Croke Park Dublin saw a gathering of leaders from industry and business across the Globe attend an event which highlights Ireland’s business leadership and operational effectiveness.

Enterprise Excellence Ireland 2018 saw nearly 1,000 delegates attend the conference from finance, technology, retail, manufacturing, construction, automotive, public and the services sector to learn and share together to spread understanding of Lean and Enterprise Excellence.

Business Managers from European, Japanese and the Irish business community openly discussed the implementation of Lean management systems within their facilities & organisations. Over 38 International & National keynote speakers provided delegates with an insight into the latest management philosophy that pursues the continuous elimination of waste in all business processes though the journey of Lean Management and incremental improvement.

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy that pursues the continuous elimination of waste in all business processes though kaizen, also known as small and incremental improvement.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said:

“The Government understands that the adoption of ‘lean’ business practices is central to achieving enterprise excellence. Without a doubt, it enhances the competitiveness of our enterprise base and therefore our economy. That is why we support businesses to go ‘lean’ through our enterprise agencies. It is also why I am so pleased to see so many great examples of company engagement in the approach at today’s conference.”

The Minister continued:

“I am also delighted to announce the launch of the Enterprise Excellence Awards which will be held on October 4th this year in Croke Park. Supported by Lean Business Ireland, these awards want to recognise efforts made to achieve operational excellence in our country and I look forward to being part of the celebrations.”

On stage with Minister Humphreys during the opening session was Martin Shanahan (CEO – IDA Ireland) and Julie Sinnamon (CEO – Enterprise Ireland).

Hosted by Lean Business Ireland, a collaboration of academia, business and State bodies – Enterprise Excellence Ireland was primarily designed to assist Irish organisations in adopting Lean principles, create more value for their customers and increase productivity and competitiveness on the world stage. Lean business tools and techniques are helping Irish manufacturing and service companies compete across the globe, this is being achieved by building capabilities and leadership within their people to identify problems and improve operations.

Company representatives travelled from as far afield as Japan, Germany, Italy, USA, Poland & Brussels to hear from Irish and International organisations share their story of their Lean journey and business improvement. Key note speakers included; Dell EMC, Bosch, Toyota, Volkswagen, Osaka Government (Japan), Fiat Chrysler, Boston Scientific, DHL, Accenture along with Local Enterprise Companies, such as; Skylark, Premier TEFL & Polar IceTech.

This international event, which is supported by IDA Ireland, Lean Business Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Dell EMC, highlights how Ireland is leading the charge in the development of Foreign Direct Investment and how our indigenous companies are recognised as the forerunners in Lean management initiatives and competitiveness on a Global scale.

Source: Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

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