The Chanelle Group is a progressive pharmaceutical company based in the West of Ireland dealing in both human and veterinary pharmaceuticals. Our people are the key to our success and the continuous development of all our employees is a core function of the Chanelle Group.

The Chanelle Group has a presence in 80 countries operating in the fields of product development, manufacturing and distribution of veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, it has over 700 products registered worldwide and employs over 320 staff

Company Name
Chanelle Group

IDA Business & Technology Park, Loughrea, Co Galway

The Enterprise Ireland Lean Manufacturing support infrastructure for Irish SME’s seeking to compete aggressively in world markets is unique and without peer. The benefits are very real and go straight to the bottom line.

Lean TRANSFORM Project Objectives
  • Deliver a target saving to the business of €2m
  • Instil a lean mentality across the organisation focused on improving efficiency
  • Improve operating margins through increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • Increase effectiveness of sales personnel through implementation of standardised order processes
  • Improve compliance with GMP through changes in manufacturing ops and the change control process
  • Reduce redundancies and rework in completing batch documentation
Key Challenges
  • Maintaining focus on lean projects in a period of rapid growth and change
  • Ensuring project leaders and team members have time available to work on projects
  • Employee retention after upskilling
Key Changes
  • The programme was successfully deployed across the entire organisation – Operations, QA/QC, Engineering, Sales, Finance and R&D
  • The entire organisation has been trained to at least Yellow Belt level in Lean/Six Sigma
  • A “can do” attitude and proactive problem solving culture has been ingrained
  • Use of Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) for rapid problem solving across the organisation
  • 20 Green belts trained and certified
  • The programme has delivered €2.067m of savings as of December 2014
  • These comprise €1M, hard cash, and €1.063k soft cash (productivity improvements)