Factory of the Year launched at this year's Manufacturing Indaba. A benchmarking competition that recognises manufacturing excellence, Factory of the Year has been running since 1992 in 30 countries across the globe, including Germany, the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK), with over 2 000 factories participating.
Theo Sibiya, partner at AT Kearney. Image credit: Creamer Media.
Sponsored by AT Kearney, the competition measures manufacturing companies and benchmarks them against their local peers and global counterparts. The competition has added in the 4th Industrial Revolution or how organisations are future proofing their business.
Theo Sibiya, partner at AT Kearney says the only way to ensure manufacturing excellence and have world-class manufacturing companies is to create excellence. “All participants receive a report benchmarking their results and are given insights into how they compare to their competitors with a summary of their strengths and improvement potential. Organisations shortlisted receive a factory visit.”
Previous winners include Bosch, Ford, VW, Mercedes, BMW, Siemens and Proctor & Gamble to name just a few.
The trophy is 3D printed by the CSIR with an aspirational African look and the growing tree is inspirational while the trophy also presents encouragement through all the all the cogs and manufacturing elements it.
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Danette Breitenbach was the editor and publisher of Advantage, the publication that served the marketing, media and advertising industry in southern Africa. Before her editorship, she was deputy-editor as well as freelancing for over a year on the publication before that. She has worked extensively in print media, mainly B2B, in the fields of marketing, mining, disability marketing, advertising and media.
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