St. Petersburg, Florida – Jabil Shanghai was named the winner of this year’s Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Lean Best Practice Award in recognition of their efforts to drive innovation and Lean Six Sigma capabilities in optimizing manufacturing processes at their facility.
“The IIE 2014 Best Practice Award is truly a credit to the Shanghai team. The team exemplifies how Lean can impact our customers and our employees to create new opportunities and better society. We are very grateful for this award and all the hard work and dedication that it represents all across Jabil,” said Walter Garvin, vice president of Global Lean Six Sigma.
The award was presented to two of the Jabil Shanghai team members, Jack Chen and XuYu Feng, by IIE Executives at an awards ceremony in Montreal, Canada. The Jabil team beat out three other finalist projects from IBM, American Fidelity and Tata Group. Judged by IIE members and Lean experts from various industries, the team was ranked based on their innovation, clarity, tools used, results, and the project’s sustainability.
"I was extremely impressed by the Jabil Team presentation in the IIE 2014 Lean Best Practice Award competition. Jack Chen and Xu Yu Feng gave a clear and compelling story of Jabil's remarkable and effective Lean transformation in the Shanghai China plant. It was evident there was strong Jabil commitment at the top, great teamwork and an excellent use of a range of Lean tools and concepts throughout their innovative presentation. I have judged many world-class team excellence presentations and this ranks among the best,” said Dave Harry, IIE Lean Division Board of Directors and president & CEO, Process Whisperer.
The IIE competition was established four years ago to recognize the innovative and effective implementation of lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary performance improvements. Past winners come from some of the world’s leading organizations, including IBM, Xerox, the University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and MAS Linea Aqua.
“Our Shanghai team delivered an outstanding presentation and walked away with the Gold! The Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference and Expo was a great international platform to demonstrate how deeply Lean Six Sigma is embedded in our culture and to validate our progress. The success of our Shanghai team is representative of the capabilities in every site within Jabil and should be celebrated,” said Dave Couch, senior vice president, Jabil Nypro Healthcare.
Jabil’s Lean program was officially launched four years ago and now spans the company’s 90 plants in 33 countries delivering more than 71,000 improvement projects in 2013 alone. The company has been able to improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce variations, defects, costs and non-value added activities improving process value stream flow and delivering customer products in the most effective way. Many industry experts have recognized the Jabil Shanghai site for their Lean program and powerful capabilities. Jabil Shanghai produces various highly specialized medical and networking products.