AIDN-VIC Leadership program is a $2m success

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Participants completing the AIDN-VIC Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program for 2014 were presented with their Graduation Certificates at a ceremony 9th December.

Each graduating team presented the results of the project they had undertaken within their business during the course of the program and the results were outstanding!

Sponsoring companies expect to benefit from increased revenues or reduced operating costs of $2,110,000 per annum through continued implementation of the projects initiated during this AIDN program.

Winner of the Best Project 2014 were Ian Johnson and Joanne Preston from AME Systems, Ararat.   They demonstrated how their project to improve factory lay-out within the Pre-Assembly area will reduce the time to move product from process to process by 81% and eliminate non-value-adding product movement. These changes will free-up available production capacity of 6,100 hours every year and these benefits will increase as the project principles are applied to other areas of the factory. Ian & Joanne are presented with their award by Michelle Brown
David Wylie and Keiran Johnson
The Young Achievers Award 2014 was won by Keiran Johnstone and David Wylie of Flexible Drive, Kensington, who showed how leadership skills and innovation applied at the shop floor level can have a positive effect on performance and productivity in a manufacturing environment.

During the course of the ten months program, participants applied their learnings from the Leadership, Innovation and Lean Manufacturing elements of the program to conduct an in-house business improvement project.

Participants were required to demonstrate their leadership skills to plan, organise and implement an innovative projects of value to their companies.

Stephen Harvey, President of AIDN-VIC said “This is a fantastic program, which has certainly helped our members create significant value in their businesses.”

The Directors at Roaring Success said “This is a great program for improving the leadership skills of your top team. The companies that embrace the idea of helping their leaders to improve end up gaining significantly – not only from having more capable people in the management team, but also from the improved performance and results that the company is then able to achieve. The proof is in the project results.”

This program was supported by a grant from the Victorian Government under the “Manufacturing Productivity Networks” initiative.