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it out cautiously through the rigids division. Now, over this last year I have been rolling it out to the whole of Astrapak. The benefits are huge. It brings discipline and opens up capacity. The people on the floor embrace it and feel there's a purpose to why they're there, and they are excited about their functions." For Baglione, good management of the business essentially comes down to the quality of the people within it, and Astrapak has been investing a considerable amount in training its staff. The world class manufacturing initiative alone has required significant levels of training throughout the organisation, particularly on the shop floor. Meanwhile all the customer facing staff are receiving training from the Institute for Marketing Management in topics such as advanced negotiations and high level communications. " I believe that if we can get good succession planning and highly skilled people in place over the next three to five years," Baglioni concluded, " then we will be able to take this business to heights you've just never seen in the past." - Editorial research by Robbie Hodgson future I will lead the team from a due diligence point of view and make sure whatever we do, is done correctly." Today's highly competitive marketplace imposes huge pressures on companies to continuously improve and to reduce costs. Since his appointment as CEO, Baglione has also been rolling out world class manufacturing principles through the organisation. His first personal experience with the concept came some eight years ago when one of the companies in the rigids division which he used to manage took the principles onboard, and achieved a significant turnaround in performance. " That was a great lesson to me in my manufacturing career," he said. " I then took that program and rolled Astrapak June 09 www. bus- ex. com 39 Mondipak sites are located throughout the country, making corrugated packaging products available to a diverse range of customers in the industrial, agricultural and export markets. Mondipak has invested in high graphic printing machines to offer superior printing on corrugated board, keeping in line with our objective to grow inventive brands. Mondipak believes in investing in modern technology and upgrading our plants to provide constant improvement to the products we supply. Mondipak

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