Insights Tour: Nissan Casting and Rowville Horse Trailers Tour
Observe advanced manufacturing and continuous improvement in action
Our site tour events visit two exemplar Victorian sites. Each tour starts with a detailed presentation by a senior manager at the host site followed by a tour of the facility and then a roundtable discussion.
DATE: Thursday, 8 March 2018
TIME: Meet at 8.15am with the bus leaving at 8.30am sharp and returning at 4.00pm
BUS PICK UP AND DROP OFF: The Larwill Studio Boutique Hotel, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC 3052 (Meet in the Lobby)
TOUR 1: Nissan Casting Australia, 209-235 Frankston - Dandenong Road, Dandenong South
TOUR 2: Rowville Horse Trailers, 17-19 Sonia Street, Carrum Downs
FEE (incl. GST): AME Members and Delegates $200 Public $250
Nissan Casting Australia
In April 2015 Nissan Australia shocked the automotive manufacturing industry by confirming the future of its casting and parts factory is secure “well beyond 2020”. The fresh hope for the facility in Dandenong South was announced after Nissan Australia secured a deal to continue manufacturing parts for the Nissan Leaf electric car and 38 other models sold internationally.
Nissan Casting Plant applies Lean thinking, specifically with respect to the adoption of 'Kaizen'. This is extended to developing close working relationships with their suppliers. Nissan Casting Australia’s main business activities are high-pressure aluminium die casting; low-pressure metal die casting and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining, assembly and fabrication of a range of accessories.
Founded in 1982, the plant reinvented itself as a stand-alone supplier following Nissan’s withdrawal from local automotive manufacturing in 1991. This year, the plant will produce more than two million aluminium castings. The plant exports most of its parts to Nissan factories in Japan, Thailand, Mexico and the US. It currently produces eight core aluminium castings including transmission housings, clutch housings, cylinder heads and oil pan assemblies, some of which eventually return to Australia included in Nissan models such as the innovative Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, Navara pick-up and QASHQAI, Pathfinder, Murano and X-TRAIL SUV vehicles. The castings made by Nissan Casting Australia can be identified by a small kangaroo stamped on the component.
- People Engagement
- Hoshin Kanri
- Team Kaizen
- Visual Management
Rowville Horse Trailers
Rowville Horse Trailers, based in Melbourne, is now in their 35th year of designing & manufacturing horse floats in Australia for Australians. Rowville find themselves with a focus specifically on reducing the horses anxiety during travel. Rowville Horse Trailers have been a market leader for horse sensitive designs and an innovative approach to the way a small business can operate due to a distinct culture that has the customer cause at its heart. A group of around 25 people focused on improving the product and process as a team with following lean principles to best visualise and problem solve any issues that may arise - and there are endless amounts of issues for a small business to work on. Rowville Horse Trailers are a small business to keep an eye on, this is pretty clear when you see the Facebook following of over 21,000 engaged Facebook followers, this a clear sign that they are aligned to their customers cause and are 'on the right track'.
Rowville's Managing Director, Trevor Price, owned his first small business at 23 years old - a $5m manufacturing company that serviced the Automotive Industry. His strong focus on linking the customer cause to innovation & people development helped guide this business to business company to new strengths.
His second company is Rowville Horse Trailers. With a complete shift in culture, the business has doubled in size and is poised for further growth. Trevor’s determination and relentless drive to improve on the status quo is contagious and this is seen by many who have had the chance to tour through the Rowville Horse Trailers facility, not many small businesses have culture as distinguishable as that – a following that focuses on improving product and process in line with the customer needs is pretty impressive.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Leaders who want to advance their businesses by implementing manufacturing excellence concepts, tools and processes.
WHAT TO WEAR
Closed toe shoes. Any additional information will be supplied to confirmed attendees.
OTHER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
You can become an AME member for $265 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event.
The host company reserves the right to decline attendees.
Due to the limited numbers there is a maximum five people per company, additions will be added to a waitlist.
This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants.
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Please direct enquiries to Siobhan Browne, Marketing and Events Manager on 1300 263 287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.