PLASTIKON

World-leading plastic and contract manufacturer, providing services to the medical, automotive and electronics industries.

Client Business Need

New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) was one of Plastikon’s largest customers. NUMMI was the unique joint venture between Toyota and General Motors in Fremont. The partnership ended when GM pulled out and Toyota later decided to shut down the plant. This was an end of an era in the history of auto making on the West Coast and had a great impact on Plastikon, who was a dedicated and key supplier to NUMMI. After the NUMMI plant closure, they needed to revisit their business model for the California operation.

Approach

Plastikon was selected to participate in receiving funds from ACWIB for employee training through Manex.
Activities included:

  • Market Research
  • Strategic Development/Planning
  • Practical Problem Solving
  • Quality – One Piece Flow
  • Six Sigma (Green Belt Preparation and Training)
  • Standardized Work
  • Time Management
  • Workplace Organization – 5S
  • Fundamentals of Lean Manufacturing

Results Delivered

  • Opened up to new technologies and markets
  • Increased sales by 20% in consumer products
  • Consolidated warehouse space through Muda/Waste Walk Activities
  • 23% increase in headcount due to new business
  • Six Sigma (Green Belt Preparation and Training)
  • Team Members came away with a greater understanding of lean principles and how lean relates to workplace organization and cost of waste – a positive awareness on the shop floor

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