Manufacturing Connect at Aliaxis - lean enterprise and future innovation | EEF

Manufacturing Connect at Aliaxis - lean enterprise and future innovation

Our Manufacturing Connect events are hosted at manufacturers' facilities and include a factory tour, enabling best practice and information sharing with your peers. Our upcoming event will help you get the latest Lean and New Product Introduction (NPI) insight to embed initiatives that encourage a culture of innovation.

Lean methodology and the range of Lean techniques and tools available are at the very heart of helping businesses improve productivity, remain competitive and meet customer needs.

Manufacturers are faced with an ever-changing environment and, whilst many have difficulties in sustaining the initial benefits of Lean, it has been proven that continuing to develop longer term Lean programmes will bring greater production efficiencies and cost savings - leading to more opportunity to innovate and grow as industry moves to a more digitalised future.

At this event, we'll discuss the following:

  • Lean enterprise - the future of innovation, smarter products and smarter production
  • Fostering the right culture for innovation - a fresh approach and focus to embrace change to innovate and grow
  • Discover the best approach - where to focus your efforts for continuous improvement
  • Looking beyond Lean tools - what strategies and solutions can and should manufacturers embed now

What you will take away from this event:

  • Latest insight to enable you to embed initiatives that encourage a culture of innovation
  • A business leaders' perspective into the challenges and issues surrounding innovation and NPI, and how to overcome them
  • Opportunities to network, share best practice and solve problems together

Who should attend?

  • CEOs/MDs
  • Operations/Manufacturing Directors
  • HR Directors
  • Change Managers/Continuous Improvement Leaders

Attend if...

  • You are responsible for creating and deploying a strategy which focuses on profitable business growth
  • You are struggling to sustain the initial gains or you need to reinvigorate and kick start your continuous improvement programme
  • You want to ensure you embed the right improvement tools and strategies, to innovate and maximise on investment


Stan James, Managing Director, DHM Plastics (part of Aliaxis)

Stan is Managing Director of DHM Plastics, a £70m plant in the industrial building sector, which is part of Aliaxis - a £3 billion global organisation headquartered in Belgium.  DHM Plastics manufacture fluid handling systems for Hunter Plastics, Marley Plumbing & Drainage and Multikwik, for the residential and commercial markets. Previously Stan has worked in the automotive, food, consumer and entertainment sectors and has lived and worked in China for 2.5 years and Germany for 5 years, running and improving businesses. Stan holds an MBA in strategic management and a DMS with distinction from NELP, along with ONC and HNC’s in mechanical and electronic engineering.  He holds a master black belt in operational excellence, gained at Ohio state university in the USA


Patrick Lee, Manufacturing Growth Lead, EEF

Pat-lee EEF takes over ownership of NDI


09:15 Registration, tea & coffee, networking
09:30  Welcome and Introduction - Gayle Oliver, EEF Region Manager
09:40  How we started our journey to develop a lean culture and improve operational performance - Stan James, Managing Director, Aliaxis
09:55 Time to innovate - tips and tactics - Patrick Lee, Manufacturing Growth Lead, EEF
10:40  Comfort Break
10:50 Lean Project Presentation - Stan James, Managing Director, Aliaxis 
11:15 Panel discussion and audience debate on key issues - Gayle Oliver to chair
11:45  Factory Tour 
13:00  Lunch & networking 
13:30 Close 

EEF will not normally refuse entry to events, however it is our policy not to admit competitors of EEF or our host facility into Manufacturing Connect Events.

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