Lean kaizen and Six Sigma principles help Solectron win Best Plants Award

IndustryWeek Magazine has recognized Solectron Corporation’s manufacturing plant in West Columbia, S.C., as one of North America’s top ten plants. Solectron is a provider of management services, including materials management, product manufacturing, and product warranty. The company has attributed its success to the successful implementation of Lean kaizen and Six Sigma principles. Through such implementations, the company has been able to cater to customer requirements and expectations.

According to John Petta, general manager at Solectron, the company is combining the Six Sigma principle with Lean processes, thereby providing a cost-effective, responsive, and error-free business process. The criteria which guided IndustryWeek in deciding the winners included management strategy, community development, productivity, and relationship of the management with the employee, customer, and supplier. TMCnet quotes Marc Onetto, executive vice president, Operations, at Solectron:

This world class performance is a direct result of empowered people applying the Solectron Production System(TM) (SPS)—our own winning combination of Lean kaizen and Six Sigma principles. In our view, what makes Solectron stand out as a winner is our dedication to meeting and even exceeding our customers’ expectations.