Visteon Electronica Mexico Receives a Shingo Silver Medallion
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Chihuahua, Mexico– The Visteon Electronica – Carolinas Plant has earned national recognition for achieving operational excellence by receiving a Shingo Silver Medallion.
The Carolinas Plant is part of Visteon Electronica Mexico (VEM), which was established in 1986. As of 2009 VEM included two manufacturing sites and an engineering center located in Chihuahua, Mexico. The Carolinas Plant has final assembly operations for automotive electronic components and injection-molding capability for instrument clusters parts. It is ranked among the top three global Visteon electronics plants for revenue and productivity.
The Carolinas Plant exceeds a total volume of three million parts per year. Sales were close to $350 million USD in 2011. Key customers include: Ford, Nissan, Honda, Jaguar/Land Rover and Volvo. Products are shipped to the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The plant has 360 employees.
“The experience through the process of OPEX and The Shingo Prize was very enlightening and helped us to understand, through its principles and behaviors, the reason behind many activities we were doing. The focus by 100% of the employees had a key impact in getting the understanding application of continuous improvement, therefore, significant changes in the organizational culture of the plant were achieved,” said David Vargas, Manufacturing Engineer.
Visteon Electronica – Carolinas Plant is to receive a Shingo Silver Medallion from the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, which 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.
Visteon Electronica – Carolinas Plant will be awarded The Shingo Silver Medallion at the 25th annual Shingo Prize Awards Gala, during the Annual International Conference on May 6-10, 2013. The awards gala is the conclusion to this four-day operational-excellence-centered event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations on their transformation for operational excellence.
The Shingo Prize’s intent of assessing organizations is to evaluate the degrees to which organizations are aligned with the principles of operational excellence represented in the Shingo model, according to Robert Miller, the executive director of The Shingo Prize.
He said the Shingo Model is a way of thinking and transforming culture. It is represented in a diagram made up of two elements; the “house of principles” and the “diamond of transformation.”
“The model helps teach guiding principles, which are universal and timeless,” he said. “As practitioners and leaders come to understand these principles they become powerful organizational leaders.”
The transformation diamond diagram is a systematic approach to building a culture of operational excellence by aligning employee behaviors with correct principles, he said.
“The Shingo Prize is a recognition program that identifies organizations doing exceptional work in business improvement,” he said. “The intent is to motivate others to learn from them. The prize focuses on building excellence throughout the entire business enterprise. To achieve The Shingo Prize, organizations compete against the most rigorous standards in the world, rather than against each other.”
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