RECOGNISING MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE: EBERSPÄCHER SOUTH AFRICA WINS INAUGURAL FACTORY OF THE YEAR AWARD
The first Factory of the Year (FotY) award has been presented to Eberspächer South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
FotY performance is evaluated based on six key dimensions:
• Customer satisfaction: Customer feedback and market share growth
• Quality: Quality of products and services, process quality and quality costs
• Value creation: Value creation with respect to capital employed
• Economics: Cost management, personnel productivity, asset productivity and resource efficiency
• Agility: Volume flexibility, customer focus and lead times
• Innovation: Speed and innovation success
The jury acknowledged Eberspächer South Africa, leading manufacturer of exhaust systems, as being a highly efficient manufacturer, with a balanced score across all dimensions assessed, scoring within the top quintile of global benchmarks within the “Quality” dimension. In addition, Eberspächer South Africa’s advanced use of robotics and automation has brought about efficiency gains for the factory in recent years.
In addition, four “excellence” awards were given to participants which performed exceptionally well in a specific dimension of the FotY competition. Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd was recognised for Excellence in Large Scale Production with Nyamezela Metering (Pty) Ltd acknowledged for Excellence in Small Scale Production. The Excellence in Digitisation award was given to Atlantis Foundries (Pty) Ltd and Nampak Ltd (Bevcan Rosslyn) won the award for Excellence in Resource Efficiency.
Factory of the Year is a global annual benchmarking competition that has been running for over 25 years and is recognised as the toughest benchmarking test for companies in the production arena. The competition has benchmarks and best practices from over 2,000 factories across all industries and over 30 countries. This initiative was launched in 2018 in South Africa by A.T. Kearney in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Manufacturing Circle and Manufacturing Indaba.