Gemba is integral part of £0.5m per annum savings

Westland Garden Health is the UK’s largest manufacturer of bird food, with a specialist seed blending facility, based in Driffield, East Yorkshire. They have a 75,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility where over 6000 tonnes of Westland Garden Health’s 600-plus products are produced each month over 4 high capacity production lines.

"Prior to our involvement with Gemba, we had been manually collecting production data and inputting in to Excel, which seriously limited the accuracy of the data."
James Farnsworth
(General Manager)

As a forward-thinking company, Westland Garden Health was already more than aware of the need to measure and improve production processes, in line with a mission statement that commits them to exceeding customer expectation. CI (Continuous Improvement) activity was already being carried out, but Westland Garden Health saw further opportunity for improvement.

OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is the only true way to accurately measure line performance and lost opportunity" comments James Farnsworth, Westland Garden Health’s Factory Manager.