Nexteer inaugurates APAC production system academy

Intelligent Manufacturing and Lean Production program in APAC region to more efficiently provide improved products, service and quality for customers in the APAC region and around the world

Opening Ceremony of Nexteer APAC NPS Academy

Intuitive motion control major Nexteer Automotive has announced the opening of its APAC Nexteer Production System (NPS) Academy.

With this, Nexteer has established its comprehensive Core Engineering, Intelligent Manufacturing and Lean Production program in the APAC region to more efficiently provide improved products, service and quality for customers in the APAC region and around the world.

The company started implementing lean production in China in the year of 2015. NPS is Nexteer’s unique lean production system that leverages support from Toyota Production System (TPS) Master and Nexteer’s global leadership team.

The inauguration of Nexteer’s APAC NPS Academy represents years of continuous improvement, experience, curriculum planning and more.

Leo Wang, Executive Director, Global Manufacturing Operations, Nexteer Automotive, said, “Nexteer Asia Pacific is the birthplace of Nexteer Production System, and Nexteer Asia Pacific NPS Academy has set a benchmark for the Company’s global lean production training.”

He added: “”In addition, the NPS Academy enables us to share Nexteer’s excellent manufacturing and lean concepts and experience with our partners, and even managers and operators in other manufacturing industries. We are willing to contribute to the training of lean talents for the manufacturing industry in China.”

Nexteer APAC NPS Academy is located in Nexteer Suzhou Plant, covering an area of more than 300 square meters and equipped with a variety of training equipment to provide complete lean training.

Training sessions

The academy will offer nearly 700 training sessions for internal employees, customers, and suppliers each year. Teachers including Japanese TPS Masters, Nexteer NPS Managers and Six Sigma Black Belt Masters will provide Standardized Work Optimization, Pull System, Value Stream Mapping, Six Sigma, GM Built-In Quality Supply-based (BIQS) and various lean production courses such as Safety Experience Training, Preventive Maintenance and Quick Changeover.

A global leader in intuitive motion control, Nexteer Automotive (HK 1316) is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business delivering electric and hydraulic power steering systems, driveline systems, steering columns, as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving enabling technologies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

With 27 manufacturing plants, three technical centers and 13 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, the company serves more than 60 customers in every major region of the world including BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Groupe, Toyota and VW, as well as automakers in India and China.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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