Award & Study

Application procedure, benefit, results

Application procedure

The application takes place with the submission of the questionnaire. For the Automotive Lean Production Awards 2023 has already expired. Further information and the 2023 questionnaire can be found here.

After analysing the questionnaires received, an on-site evaluation will take place at the plants that are nominated for the Automotive Lean Production Award. In a personal feedback session, you will have the opportunity to discuss your strengths and potential improvements with our experts. The most 'Lean' and efficient plants will be awarded at the Automotive Lean Production Congress on 14/15 November 2023 and will also be presenting their award-winning projects and strategies.

Benefit for participants

Based on the individual analysis, each participating factory can draw its own benchmark regarding the application of Lean methods, the use of digitised applications (Smart Applications) and the results achieved.

Comprehensive self-reflection
Beyond benchmarking, the questionnaire focusses on a variety of success factors, which were developed based on the experience of more than 16 years of Automotive Lean Production – Award & Study by Agamus Consult. The critical analysis helps to identify blind spots at the approach in every stage of Lean implementation.

External Feedback on request
Agamus Consult offers, upon request and against replacement of the travel costs, an independent evaluation visit to those companies that have not been nominated.


The Study allows a direct comparison with the “best in class“: All participants will receive an individualised analysis, including international benchmarking on request.

The participation is free of charge.


Agamus Consult and Automobil Produktion started to analyse the Toyota myth in the spring of 2006. At this time, the automotive industry was still amazed about how Toyota was pushing its suppliers to "0-defect" and just-in-time (JIT). This scepticism has disappeared in the meantime and the entire industry has started to design its value chains according to the principles of lean production systems - and this with such a success, that even made the "master" Toyota sit up.
The initiative Automotive Lean Production – Award & Study accompanies the development of Lean Production and Lean Management in Europe together with the participants:

  • more than 1,300 participating plants from 19 nations
  • more than 275 on-site-evaluations at top performing plants
  • 82 winning plants in total

Automotive Lean Production – Award & Study is a cooperation between the magazine Automobil Produktion and Agamus Consult GmbH, Munich. Agamus Consult has served automotive enterprises as an implementation consultancy for more than 25 years.

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