Featured Article 08 Jun 2012

June 7th 2012

ICBE Member Company Scoops Shingo Award

Lake Region Medical puts Ireland on the map for Best in Class Manufacturing

Lake Region Medical Limited (LRM), a Wexford-based Medical Device company has become the first company in the Republic of Ireland, and the first Medical Device manufacturer in Europe to be awarded a global standard in Operational Excellence - the prestigious Shingo Accreditation Bronze Medallion. 
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence
is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The mission of The Shingo Prize is to create excellence in organizations through the application of universally accepted principles of operational excellence and to empower people and transform organizational culture.

John Harris, VP OUS Operations Lake Region Medical Limited said, ‘The achievement is a real win for the company but also Ireland as an economy, as we strive to continue to grow in investment in operations by delivering higher value to investors than that available in competing locations globally’. Lake Region Medical is delighted to be the first of many MedTech companies in Ireland, who recognise the importance of best in class manufacturing operations in Ireland as part of our overall economic development strategy”.   

Noel Hennessy, Continuous Improvement Director at Lake Region Limited, added, Gaining the highly coveted Shingo Bronze Medallion status is acknowledgement of the hard work & commitment put in by all our employees since we first started out on our “lean journey” in June 2003 with the goal of making Lake Region Medical Limited a centre of excellence.

While it is undoubtedly a major milestone on our lean journey we believe this accreditation will spur us on to achieve true world class status. I would also like to acknowledge Dermot O’Neill and the I.C.B.E. for their help in providing best practise visits & experts in the field of world class manufacturing to transfer their specialist knowledge. 

LRM employ 750 people at their plant in New Ross Co. Wexford and another 100 at their International Research & Development Centre in Galway.

The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence has been described by Business Week magazine as the Nobel Prize for Manufacturing. Lake Region Medical has now become the first company in Ireland & the first Medical Device manufacturer in Europe to achieve Shingo Accreditation.

Lake Region Medical is an Original Development Manufacturer of minimally invasive devices and components with clinically-focused product innovations. We are an industry expert in developing and marketing medical devices to meet unique clinical challenges for stimulation therapy, cardiovascular, neurovascular, and peripheral vascular applications, serving customers in over 50 countries. Founded in 1947, we have evolved from a manufacturer of pacing lead coils and precision machined products into a global leader and partner in the design, development and manufacture of medical devices. http://www.lakergn.com

The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is a not-for-profit organization housed at Utah State University and named after Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Dr. Shingo received his honorary Doctorate of Management from Utah State University in 1988, the year the prize was initiated.
The mission of The Shingo Prize is to create excellence in organizations through the application of universally accepted principles of operational excellence, alignment of management systems, and the wise application of improvement techniques across the entire organizational enterprise. We do this by teaching correct principles and new paradigms that accelerate the flow of value, align and empower people, and transform organizational culture. http://www.shingoprize.org/

The Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) is the leading business-excellence / knowledge-sharing network for the manufacturing and services sectors in Ireland. Through its core processes, the network services the developmental and transformational needs of its member companies to improve competence and achieve sustained success. ICBE, in partnership with Skillnets Ltd., have been working closely with Lake Region in recent years in the area of business process improvement and are delighted that the company has achieved this significant milestone at this time.

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