really important for manufacturing companies of all sizes to understand what world-class Best Practice looks like.
“The R-TEK visit has enabled companies with existing knowledge to see what can be achieved when an R-TEK shopfloor approach is adopted.
“I was very impressed with R-TEK’s true spirit of sharing their business expertise. It will encourage other companies to see the value of dynamic planning and smart technology whilst not ignoring the basic shopfloor practices that support any organisations improvement.
“The team at NEAA will then engage with those companies who attended to understand if there is a requirement for a focus group on the visit subject areas and what are the vital few improvements that they can implement.”
The NEAA now works with more than 60 firms across the region and is currently looking for eligible North East SMEs to take part in a European Regional Development Fund Programme.
CEO Paul Butler said: “Business Excellence forms one of our core streams of activity, and the best practice visits are a clear demonstration of industry-led approach. We believe these visits are essential in improving the practical knowledge of the automotive supply chain.”