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Operations Improvement
Our proven lean manufacturing techniques help plastics manufacturers use manpower, inventory, and time more effectively for overall operations improvement while at the same time becoming more responsive to customer demand and maintaining or improving quality.

Operations Improvement for Plastic Manufacturers

Being “lean“ mean eliminating wast and increasing profitability

The tight credit market is forcing plastics manufacturers to look for new ways of cutting costs. For immediate and sustainable impact on your bottom line, our plastics team can help you implement “lean” operating systems that will help with operations improvement. You can depend on the plastics team to come to your plant understanding the basics of your processes and quick to learn about your unique situation.

Our proven lean manufacturing techniques help plastics manufacturers use manpower, inventory, and time more effectively for overall operations improvement while at the same time becoming more responsive to customer demand and maintaining or improving quality.

Lean process development can also help you increase capacity and take advantage of work transferred from the plastics companies that are expected to close during the economic downturn. 

Put our multidisciplinary team to work for you

Our team includes lean manufacturing consulting experts, experienced managers, and engineers who understand plastics manufacturers. We serve more than 1,000 manufacturers, and more than 200 of them specialize in plastics.

You can benefit from the knowledge we gain from our annual comprehensive benchmarking survey of the plastics industry and its “best practices.” We can help with operations improvement and assist you in reducing waste and cost in: 

  • Material management 
  • Production processes 
  • Product and process design and launch 
  • Supply chains and inventory 
  • Distribution and logistics

 
Plante Moran plastics and packaging industry clients appreciate our proactive understanding of their business challenges and opportunities, that we meet expectations and offer continuity of staff, resulting in more quality time devoted to the issues at hand.

We deliver on our promise: to help your company thrive.

“We are a fairly data-driven metrics-oriented organization and have historically compared our 6 operations against each other internally. Participation in the North American Plastics Industry Survey (NAPIS) has taken benchmarking to the next level giving us a broad, valid comparative universe. Operationally we use the NAPIS data for enhancing the output and efficiency of our assets and goal setting. Commercially we reference the information to test the validity of “target pricing” that is frequently presented to our sales assets. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, NAPIS data has become part of our acquisition toolbox during the initial assessment and operational due diligence phases of the process. Candidly our entire management looks forward to the NAPIS survey.”
 
Al Ridilla, President
Enterprise Molded Products Business, Parkway Products Inc.