Welcome to Kaizen Institute New Zealand

Kaizen Institute New Zealand was one of the first business units established in 1988 when our founder Mr Masaaki Imai visited New Zealand with Toyota's Taiichi Ohno to support Fisher & Paykel Appliances to set up Just-in-Time manufacturing. 

Like our Kaizen Institute colleagues around the globe our Auckland-based team enables leaders to achieve their performance dreams through continuous improvement of people, processes and systems. We diagnose problems, create awareness, draw roadmaps, lead implementation, develop experts and coach leaders to sustain business excellence.

We introduced the kaizen methodology to the world in 1985. Today we are a global consultancy active in all sectors. Our 400+ professionals work to advance the continuous improvement body of knowledge. We research, publish and license various publications including books, training materials and online learning.

Kaizen Institute consultants challenge clients to help develop leaders capable of sustaining true continuous improvement in all aspects of their enterprise.

Are you new to the lean journey?
Are you excited by the possibilities but unsure where to start?  
Then we can help you choose a successful path.

Are you already on your lean journey?
Are you at a performance plateau, facing new obstacles, or not sustaining your improvement gains?
Then we can help you reach the next level of Lean performance.

Are you advanced on your lean journey?
Are you satisfied, complacent or needing to see the next breakthrough improvement?
Then our decades of lean implementation experience and wisdom will help to challenge and renew your vision.


Danie's trip report

We’ve just concluded our annual Kaizen Institute event at the impressive Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur dating back to 1745 A.D.  Kaizen Institute India were perfect hosts to leaders of our Kaizen Institute teams from around the globe. In this photo I'm joined by Kaizen Institute leaders from Mexico, Germany, Romania and India.

As usual, it was great to share learning and experience, review our latest best practice and plan ahead for our future.

We’ve reviewed and learned from very good projects and client experiences across a range of industries. Examples included manufacturing, retail, healthcare, mining, port operations, etc.

One client success story that stood out for me described how an international hotel chain improved their customers’ experience by lifting their efficiency and productivity.

Another impressive client success story described how our large fresh flower producer and exporter client dramatically improved their efficiency and yield. These two case studies confirmed again that Kaizen applies to any industry.

Naturally we’ve also had time to catch up socially and to experience some of India’s unique experiences. One of my highlights was to ride an elephant during our elephant polo tournament – certainly a once in a lifetime experience!

Another highlight was to join Kaizen Institute founder, Mr Masaaki Imai to go to the gemba. We visited a Kaizen Institute India client, NEI who was awarded he Deming Award in 2010 for Total Quality Management. 

It was a real treat. Every time I see Mr Imai in action at the gemba is a chance to learn.  I always enjoy how he takes the time to interact with the operators - often at the expense of the assigned tour guide's carefully planned route and pace.

I’ll recount a few specific points that Mr Imai brought up during this gemba walk in blog posts.

I also caught up with our global CEO, Jon Miller who co-authored Creating Kaizen Culture, the very popular book that was published in 2013. I've asked him how New Zealand organisations can create Kaizen Culture. I'll also share Jon's very interesting insights in blog posts.

Kaizen helps Solo Plastics to remain profitable in challenging manufacturing industry

“With Kaizen we are in control of the business. I can walk down and look at our boards and see that a job was going to be finished on a particular date. In the past a huge amount of time was spent wheel-spinning; the guys in the office spent half their time ringing up the production manager asking when work would be finished and he spent his time running after guys to find out – it was a serious time waster.” Bruce McCormick, Director, Solo Plastics.

Solo Plastics Limited is a privately owned company specialising in the manufacture of ABS, PVC, PP, PE and fibreglass reinforced pipe fittings. The company has been operating in New Zealand since 1980 supplying a wide range of irrigation, plumbing and industrial tanks, vessels and pipe line systems to the New Zealand and South Pacific region. As well as manufacturing pipes, the business also installs pipes all over the North Island. The company supplies major construction companies like Fletcher, Hawkins and Downer in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.

Above is the team in the machine shop and below is the fabrication team. read the full article

Join other Kiwi's in Japan to experience Kaizen/lean best practice

Kaizen Benchmark Tour to Japan excelent companies

Danie has been confirmed as the tour leader for the upcoming Japan study tour in Japan. Peet will also join the tour. This will be a great opportunity to join us to experience and study good practical Kaizen examples and to discuss the application in New Zealand with fellow like-minded Kiwi's.

You'll beter understand your company’s strengths and weaknesses and develop your own KAIZEN strategy based on the insights you have gained during the tour!

You'll see the practical side of KAIZEN at our touring partner sites and witness their amazing achievements!

It's also a great opportunity to get to know the origin of KAIZEN and the stories behind it!. 

Please contact Danie if you're interested to join us.

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KAIZEN Institute New Zealand

Level 1, Fashion Pavilion, Botany Town Centre
Corner of Te Irirangi and Ti Rakau Drives
PO Box 64066,
Botany, Auckland, 2163
Tel +64 (0)9 274 0829

CEO - Danie Vermeulen

Mobile: 0274 366 664

email: dvermeulen@kaizen.com

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