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Two Baxter International Inc. manufacturing facilities are being recognized with the 2007 Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing. Baxter's North Cove facility in
For nearly 20 years, the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing has honored businesses and researchers who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in manufacturing and the supporting business processes that lead to outstanding quality, cost, delivery and business results. Named in honor of Dr. Shigeo Shingo, the renowned engineer who helped create the highly regarded Toyota Production System, the annual Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing is administered by the
Since winning the Shingo Prize in 2000, employees at Baxter's North Cove facility expanded their focus on implementing a lean enterprise through Baxter's quality leadership process beyond just manufacturing operations to ensure integration across the entire value stream. Every day, leaders and team members are challenged to remove waste not just from individual processes or departments, but also within the value streams connecting these processes. Every employee in the facility is a member of a quality improvement team. Approximately 2,100 employees at the 1.4 million square foot plant produce hundreds of different intravenous and peritoneal dialysis solutions, as well as empty containers and component parts for other Baxter facilities. The facility supplies finished goods used in 59 countries globally, and component parts to other Baxter manufacturing facilities located in 27 countries.
"Through our disciplined approach, we have remained the market leader and have continued to improve product quality and delivery and reduce manufacturing cycle time, year after year, for more than 34 consecutive years," said Tony Johnson, plant manager of Baxter's North Cove facility. "Continuous improvement and a relentless winning spirit are built into our collective DNA at the North Cove facility."
"Our objective is to add value to our customers by improving our processes, being more responsive and reducing waste," said Alejandro Ochoa, general manager of Baxter's
The facilities will receive their awards at the Annual Shingo Prize Conference, to be held in
Baxter International, through its subsidiaries, assists healthcare professionals and their patients with the treatment of complex medical conditions, including hemophilia, immune disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and other conditions. The company applies its expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives.