Investing for the Future : New Equipment and ‘’Lean’’.
With a very busy recycling yard in Rainham, just off the M25, F J Church continues to achieve a fast turnaround for all suppliers and hauliers taking away containers and bulkers for export.
Four new Mitsubishi Fork trucks have increased the fleet to twelve in the yard alongside two new Liebherr cranes that are also flat out dealing with the regular 1000 tonnes per week that must be processed through the company.
In 2006 the company went through extensive Lean Training with which FJC increased working space from the original layout by 117%. Extensive productivity gains were made in the administration and shipping departments. In that same year FJC won the Lean Business of the Year in the Thames Gateway Region. Three members of staff have recently been awarded NVQ certificates for Lean. With the Kaizen philosophy of ‘Continuous Improvement’ new ideas are regularly being tested and productivity improved. The Lean Academy were so impressed they made a video about the success achieved at F J Church and Sons.