Lean Business Ireland - Inspiring Irish Enterprise

22nd May, 2019

Enterprise Excellence
Pictured L-R: Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland; Minister Sean Canney TD and Stephen Creaner, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland

Globally Positioning Ireland as the Recognised Leader in Operational Excellence

Our National stadium Croke Park Dublin today saw a gathering of leaders from industry and business from across the Globe attend an event which highlights Ireland’s business leadership and operational effectiveness on the International stage.

Enterprise Excellence Ireland 2019, now in its 3rd year saw over 800 delegates attend the conference from finance, technology, retail, manufacturing, construction, automotive, public and the services sector to learn and share together to spread the understanding of Lean Principles and Enterprise Excellence.
Business Managers from European, American and the Irish business community openly discussed the implementation of Lean management systems within their facilities & organisations. Over 37 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. Today, Lean has become the single most effective improvement approach for companies of all sizes and throughout many industries and disciplines.

Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Sean Canney TD, said: “Improving our competitiveness in Irish business is at the heart of Lean initiatives and together we strive for excellence and increased sustainable employment within Ireland. It is fantastic to see so many companies come together here today in our National stadium to share learnings, knowledge and experiences of their continuous improvement initiatives. Thank you to Lean Business Ireland and the collaboration of IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland for organising such an excellent environment where companies can network, engage and do business.”

On stage with Minister Canney during the opening session was Mary Buckley (Executive Director – IDA Ireland) and Stephen Creaner (Executive Director – Enterprise Ireland).

Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland says ‘Innovation in operational performance is a key element in the management of multinational companies here in Ireland. They readily share their journey with other enterprises, helping to build Ireland’s competitive position globally.’

At today’s event Stephen Creaner, Executive Director, Food, Industrial, Lifesciences and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland said: “At Enterprise Ireland, we know that becoming more competitive is crucial for any company with global ambition and we have been providing lean supports to drive this agenda for almost a decade. Over the last year we developed a more comprehensive Operational Excellence Offer building on these lean principles which support investments in training, process innovation and production capital equipment. Lean methodologies have helped hundreds of Irish companies to improve efficiency and reduce waste in terms of operational processes while enhancing organisational empowerment. Given our small and open economy, this has never been more urgent and is a key priority for both Enterprise Ireland and our clients.”

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, Coca Cola, ThermoKing, Jaguar Land Rover, Aut Even Hospital, Roche Ireland, Zimmer Biomet, Boston Scientific, Polar IceTech, Abbvie, Pfizer, Irish Rail, etc.

This international event, which is supported by IDA Ireland, Lean Business Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Dell EMC, Boston Scientific, Expertivity, ICBE and Dell Technologies 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.


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