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The Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC, 2004) at Cardiff Business School highlighted that for most production operations the elimination of waste represents a huge potential in terms of manufacturing improvements.

Pie Chart

5% activities add value

35% are necessary non-value activities

60% add no value at all


What kind of results should you expect from a Lean implementation?


• Defects reduced by 20%
• Delivery Lead Times reduced by more than 75%
• On-Time Delivery improved to 99%
• Inventory (working capital) reduced by 75%
• 300% Return on Investment



Lean is a manufacturing strategy and a way of doing business with a set of tools that seek to conserve and harness all available resources to produce maximum value for the customer.


Lean has a strong bias for ACTION. It builds momentum in incremental steps and continuous improvements. The three main goals of Lean are to:


Identify value

Eliminate waste

Generate flow


It is important to emphasize that Lean is not just a cost reduction effort, or changing a few steps in our manufacturing process. Lean is about the complete change of business—how the supply chain operates, how the directors direct, how the managers manage, and how employees go about their daily work. Everything.