Many managers do not have the information necessary to develop, shape, and exploit their company’s manufacturing capabilities. As plants develop, however, they need guidance to build capabilities that meet current and future needs. Plant tours can be a powerful way of providing factories with that kind of direction.
Almost everyone who leads, works for, or interacts with a manufacturing company can benefit from seeing a factory firsthand. Plant visits allow senior executives to build a better understanding of a site’s performance potential; to assess a competitor; to rally the frontline workforce; and to communicate the company’s performance, strategy, and current challenges. Plant visits allow managers to share best practices with a partner, or to benchmark performance and practices.
Shop-floor operators can assess another plant’s operations and apply what they’ve learned to their own factories.
We help our clients plan such benchmarking tours which will help them understand the essence of successful manufacturing organizations in India, Japan etc. It will also give the client a better understanding of world class manufacturing organizations and their ability to do things of value that their competitors cannot do. Benchmarking is a powerful way of developing a deep understanding of what those capabilities are and how they might be exploited.