16 December 2019
ACOEM ECOTECH Industries staff joined by representatives of ACOEM’s global manufacturing and supply chain management teams at the ACOEM ECOTECH Industries facility in Indore, India – Nov 2019
The importance of working collaboratively across the various businesses of the ACOEM Group was a key takeout of this year’s ACOEM Global Manufacturing Forum. Hosted by ACOEM ECOTECH Industries in Indore, India, it was an opportunity for operational and supply chain management to witness firsthand the benefits of implementing world’s best practice in a manufacturing facility.
The three-day forum took place from 19-21 November and included a dozen participants from ACOEM businesses in Australia, France, India and Sweden. They were joined by a select group of local suppliers as part of ACOEM ECOTECH Industries’ ongoing commitment to supplier engagement.
Adding value through international collaboration
The purpose of the forum was predominantly to showcase the facility’s best practice principles in operation. However, more so, it was an avenue to share knowledge and potentially create even greater synergies between the various manufacturing arms of the ACOEM Group.
The group toured the facility, observed production methods, attended seminars and presentations, and learnt how they might implement some of these best practice concepts in their own operations.
Built in 2015, ACOEM ECOTECH Industries’ Indore factory is world-class. For most attendees it was their first time in India, and they were impressed with the high standards of operations achieved in such a short time frame. Feedback from the participants was very positive.
“Under the guidance of ECOTECH’s Group Operations Manager, Yunesh Naidu, the facility has grown from strength to strength,” commented ECOTECH Managing Director James Agius.
Showcasing world’s best practice in manufacturing
“Over the past 18 months we have introduced a series of operational enhancements including LEAN manufacturing principles and the 5S system of visual management which have improved organisational efficiency and operational effectiveness across the board,” said Yunesh.
While the main focus of the activities over the three days was on operations, the forum clearly identified the added benefit of global sourcing.
The ability to source globally as a single entity and negotiate larger commercial contracts with suppliers will mean significant cost savings that ACOEM can then pass on to customers,” remarked James.
“There is also potential in the near future for some of ACOEM’s European manufacturing to migrate to India, again creating economies of scale at ACOEM ECOTECH Industries in Indore. With significantly lower cost base, exceptional production capabilities and the highest standard of operational management, it makes sense to do so,” he added.
Overall, the value of these forums extends far beyond the immediate learnings of the group and possible adoption of some of the processes. ECOTECH operational teams in India and Australia are looking forward to the next meet up as yet another way to build a stronger future for ACOEM as a global entity.