Why continuous improvement is best business practice

January 23, 2018

Published by Stephen Montague

Why continuous improvement is best business practice

If you’re working in operations, staring down the barrel of an industry or business you’ve identified as lagging in innovation and missing growth opportunities, don’t despair. We are seeing a growing number of manufacturing businesses in Australia looking to set improved and effective best practice processes in place.

Technical professionals who have experience planning and driving continuous improvement within their current roles, are well placed to reap the rewards of this developing trend. Transitioning out of their current sectors and putting their business improvement skills to work within industries that have historically been slow to transform, but are now in a period of rapid change.

Inspiring improvement

The world as we know it is changing rapidly. Businesses who stay doing what they’ve always done, without improving their processes to meet advances in technology and consumer expectations, are falling behind. In the worlds of manufacturing and FMCG, there are several reasons why businesses should be looking to move from a “business-as-usual” approach, and begin investing in regular improvement and innovation.

An industry that stands out as a successful case study on the positive impacts of a continuous improvement operation plan, is agriculture. If you are looking to further your career in an environment with a proven track record of evolving business models, adapting to change, fostering profitable collaborations and optimising manufacturing capabilities, draw your inspiration from the productivity gains achieved within Australian agriculture over the past few years.

A worthy example, home-grown company Perfection Fresh Australia. Founded by the Simonetta family and boasting a long history in agriculture, the business has passionately pursued the manufacture of fresh, flavoursome and unforgettable produce for over three decades. They are now recognised as leading innovation in agriculture based on their unwavering commitment to continuous improvement that includes world travel to source the best products, exercising ethically minded business practice, nurturing new process ideas from their 500+ strong team, and keeping their corporate branding contemporary and relevant for today’s food savvy Australian consumers.

Making change for a positive future

Australia’s agricultural research and development capabilities are listed among the best in the world. As the world’s population increases, sourcing and supply of quality food has challenged this industry to combine age-old farming methods with scientific data to deliver a sustainable food production future. Their mindful investment in bringing on talent from other sectors have positively contributed to our country’s world-class manufacturing operations in this field.

Other companies in industries outside agriculture that we benchmark at Six Degrees as “progressive” in adopting a robust continuous improvement strategy for the future, include Unilever, Lion, Nestle, BlueScope, Boral and Ford, to name a few. The professionals and manufacturing talent within these companies are adept at identifying and addressing problems linked to the development and delivery of technologies designed to improve and increase production outcomes.

No matter what industry or role you are in, the topic of continuous improvement and its capacity to impact business potential will continue to be debated. Wherever you stand on the subject, companies, teams and individuals will unfortunately miss opportunities in the market if they don’t look to develop a strategic business road map that supports continuous improvement.

 

For more information on continuous improvement, get in touch with Stephen Montague on 02 8024 7144.

 

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