This summer the Shingo Institute (part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University), travelled across Ireland visiting manufacturing sites to showcase Ireland’s world-class performance in the area of operational excellence. Ireland has the most Shingo awards of any country per capita in the world, with seven companies receiving a total of eight prestigious awards, described as the Nobel prize for manufacturing.
All seven companies are members of the Innovation & Lean Sigma Skillnet, which supported the companies by facilitating a combination of specialized lean training, and knowledge-sharing best practice visits. The network is continuing its good work in this space. It has run 13 best practice visits already this year with over 130 companies and 260 employees participating.
Dermot O’Neill, Board member of the Shingo Institute and Network Manager for the Innovation & Lean Sigma Skillnet, said “The Shingo Tour of Ireland is a great example of knowledge sharing from across the globe. Not only is Ireland seen as a centre of excellence in light of our numerous Shingo awards, but is also gaining a reputation for having a strong collaborative environment and a great place to do business.”
Leading the visit was Mr. Shaun Barker, Director of Operations and Assessment for The Shingo Prize. The touring party also included Mr Ritsuo Shingo, the son of Dr. Shigeo Shingo. (Dr. Shigeo Shingo was a Japanese engineer credited for his contribution to Lean and in particular the now famous Toyota production system). Mr Ritsuo Shingo has followed in his father's footsteps and is a world recognized lean expert. The contingent representing the Shingo Institute and a number of global organisations, visited a total of seven sites in Ireland including Meda Rottapharm (Dublin), Abbott Diagnostics (Longford), Analog Devices (Limerick) and Abbott Vascular (Clonmel).
The IDA presented to the visitors in Abbott (Longford), sharing Ireland’s success story as a destination for FDI. Paul Veale, Midlands Representative for the IDA, in addressing the visitors said: “Manufacturing continues to be hugely significant to Ireland and IDA Ireland supported companies currently employ more than 95,000 people in manufacturing jobs. This visit is further recognition that Ireland is a leading location for manufacturing activities with particular emphasis in the area of talent, culture and operational excellence which delivers sustainable results over the long term. These are key considerations for our clients in their decisions to invest in Ireland”.
For further information see http://www.shingoprize.org/
Pictured at Shingo tour site Abbott Diagnostics Longford: Dermot O’Neill, Innovation & Lean Sigma Skillnet; Stephen Kelleher, Abbott Diagnostics Longford; Mr. Ritsuo Shingo, Shingo Institute; Ciaran Corcoran, Abbott Diagnostics Longford; and Paul Veale, IDA Midlands Region.