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fundamentally changed the manufacturing landscape, led by Toyota,” said Jim Womack at the finals ceremony. “The future of the EMS industry is found in kaizen, and Solectron is leading the way. But to reap the full value and benefits of lean, kaizen must permeate up and down the supply chain, from OEMs to suppliers.” can send some of their customers or some of their other divisions to show them what we can do for them. And we’ve won awards on it.” Indeed they have, most notably the IndustryWeek best plant award in 2005 for lean implementation and value to customers. The plant was one of ten to be recognized from over 220 facilities nominated from across North America. Another way Solectron has encouraged its lean culture was with a worldwide kaizen competition towards the end of 2005, which was won by the Penang, Malaysia, facility. Jim Womack and Chichiro Nakao- San were judges, so it was a heavyweight event. “Lean has Lead story May 07 Businessexcellence 11 “We have jidoka on every line. I have the production teams, quality, materials, production control, test and engineering all located on or by the line so when the jidoka light goes on or the horn sounds and the line stops, they’re out there right away”

Businessexcellence May 07 12 Gaétan Bolduc Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Joined Prevost Car in April 1982 as a mechanical processes technician, becoming manager, time & motion, in November 1983. Promoted to manager, processes, assembly plant in August 1984 and two years later becomes manager, industrial engineering, processes and tooling. Promoted to vice president production and procurement in April 1993, becomes executive vice president, operations in March 1998, then president and CEO on 1 January, 2004. Is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, and a board member of the American Bus Association and Trailways Transportation Systems. Mr. Bolduc values team work, perseverance and courage. Finding a culture Gaétan Bolduc, President and CEO of Canadian coach and bus shell manufacturer Prevost Car, tells Martin Ashcroft how 12 years of kaizen have transformed the company