Leading production experts from the automotive industry worldwide are gathered in Martorell for the Automotive Lean Production Congress. Under the heading ‘Learning from the Best’, the event is being hosted by the manufacturer most recently honoured with the coveted Lean Production Award. SEAT’s Martorell plant received the award last year.
A total of 200 specialists in automotive production and logistics from a diverse range of manufacturers and suppliers are attending the two-day congress close to Barcelona. The organisers are the trade magazine Automobil Produktion and management consultancy Agamus Consult. During an in-depth tour of SEAT’s modern facilities in Martorell, the participants had the opportunity to appreciate the lean production processes as well as the highest possible efficiency and quality across all areas, from logistics to personnel development and employee training. Plant Director Dr. Stefan Loth talked the guests through the SEAT Production Process and its systematic implementation.
In his keynote address to the Congress, Dr. Andreas Tostmann, Executive Vice-President for Production, spoke about ‘Lean and precision – achieving perfection through solid processes’, prior to the new winners of the Lean Award in various categories being announced in a number of presentations.
In 2013, the jury declared SEAT Martorell the winner in the OEM (Original-Equipment Manufacturer) category, marking the first time in the eight-year history of the competition that a Spanish brand had received the award. According to the jury members, SEAT succeeded in developing a lean production system that comprehensively implements the ideas of lean manufacturing. “We were impressed by the Lean spirit shown by the SEAT team,” stated the jury. This spirit comes from the tireless quest for the greatest possible efficiency in all areas.
The SEAT factory in Martorell employs over 7,000 workers and its production volume this year is the highest of any car manufacturer in Spain. Factory output totalled 327,600 units in September, an increase of 12.5% compared to the same period last year. The company’s two main pillars, the Ibiza and the Leon, are both manufactured at the modern Martorell facilities.
Automotive Lean Production Award
Launched in 2006, the renowned Automotive Lean Production Award & Study, organised by trade journal Automobil Produktion and management consultancy Agamus Consult, identifies the best factories in terms of innovation and flexibility and examines how this has been achieved. This year marks the ninth edition of the prestigious international Automotive Lean Production Award. Since 2006, more than 700 factories in over 15 countries including Germany, France, Spain and Italy have vied for this prize, which is one of the most important in Europe.