Financial assistance is available to help EU companies acquire a better understanding of certain manufacturing methods in Japan.
To facilitate small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participation in the course, participants from SMEs can apply for a scholarship of €600 towards their living expenses.
They must complete the 'scholarship request – self-assessment declaration' form that will be sent to them once the EU-Japan Centre has offered a place on the course.
Participants' companies must pay a (refundable) deposit of €1,000 to guarantee the place on the course. The deposit will be refunded within 8 weeks after the course, provided that the participant attends the entire course and submits any and all reports the Centre asks him/her to make.
Participants' companies must pay a (non-refundable) contribution of €2,000 towards the costs incurred by the EU-Japan Centre in relation to the company's participation.
The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation provides the Challenge Towards World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Programme in order to bring EU companies closer to world class manufacturing performance.
Many WCM-advanced Japanese manufacturing firms have enjoyed considerable success largely through their adoption, use and development of unique manufacturing principles. Japanese production methods offer the best practice in production, cost deployment, quality assurance and lean production.
The 5-day World Class Manufacturing training mission (WCM) provides an in-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology and is aimed exclusively at EU Executives and Managers with knowledge of WCM and an engineering background.
The programme objectives are to:
- Discover the Japanese approach towards World-Class Manufacturing
- Discern and learn how Japanese firms achieve superior production standards
- Focus on the latest trends by visiting the top manufacturing plants in Japan
- Visit the real "GEMBA" (i.e. production site in Japan)
- Meet the industry leaders via exchanges with senior Japanese management authorities.
Programme design and content
Study Block I:
- Lectures, seminars and panel discussions, presented by experts from Japanese industry covering subjects such as:
- Lead-Time Reduction through Streamlined Flows of Information and Products
- Policy Deployment, HR Management and Best Practice for Staff Motivation
- Continuous Improvement of Customer Service Supported by WCM
- Lean Thinking and WCM Approach in Japan
- TQC, TQM, TPM, JIT and TIE
- Attractive Quality Creation
- Levelled Production System
- Variable-Product Variable-Quantity Production to meet Demand Fluctuation
- Synchronized Production System (from order to delivery)
- Flexible Manufacturing Implemented by QCD
- Improvement of Overall Manufacturing Capability.
Study Block II:
- Visits to companies - preparation for company visits and post-visit reviews. The sectors of activity of the companies to be visited include, among others:
- Chemical products and plastics
- Steel products
- Automobile industry.
Candidates should be European Manager or Executive such as:
- Division director or industrial director.
- Manager and executive Operation and Logistics.
- Plant manager, director of Quality and Excellence.
- Managing director in manufacturing companies.
Eligibility of the candidates:
- Must be a citizen of an EU Member State.
- Must work for an organisation that is 50% EU-owned.
- Must be supported by the employer.
- Must be able to participate in the entire programme.
- Must have a reasonable command of English.
- Should be involved in changing production engineering methods, strategy and/or production control.
- Should have approximately ten years’ experience in operations management, or 15+ years for High Level visits.
- Should have advanced knowledge and practice of production methods of excellence.
The main selection criteria are:
- The professional and educational background of the candidate.
- The production methods and strategies of their company.
In order to ensure a high degree of personal attention, the number of participants in each programme is limited.
This series covers several fields of activities at basic level, offering the key success factors for introducing and implementing Lean within a company.
- KAIZEN Basics.
- TPM Basics.
- Quality (SSP / FMEA Tools).
- Workplace organisation 5S and ergonomics.
- Lean Admin basics.
- Motivation (Worker).
Each session will include a presentation by an expert from Kaizen Institute GmbH, followed by a Q&A session to develop personal cases.
World Class Manufacturing Missions
The training course consists of lectures and workshops as well as visits to some of the world’s most advanced Japanese factories to understand the real "Gemba" (the production site), to talk directly with their production managers, and to observe the effective implementation of manufacturing methods.
The EU-Japan Centre will cover costs beyond the contribution by participants' companies, relating to:
- Travel costs for visits.
The participants' companies must cover:
- Travel costs to and from Japan.
- Any other costs not covered directly by the EU-Japan Centre.
HIGH LEVEL World Class Manufacturing Mission
Intensive 5-day advanced course for EU senior executives. The programme consists of several lectures and four or five visits to Japanese companies.
The aim is to:
- Give a detailed insight into current and recent Japanese approaches towards WCM through lectures and practical examples (gemba visits to top manufacturing plants).
- Show how Japanese companies achieve and maintain superior production standards.
- Opportunity for interaction between senior executives from Europe and Japan.
Further information is available on the EU-Japan Centre website.