Survey Shows that Print is Getting Lean
The PIA/GATF/Point Balance survey clearly reveals that printing company managers view Lean manufacturing as important for the future. Sixty-two percent of survey respondents said that Lean manufacturing is “very important” or “critical” to the future success of their companies.
Commenting on the importance of Lean manufacturing, Point Balance principal G. David Dodd said, “The essence of Lean manufacturing is an all-out attack on waste and a relentless drive to improve productivity. It’s no secret that printing companies must continuously improve productivity in order to survive and prosper, and therefore it’s not surprising that our survey revealed a high level of interest in Lean. The real challenge for printing company managers is to determine which of the traditional Lean tools will work well in a printing company setting and which ones will need to be modified or adapted in order to be effective.”
A summary of the survey results can be found in the May issue of Management Portfolio magazine, available on-line at www.GAIN.net (keyword: Lean Survey). To learn more about the survey, contact Jim Workman at email@example.com or David Dodd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PIA/GATF is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with more than 1.2 million employees. It serves the interests of more than 12,000 member companies. PIA/GATF, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.
About Point Balance
Point Balance, LLC is an executive education and management consulting firm serving the printing and publishing industries. Focusing on the balance of strategy, process, organization, and technology, Point Balance, LLC delivers pragmatic and sustainable programs to advance business operations through cycle time and cost reduction, improved asset productivity, and process effectiveness. Point Balance configures business and technical resources to address a range of projects involving strategy, performance management, process and organizational design, production, digital infrastructure, business planning and project management. The firm also offers a wide range of executive education opportunities through published materials, public workshops, and customized onsite workshops.