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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 55

Experience of Applying Lean Manufacturing on a Container Nursery

Gill Dowling

pp: 288-290


Lean manufacturing is about improving efficiency and productivity and decreasing waste in the workplace. By following seven sequential improvement steps a business can save time and costs in all areas of activity.

In implementing lean manufacturing at Lowaters Nursery, our aim, as managers and supervisors, was to involve staff in tracking the time taken, movements involved, and cost of propagation by cuttings from the moment the secateurs were picked up by the person obtaining the propagation material to the moment the finished plant was put onto the lorry for despatch to the customer. We worked with the staff involved to identify where efficiency improvements could be made. We were amazed at the results.

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