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Gallery Director Dawn Oelrich finds herself wondering what she has in common with miners and sawmillers and found it was more than she imagined. 

Productivity Improvers were again featured in the February / March edition of AMT Magaine for the second year running. 

Australian Manufacturing Technology magazine is a bi-monthly magazine published by AMTIL and distributed to over 7000 people nationally.

It is a magazine by the industry, for the industry, with Tasmania highlighted under the 'State Spotlight' for this edition and we thank them for their interest in the SWE.   To read the full edition go to 

The below is an excert from the William Adams Business Improvement Group newsletter 'Good News Story.'    Great Team - Great Results - Good News

In their February 2017 edition, Brand Tasmania shared with their readers the impending visit of Paul Akers and how Productivity Improvers are walking the walk of getting Lean into Tasmania's DNA.

This week we celebrated the first of our Lean Leader courses for 2017, using the Elphinstone Production System in South Burnie.

On 23 October, Caterpillar Burnie played host to seventeen participants, all of whom were keen to learn more about lean production systems.

The tour was spread over both the Wivenhoe and South Burnie sites and provided opportunities for: real world learning, knowledge sharing, relationship building and questioning.

Congratulations to Lean Management student Thomas Snare, who has been awarded the very prestigious Nuffield Scholarship.

To read more about  how LEAN principles are being used in building racing car engines, see our summary below, or purchase the full story from the following website:

Paul Sturzaker is one of sixteen students undertaking Lean Management at Graduate Certificate level through the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Units forming the certificate are: Lean Thinking and Practice; Leading Value Stream Transformation and Change; Process Engineering, Improvement and Innovations; and Workplace Project.

The certificate has been developed in response to Mapping the Connections research, jointly undertaken on the North West Coast of Tasmania by Enterprise Connect and UTAS, during 2012/2013. In the research workplaces identified that future growth necessitated: skill development and training; greater collaboration; and process improvement.

Productivity Improvers Directors, Clynton Jaffray and Michael Bonney are part of the lecturing team delivering these units. Paul is the Manager of Downstream Processing at Grange Resources, Port Latta and we thank him for sharing his thoughts with Alana Jaffray, Business Development Manager at Productivity Improvers.

Coastal business leaders claim change is key to a brighter future