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Improving thanks to the Kaizen spirit

For more than 10 years, LIS France has developed continual improvement policies based on the Japanese “Kaizen” system.

Developed by Taichi Ohno and Shigeo Shingo for Toyota, the Kaizen method consists of improving a company’s productivity by making small changes every day. It is an inexpensive approach that appeals to common sense and places an emphasis on full employee participation.

Among other things, Kaizen is used to satisfy customers in terms of quality, costs and lead times, as well as and in particular involving line personnel in a comprehensive approach. It also has the benefit of reducing discomfort at workstations and ensuring that workshops are clean and

A comprehensive approach

At LIS France, all employees participate by providing ideas. Known as Excellis, the Normandy-based subsidiary’s internal continual improvement policy aims for industrial excellence.

Several types of projects have been put in place on the site, such as the SMED (Single Minutes Exchange of Die = changing tools in under 10 minutes), which routinely reduces changeover times by setting a quantified target; another example is 5S, the aim of which is to ensure the ongoing tidiness of workshops, increase workstation safety and optimise working conditions and hours.

What does “Kaizen” mean?


Kai = change
Zen = good (towards something better)
Kaizen = continual improvement