• Productivity Problems and a Possible German Solution

    An interesting article 'A German solution to the UK’s productivity puzzle' in today's (25 April 2018) Financial Times (FT) looks at reasons why the UK's productivity lags behind that of Germany. According to the article, 'output per hour worked in Germany is more than a quarter higher than in the UK'. The key to closing this gap maybe in the way German companies work with their supply chains and understanding this will be critical for manufacturers in the UK as 'B-Day' (Brexit Day) approaches.

    Siemens's Congleton plant in Cheshire is highlighted as a best practice plant for productivity. It's managing director has several strategies for achieving this which include 'avoiding replicating human inefficiency when automating processes'. Company processes also help to achieve this and include conducting internal peer assessments and holding regular best practice forums across Siemens's global business.

    The key message from the article is that manufacturers should look at the ways they are working with their suppliers. By allowing suppliers to bring innovations into your business you can work together to assess ways in which the whole supply chain could become more efficient to delivering the end product to the customer.

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  • An interesting article 'A German solution to the UK’s productivity puzzle' in today's (25 April 2018) Financial Times (FT) looks at reasons why the UK's productivity lags behind that of Germany. According to the article, 'output per hour worked in Germany is more than a quarter higher than in the UK'. The key to closing this gap maybe in the way German companies work with their supply chains and understanding this will be critical for manufacturers in the UK as 'B-Day' (Brexit Day) approaches.

    Siemens's Congleton plant in Cheshire is highlighted as a best practice plant for productivity. It's managing director has several strategies for achieving this which include 'avoiding replicating human inefficiency when automating processes'. Company processes also help to achieve this and include conducting internal peer assessments and holding regular best practice forums across Siemens's global business.

    The key message from the article is that manufacturers should look at the ways they are working with their suppliers. By allowing suppliers to bring innovations into your business you can work together to assess ways in which the whole supply chain could become more efficient to delivering the end product to the customer.

    What is your company doing to improve productivity? Share your best practice with the community.
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