The planned stops to production have meant we are playing Kaizen catch up with our monthly recognition events, but October’s crown was scooped by someone very special who retired from the business before the Christmas Shutdown.
John Shaw-Twigg, from Plant Quality, has been an employee of Halewood for 34 years, and before leaving made sure he went out with a bang by raising one last crakin' Kaizen.
John sourced a replacement spray gun that is used to perform the daily brake fluid quality checks.
The spray gun John had used for over 20 years and is now obsolete broke a couple of months before his retirement and the cost to replace it with the current model was £650.
Keen to make a savvy saving for the business, John looked on Ebay with his supervisor and found a spray gun identical to his old spray gun for just £10.
George Gresty, Plant Quality manager, said: “Not only did John find a new spray gun at a fraction of the price, but it was also paid for by John and his supervisor. John has been a real asset to our business- we will all miss him and wish him the very best in his retirement.”
Transforming our business and committing to quality through small, continuous improvements by raising a Kaizen is a key way that employees can play their part in Refocus transformation. You know your processes better than anyone else so continue to communicate your ideas for improvement to your Group Leader or Production Leader.