A brownfield lean conversion: a case study of Opel Belgium
by William M. Mothersell, Michael L. Moore, Mark Strolle
International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (IJPQM), Vol. 3, No. 2, 2008

Abstract: This case study examined the brownfield conversion from mass to lean production in a large automotive company. This case presents the critical factors in the lean transformation of the Opel Belgium (OB) plant, which is located in Antwerp approximately 30 miles from Brussels. This case offers a coherent transformational model for converting brownfield sites into lean production facilities. The model includes key technical components in the lean conversion, which includes changes in assembly layout, changes in takt time, jobs per hour as well as other technical elements. The change to lean also identifies and discusses culture and people system, change efforts instrumental to this change. Some of the key elements include creating a common vision for lean, establishing people systems in harmony with lean and parallel organisational structures.

Online publication date: Fri, 11-Jan-2008

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (IJPQM):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email subs@inderscience.com