SHANGHAI, China — Two creative manufacturing projects from Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd (JMC), Ford’s commercial vehicle business partner in China, won two top prizes at the 2013 Kaizen (meaning continuous improvement) Expo.
The 2013 Kaizen Expo is a platform to exhibit manufacturing improvement for large industrial enterprises. More than 60 local and international companies, including Shanghai Volkswagen, Nanjing Automobile, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Lenovo Electronics were part of the event.
The judging panel were impressed with the two projects from the “Beyond Workgroup” of the stamping plant and “PUMA Connecting Rod Workgroup” of the engine plant on creatively improving the manufacturing processes, which further promotes the Kaizen spirit.
The two projects won the First Prize of Medium Program and the Most Popular Improvement Award respectively.
“JMC projects are top-levelled, innovative Kaizen cases, setting up good role models for others,” said Zhuang Wentao, senior production improvement expert, who was on the judging panel of the expo. “These improvements also showcase effective cross-team cooperation between engineers and manufacturing personnel.”
This was the second consecutive year for JMC to pick up titles at the Kaizen Expo. The organizing committee invited Yang Yannan, JMC Manufacturing Department, to address the audience as a guest speaker at the expo.
“JMC is always aiming for better effectiveness without sacrificing quality,” Yan said during his “JMC’s Perseverance on Lean Production” speech.
Building on the advanced managing systems from Ford, JMC has been actively encouraging its employees to find innovative and safe ways to do their jobs.
“We were certainly impressed by the creativeness of the manufacturing personnel at JMC,” said Zhuang. “This is what we have been looking for.”