October 14



Lean Café - sharing lean thinking in a friendly atmosphere

The EU-Japan Centre invites you to join us at our virtual Lean Café. We meet monthly (via Zoom) to discuss and share lean thinking. There are no participation costs, but you do need to sign up in advance. 442 people have joined the first 9 Lean Café sessions.


Our next session...

Thursday, 14 October, from 11:00 Brussels (10:00 UK, 18:00 Tokyo):

Lean Café #10 - A group discussion around "recapturing the pace of improvement and realigning at this phase of the Covid crisis" | featuring Mondelēz International. Book your place now - via this webform.

Lean Café #10 blackboard

Mondelēz International

Mondelēz International is a snack food company, employing 80,000 people in its factories, offices, R&D and distribution activities in 80 countries.

Present in more than 150 countries, Mondelēz International's iconic brands include Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; and Trident gum.

October's Lean Café session will take the form of a group discussion around the topic of "Recapturing the pace of improvement and realigning at this phase of the Covid crisis".

The discussion will be led by Ian O'Toole (Associate Director of Enterprise Engineering at Mondelēz International in Ireland) and Richard Keegan (the EU-Japan Centre's Lean Advisor and Adjunct Professor of Lean Operational Excellence at Trinity Business School). During the session you will be encouraged to share your views and strategies.

They'd like to know what are you going to do to prepare for the crisis that’s coming following the next crisis after the Covid Crisis? And given that businesses seek employees who are nimble, flexible, adaptable, willing to evolve and during Covid-related lockdowns many have shown such qualities, so how do you intend to treat & manage them now?


Future sessions...

Details of future sessions will be posted on this webpage as and when they are arranged. If you/your company would be interested in being a guest presenter at a future Lean Café session please let us know.


Past sessions...

For details of past Lean Café discussions please click here. Previous Lean Cafés featured CNH Industrial; SpoluWorks and Effectivity; Lyreco UK & Ireland; the Irish National Treasury Management Agency; Opex Performance Solutions Ltd; Tetra Pak; Shinka Managament; Jaguar Land Rover Limited and the Toyota Lean Management Centre.


How the Lean Café works

  • Each Café sitting begins with a presentation on a specific topic and ends with a discussion where you can give your feedback, ask questions or share your experiences.
  • It is moderated by Prof. Richard Keegan (Adjunct Professor of Lean Operational Excellence, Trinity Business School) - the EU-Japan Centre's Lean Advisor.
  • The Lean Café is organised approximately once a month, if you would like to be sent details of our future Café sessions and our Lean in Europe visits, please email us.

Other resources to help you on your lean journey

  • Our World-Class Manufacturing course in Japan - week-long training missions, providing an in-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology, consisting of lectures, workshops and visits to some of the world’s most advanced Japanese factories in order to understand the real "Gemba" (production site), talk directly with their production managers and observe the effective implementation of manufacturing methods. The next WCM mission will take place from 15-19 November 2021.
  • Our Lean Masterclass - a series of 8 video lectures by Richard Keegan, recorded in 2016 and focus on "Getting things done". In addition to watching/downloading the lectures you can also request copies of the presentation material and various publications written by Richard.
  • Our Lean in Europe visits - in-depth visits to European plants to discuss best practice, facilitate the sharing of ideas and networking and to inspire their participants along their companies' lean journeys and to provide valuable feedback to the host companies. Currently suspended, we hope to re-start the visits in late 2021 / early 2022.

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