Factory Tours

& Site Visits

Go, Look, See is a vital part of the learning experience. You will visit companies on their own journey, giving you the chance to benchmark your own progress and see new ideas in practice.

Go, Look, See is a vital part of the learning experience.

You will visit companies on their own journey, giving you the chance to benchmark your own progress and see new ideas in practice.

We have seven site visits for delegates to choose from at our 2019 conference.

SITE VISIT - The BBC, Salford Quays
DAY TWO 09:15

Can you apply lean management in a highly creative industry? The answer is yes, and by visiting the BBC you will see and hear a remarkable journey that since 2012 that has engaged and transformed the way people work at the BBC. Attendees will learn about BBC Spark, an in-house team that brings resources, skills, ideas and methodologies to help other parts of the BBC think differently about the way they work and change it for the better. The visit will be conducted at the BBC’s Salford Quays centre and will include:

  • Case study from ‘BBC Transformation, Change & Improvement (TCI)’
  • Behind the scenes tour of BBC Sport
  • Behind the scenes tour of Radio 5 Live
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SITE VISIT - JAGUAR LAND ROVER HALEWOOD OPERATIONS
DAY TWO DEPART HOTEL 08:00

Halewood Operations is home to the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the
Range Rover Evoque. Located in the North West of England, the Halewood
plant employs almost 5,000 people. The plant has a reputation for excellent
manufacturing quality and is recognised throughout the industry as a centre of
excellence for Lean manufacturing. This is a full guided tour of the Halewood
Operations from press shop to final assembly and despatch. Although
there will be no formal presentations, you will witness the full process,
automation and assembly of the UK’s biggest automotive manufacturer.

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SITE VISIT - AMAZON FULFILMENT CENTRE MANCHESTER
DAY TWO 09:15

The visit to the Amazon Fulfilment Centre will be a fascinating visit for anyone who wants to see what happens when they click ‘Buy’ on the Amazon website. Built in 2016, the site is highly automated with Amazon Robotics. The tour is a generic tour and NOT focused on Operational Excellence, however attendees will take a close look at the daily job of employees at work. Delegates will observe many of the key processes and technologies of the fulfilment centre (and may even have a go themselves), right through from picking to packing, where items are carefully parcelled up in Amazon’s famous brown boxes before being sent on their way to customers.

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SITE VISIT - HEIMBACH
DAY TWO DEPART HOTEL 09:00

Hemibach is a global supplier of products for the paper industry. With a legacy dating back to 1811, the company now employs 1,400 people across the world.The site in Manchester is part of the forming fabrics division, supplying high-value quality driven fabrics for use in paper manufacture. All products produced on site are made to order. The site in Manchester employs over 100 people. Operating on a make-to-order basis, the plant has eight weaving machines up to 14.6 metres wide.

Delegates will learn about the company’s approach to Continuous
Improvement and how they develop employees to drive cost reduction,
improve quality, delivery reliability and productivity.

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SITE VISIT - CRANE PAYMENT INNOVATIONS
DAY TWO DEPART HOTEL 08:50

Crane Payment Innovation designs and manufactures high performance
payment solutions for gaming, retail and kiosk, transportation
and vending applications across the globe. The North Manchester
site has 460 associates with an annual turnover of $148m

During the visit you will see and learn about their Continuous
Improvement journey, looking at strategy and policy deployment,
through to Kaizen and Visual Management.

Areas on the visit include PCB, final assembly, engineering design and injection moulding.

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SITE VISIT - GRAPHENE ENGINEERING & INNOVATION CENTRE (GEIC)
DAY TWO 09:15

This is an ideal visit for business owners, commercial leaders, engineers
and any delegate interested in the commercialisation of Graphene into
real-world applications.
Graphene was created at the University of Manchester and is the world’s
strongest and thinnest material at just one atom thick. A disruptive
technology with is a wide range of applications from healthcare,
aerospace to smart packaging and running shoes.
The visit hosted by James Baker, CEO of GEIC, will illustrate is
supporting manufacturers in the commercialisation of graphene and
other 2D materials from the lab to the marketplace. The centre uses
Lean methodologies to accelerate the cycle time from Design, Make,
Validate, reducing time to market, increasing productivity and supporting
the development of the graphene supply chain.

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SITE VISIT - STADIUM TOUR: MANCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
DAY TWO DEPART HOTEL 09:25

Go behind the scenes at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. Take a tour of Old Trafford
and sit in your favourite player’s seat in the new home dressing room opened in
2018, walk through the players’ tunnel towards the pitch and sit in the manager’s
seat in the dugout. You’ll see the press room where the manager makes his
statement after each home game, and the VIP room that has hosted so many
big names over the years. After completing your behind the scenes tour, you’ll
get a personalised certificate to commemorate your visit to Old Trafford.

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10/10, excellent conference, really useful talks to a good standard, excellent round table discussions

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