Lean Manufacturing at Plywerk

Plywerk is a lean manufacturer. What is lean manufacturing, you ask? I’m so glad you asked. Because I was planning on telling you all about it today.

-8161 We, here at Plywerk, are highly conscious of our waste and of our resources.

In the simplest terms, lean manufacturing is all about reducing waste. Well that sounds good already, doesn’t it? When we say that we’re a lean manufacturer, it really means that we are highly conscious of our waste and of our resources. We’re always thinking about our customers because, ultimately, our customers are the ones who will be paying for our products. Essentially, we’re thinking about you! Doesn’t that make you feel good?

The philosophy of lean manufacturing has its roots in the Toyota Production System. TPS is known for its focus on reduction of waste in order to improve overall customer value. And we can't talk about lean production without mentioning Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System (TPS).

We use Lean Manufacturing to make our handmade panels.

Ohno developed TPS after World War II and continued to develop it throughout the 1970’s. Thanks to Ohno, Toyota was able to compete with the big American auto companies. In fact, some would argue that it’s how Toyota was able to transform a relatively small operation into the largest auto manufacturer in the world.

At Plywerk, we do our best to avoid and eliminate waste. Our goal is simply to add value to the product. For example, when we sand a bamboo panel, we know that we’re adding value to the finished product. On the other hand, when we transport a Plywerk panel, the product itself becomes no more valuable, but it does increase the cost.

It’s really a business lifestyle. As a lean manufacturer, we’re always looking for ways to improve. One of the key concepts in lean thinking is “Kaizen.” That’s the Japanese term for “continuous improvement.” Our goal is to never stop improving. Period. Buy a product from Plywerk and know that you’re getting what you paid for.

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