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CELESTICA WINS PRESTIGIOUS SHINGO

TORONTO ? Celestica Inc.?s Monterrey, Mexico facility has won the prestigious 2005 Shingo Prize for manufacturing excellence ? making the company the first electronics manufacturing service provider to be recognized with the honour.The acclaimed Shingo Prize, established in 1988, is awarded annually to companies that exhibit outstanding achievements in manufacturing practices which translate into strong customer satisfaction and business results. Celestica was recognized with the Shingo ?Business Prize? for demonstrating significant improvements that highlight the value of using lean practices to attain world-class status in manufacturing.


Other companies to have received the award include: Delphi, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Ford Motor Co. and ArvinMeritor.
?Our Monterrey facility put forth an outstanding effort in transforming its site into a world-class manufacturing facility,? said Robert Hemmant, global Lean architect at Celestica. ?The successful implementation of Lean has enabled Celestica to deliver greater efficiencies, cost reductions and faster time-to-market to its OEM customers.?
To win the Shingo Prize, companies must meet stringent criteria, achieve dramatic performance improvements in lead-time reduction and process improvements, and pass a site audit by a team of Lean manufacturing experts appointed by the Shingo Prize committee.
?We are extremely proud to be the first EMS provider recognized for our success in implementing Lean principles in our operations,? said Stephen Delaney, chief executive officer, Celestica. ?Winning the coveted Shingo Prize exemplifies our commitment to Lean manufacturing implementation and continuous improvement in order to provide unparalleled business value to our customers.?
An operator in Monterrey pre-loads component feeders in preparation for a line changeover.The global implementation of Lean at Celestica is driving faster cycle times, reduced costs and improved efficiencies for the company ? resulting, in many cases, in lead-time reductions of up to 70 per cent, quality yield improvements of 40 per cent, and space reductions of up to 60 per cent, the company said in a release.
The Shingo Prize for excellence in manufacturing is named for Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo, who distinguished himself as one of the world?s leading experts in improving manufacturing processes. Dr. Shingo has been described as an ?engineering genius? who helped create and write about many aspects of the revolutionary manufacturing practices which comprise the renowned Toyota production system.
The prize was established in 1988 to promote awareness of Lean manufacturing concepts and to recognize companies in the Canada, the U.S. and Mexico that achieve world-class manufacturing status. The Shingo Prize philosophy is that world-class business performance may be achieved through focused improvements in core manufacturing and business processes.