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$1m savings achieved from Aquatera’s Continuous Improvement Programme

by Joe Aherne

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Following on from Aquatera becoming the first North American winner of our International Continuous Improvement Excellence Award for 2017, we are delighted to announce that a white paper has been published highlighting the excellent work completed, results to date and key factors for Aquatera’s success.

The Challenge
Operating in Western Canada – an area dealing with the downturn of the oil industry – Aquatera was faced with the challenge of providing competitive services while the sales of its core products declined. When Aquatera initially began its Lean journey, it did so without committing sufficient resources to ensure enough momentum would be created to develop an organization-wide understanding of what Lean was, and how it could be implemented to ensure efficiencies were both realized and sustained.

The Solution
In early 2016, Leading Edge Group conducted a continuous improvement maturity model (CIMM) assessment at Aquatera’s request. The assessment provided a detailed report emphasizing the gaps in the organization’s ability to move towards operational excellence.

The Result
To date, Aquatera has certified 95 percent of its employees with some level of Lean training; adopted the Lean strategy planning and deployment process (Hoshin Kanri); established visual management boards across all facilities and work teams and realized cost savings of $980,000. The Aquatera Way now provides a means for the organization to meet strategic objectives developed by the senior leadership team and approved by the Aquatera board of directors.

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Joe Aherne

CEO of Leading Edge Group

Joe qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 1982. It was a decision that reaped great benefits for Joe, providing him with an international recognized qualification which allowed him to follow in his father and grandfathers’ footsteps who had both worked and lived abroad. Having qualified as a CPA, Joe took up financial positions in the Middle East and UK.

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