Learning from the best! – this was again the main purpose of this year’s initiative Automotive Lean Production - Award & Study. In the benchmark study, the "leanest" plants - OEM and suppliers alike - entered an international competition for the prestigious Automotive Lean Production Awards. In November AUTOMOBIL PRODUKTION and Agamus Consult awarded the Best Performers.
The highlight of the initiative was the Automotive Lean Production congress. As part of the two-day event at Mercedes-Benz in Bremen, the winners of the various award categories received their awards and told the audience about their lean path and the successes achieved in the process.
On November 6, the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant, 2017 Award winner in the "OEM" category, invited guests to an exclusive tour of their production area, followed by get-together at the Mercedes-Benz Customer Center, where the participants had an opportunity to meet in a closer circle of proven lean and industry 4.0 experts to discuss and exchange their experiences, as well as make new contacts.
After Dirk Reusch, Publishing Director, AUTOMOBIL PRODUKTION, welcomed the participants, Dr. Markus Keicher, Plant Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant, Daimler AG, opened the second day of the event on November 7, 2018 with his key note "Tradition meets Future: Mercedes-Benz Bremen Plant".