Weetabix is investing £16M in UK processing this year and rolling out a lean production programme across its factories after trialling it at Burton Latimer in Northamptonshire.

"We will spend £16M of collateral in 2012,"

said conduct of production Mike Parsons.

"What we are looking to do is reinstate processes opposite a whole Weetabix estate."

Parsons assimilated 18 months ago from Heinz, carrying been concerned in a continual alleviation (CI) roll-out. He hired gaunt consultancy Lauras International to analyse opening and advise on areas during Weetabix that could be enhanced. The formula of this helped a organisation win a Company of a Year pretension during Food Manufacture's 2011 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Operations engineers Weetabix has dubbed a CI routine 'Performance Through People' and is rolling that out now. Building on that, it has teamed adult with Competitive Capabilities International, a tellurian operations and production government consultancy, to exercise a TRACC CI complement during all a sites. The complement covers many of a underpinning practices compulsory to work a production unit, from environmental operations to item care. A multi-disciplined group of operations engineers consider a stream state opposite a staged indication of best use and afterwards delineate an alleviation plan. 11 production units Weetabix, whose brands embody Alpen, Weetabix and Oatibix, has 8 plants in Burton Latimer, dual in Corby, Northamptonshire, and one during Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside.

"We finish a initial arising proviso during a finish of February, when these 11 production units will have left live," pronounced Parsons.
"We are saying advantages already. Overall apparatus efficacy is lifting."

Initial swell during a Burton Latimer Weetabix Minis plant has lifted outlay by 25%. The Minis group is targeting a serve 15% arise there in 2012, enabled by their Performance Through People plan. More information: Jenrick Engineering is a recruitment partner for many of the leading Engineering Corporations within the UK, providing an array of contract and permanent job opportunities for engineers who operate within this sector. If you would like to  explore job opportunities in this sector, or wish to seek advice regarding recruiting contractors or permanent staff, please contact our offices at Burton on Trent (on 01283 548 121) or Crick, Northampton (on 01788 824555). Source: argofoodplanet.com