The McBride Company's vision 'to be the most successful private label supplier in the World' demands World Class standards in all aspects of its operation, not least manufacturing.
In all our factories, whether we are producing liquids, powders, tablets or aerosols, our production flow is based on receiving our raw materials just-in-time.
We ensure we have all the components we need for each batch, for the mixing, filling and packaging of the finished product, before we commence production.
This may seem simple, but can become a very complex process, given we have over 10,000 products in our range.
We're committed to lean manufacturing and sustainable production and are using lean manufacturing principles to design out complexity and improve the efficiency of our operations.
Prior to the inception of the Lean Development Plan each site undertakes an intensive education programme to ensure that all its colleagues have a clear understanding of what "Lean "is all about and why we were undertaking it.
All our sites have now completed lean assessments and progress is being made on a number of fronts to ensure that the efficiency benefits which have been identified are realised.
The lean approach has resulted in opportunities to improve direct labour efficiency, material usage, stock reduction and reduced overheads in a number of areas.
Examples of the benefits identified through our lean manufacturing assessments in the UK include, inventory reduction programme at our Hull site and improved bottle handling in Middleton. In Europe we have significantly improved production flows at the Estaimpuis and Foetz sites and improved filling efficiency at Strzelce in Poland.
We are at the start of our journey to world class manufacturing but the roll out across the group is truly up and running.
1. Materials input
3. Blow moulding & bottle storage
4. Research and development
6. Warehouse and distribution
|1. Materials input|
Our systems match our raw material and packaging deliveries with our production plan, reducing unplanned downtime.
Our mixing capability optimises batch size to customer needs, ensuring our filling lines are never short of product.
|3. Blow moulding & bottle storage|
McBride is one of the largest independent bottle manufacturers in Europe, blowing over 80% our bottle requirements. This capability significantly reduces leadtimes and increases flexibility.
|4. Research and development|
Our experienced scientists work closely with our marketeers, product development team and customers to develop new products fast. Their work includes developing and testing innovative formulations,new packaging formats, the latest colours and tempting aromas.
Scale and flexibility are key to managing our filling capability. Speed of reaction with minimum downtime enable us meet deadlines. Many of our lines have automatic bottle sorters, labelling and robotic packing and palletisation to maximise our filling line efficiency.
|6. Warehouse and distribution|
Transparency of orders and stock is the key to achieving our customer service targets.