Achieving sustainability through lean production
A Nestlé case study

Page 1: Introduction

Nestlé is the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. It manufactures more than 70 brands in the UK, including well-known names such as KIT KAT®, NESCAFÉ®, FELIX® and SHREDDIES®. Nestlé also produce many household water brands such as BUXTON® and NESTLÉ PURE LIFE®.In the UK, Nestlé employs more than 8,000 people...
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Page 2: Lean production

Lean production, an approach developed in Japan, aims to reduce waste. Waste is looked at in terms of time, money and quantity of resources used in production. Reducing these elements aims to increase productivity and efficiency. For example, reducing product defects will reduce costs through savings in the inputs used to make goods. It will also help reduce environmental impacts by using less...
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Page 3: Eliminating waste

Value refers to the aspects of a product that customers think it is worth paying for. Added value refers to activities or processes that make the product better or worth more. Value can be added through changes to design or changes to the way a product functions or behaves. Value can also be added by reducing waste which in turn reduces production costs. Any activity which puts cost on a product...
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Page 4: JIT

Just-in-time (JIT) is another Japanese lean production technique. It focuses on timings during the production process. Both storing and waiting for materials can increase costs. Waiting for materials will waste employees’ time and could also delay production. JIT involves ensuring materials arrive just as they are needed. Similarly for outputs, transport must arrive to take finished products...
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Page 5: Benefits of lean production

Nestlé Waters uses lean production techniques to bring benefits other than gains to efficiency and quality. It also helps to create social and environmental benefits. Social benefits are those shared by the communities in which Nestlé operates. For example, the Waterswallows site in Buxton was designed to include a butterfly planting scheme. Working with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and...
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Page 6: Conclusion

Sustainability and Nestlé in Society are at the heart of everything that Nestlé does. Nestlé’s £35 million investment in a new state-of-the-art bottling plant demonstrates this commitment. Every aspect of the new site was carefully planned to ensure maximum efficiency and sustainability. Waste can have an impact on many areas of operations. It can have negative...
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