Lean Delivers Efficiency at CHEP
CHEP was founded in 1946 and today they have become a global leader in pallet and container pooling services. CHEP is part of the Brambles group and has around 12,500 employees across 60 global locations. In Australia, they employ over 1,000 people. The Erskine Park plant in New South Wales has around 70 people.
CHEP Australia was facing increasing cost pressures to optimise processes and eliminate waste, especially within the pallet repair area at Erskine Park. The site had been applying the principals of Lean Manufacturing at a manager level, but Lean principles hadn’t filtered down to the operator level and no training had been conducted.