The plant produces over 70 different milk products, including the iconic Farmer’s Union Ice Coffee brand. The award was presented at the 2017 Food and Grocery Australia Event.
The Factory of the Year is regarded as the most rigorous operations assessment globally.
Gabrielle Liston, Lion Dairy & Drinks’ Salisbury site leader said that their team was extremely proud that the site was recognised as the inaugural Australian Factory of the Year.
“This award is testament to the hardworking and professional team we have at Salisbury. We are passionate about our brands, customers and what we do each day. We are continuously improving and being the best that we can be by engaging and working with our teams to embrace the rapidly changing developments in manufacturing,” said Liston.
Factory performance was assessed on over 100 metrics across value creation, economics, innovation, quality, agility and customer satisfaction. The global competition was pioneered in Germany over 25 years ago by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and is now also run in Australia with the support of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and Inside FMCG.
Lion’s Salisbury Milk plant highlighted strong performance across a number of KPIs, notably through 3 key areas. Personnel productivity was augmented through the use of automation across manufacturing and distribution operations. The plant had undertaken a significant improvement in product and service quality. The plant’s manufacturing excellence program operated at a high level of maturity to drive continuous improvement, serving as an example for other plants within the network.
With rapidly changing developments in manufacturing through advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing, internet of things, big data, and advanced analytics, the bar for productivity and excellence in Australian Manufacturing is constantly moving.
The Factory of the Year competition provides manufacturers with a robust set of metrics and targets that identify the improvement needed to maintain competitiveness both locally and globally. The competition runs annually in Australia and New Zealand.