Inaugural Four Principles Kaizen Awards celebrate Lean management in Saudi Arabia

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  • (1888PressRelease) January 23, 2019 - The first dedicated Lean Management consultancy is launched by Four Principles in KSA, and it is part of Abdul Latif Jameel. The Kaizen Awards are given to spread awareness of the Kaizen philosophy and the potential of Lean management strategies to change the business performance.

    • This award is established by experts specially dedicated to Lean Management
    • Gathering about 50+ Saudi business leaders proves the advance of Kaizen Principles
    • The lasting partnership between Saudi Arabia and Japan is appreciated at Riyadh Ceremony

    Applicants were asked to share their success stores in one of two categories namely ‘Continuous Improvement Process’ and ‘Lean Transformation’. Applicants were asked to include details such as the challenges faced by the company, the objective, cost and duration of the project, and a number of employees involved, as well as the resulting improvements in terms of quality, lead times, costs and sustainability.

    The prizes on offer were inclusive of a sector-tailored 5-day trip to Japan for three company officials, to have firsthand experiences of how Lean practices are executed in pioneering local companies.

    Five companies were presented with their awards while the audience was shown presentation on Lean and focus of building value for customers by global Lean management expertise Takao Sakai who happens to be the great-nephew of Dr. Kotaro Honda—one of the pioneers of Kaizen philosophy. He is also the best-selling author of “The Secret behind Toyota’s Success”.

    The five chosen organizations were:
    1. Lean Ambassadors Award: alRomansiah
    2. Lean Transformation Award: Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group
    3. Lean Transformation Runner-up: Bupa Arabia
    4. Continuous Improvement Award: Nesma Embroidery (a subsidiary of Nesma Holding)
    5. Continuous Improvement Runner-up: Cold Stores Group of Saudi Arabia (CGS) Noura Alturki, Vice Chairman of Nesma Holding said:

    The Vice-Chairman of Nesma Holding, Noura Alturki said, “We’re deeply honored to have been recognized at the inaugural Four Principles Kaizen Awards and we hope it encourages other Saudi Arabian businesses to adopt Kaizen philosophies in their own operations. Our efficiency, culture and results have been transformed by Lean management – and we are confident that others would see exactly the same benefits.”

    The Kaizen Principles aim to reduce to the wastage, improve the quality and also trigger the lead time. It was developed by Toyota to transform the effectiveness of the production system which is the heart of Lean management. Eventually, the method can enhance business-wide effectiveness and also can deliver a corporate culture able to deliver an efficient and flexible workflow.

    Four Principles that are also part of Abdul Latif Jameel, work with various businesses around KSA and wider MENAT region to push for better performance through the adaptation of Kaizen principles. It aims to improve the nation’s competitiveness and productivity by 2030.

    The Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel said, “We are delighted by the reaction to the inaugural Four Principles Awards – including the superb quality of the entries we received. Kaizen or Lean management is a philosophy we learnt and embraced from our long-term partner Toyota, mirroring the long-lasting Saudi Arabia-Japan relationship, and it has underpinned our approach and success for many years. At a time when the private sector has a vital role in the delivery of Vision 2030, we are delighted to be encouraging lean management in Saudi Arabia.”

    Started in 2010, Four Principles is one of the leading Lean management implementation consultancies in the MENAT region. It looks to motivate, comprehend and facilitate companies that use Lean principles to secure continual development in all aspects of the business.

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