Continental "5S Best in Class"
Continental Electronics Plants Again Receive "5S Best in Class" Certification from Kaizen Institute
- Award for continuous improvement of management and organization
- Automotive electronics production sites recertified following initial certification in 2016
- Achievement of at least 95 percent in aspects such as workplace safety and ergonomics, productivity, efficiency and employee integration
Regensburg, January 12, 2018. The electronics plants of technology company Continental have once again received “5S Best in Class” certification from Kaizen Institute. Certification by this institute recognizes companies that strive to continuously improve their management and organization. Last year, the global network of Continental electronics plants was the first global plant network to receive certification of this kind. The certificate was presented on January 11 in Regensburg, Germany.
"The recertification of our automotive electronics production sites is proof of the sustainable way in which we have embedded the KAIZEN™ principles of ongoing improvement in our organization. We are delighted that the Kaizen Institute has again confirmed us to be among the best in our sector," said Dr. Hans-Jürgen Braun, head of the 30 Continental electronics plants.
Achievement of 95 percent
The Kaizen Institute awards "5S Best in Class" certification to companies that display the very highest standards and discipline in the management and organization of their work processes. The abbreviation "5S" stands for the five steps that lead to improvements: (1) creating functional, safe and ergonomic workplaces; (2) increasing productivity, efficiency, quality, process reliability, order and cleanliness; (3) reducing inventories, errors, costs, as well as throughput and processing times; (4) integrating all employees to increase identification with the workplace and to ensure sustainability; and (5) increasing customer satisfaction.
The audit conducted by the Kaizen Institute examined all of these aspects in terms of how they are implemented in companies on a day-to-day basis. The “5S Best in Class” certification confirms that the audited production sites achieved a degree of fulfillment of at least 95 percent in all aspects under analysis.
The audit conducted by Kaizen Institute examines all of these aspects in terms of how they are implemented in companies on a day-to-day basis. This "5S Best in Class" certification awarded to Continental by Kaizen Institute confirms that the audited production sites achieved a degree of fulfilment of at least 95 percent in all aspects under analysis.
The Japanese term "KAIZEN" – which is made up of "kai", meaning "change", and "zen", meaning "for the better" – describes the continuous improvement of activities, procedures, processes and products within a company by all of its employees. Kaizen Institute was founded in 1985 and employs more than 400 KAIZEN™ experts, who work for various industries in more than 60 countries all over the world.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2017, Continental generated preliminary sales of around €44 billion and currently employs more than 233.000 people in 56 countries.
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