I just returned from a couple of days in Monterrey Mexico helping a couple of friends. As part of a broader government initiative to improve the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises a conference was held to help communicate and spur interest in lean manufacturing methods.The entity charged with spearheading the effort is “CCM” (CENTRO DE COMPETITIVIDAD DE MONTERREY) a leader in the implementation of lean principles.
I gave a short one hour speech and multiple companies with strong track records in lean presented and gave tours of their operations. Here are a few pictures from the conference and a link to the presentation (click here). The thrust of the presentation centered around some things companies could get started to do base off of Toyota’s history when it was a small company and starting to improve its competitiveness.