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SYSTEMS FORUM AT HELLA
AUSTRALIA A MAJOR
Hella Australia was honoured that key original equipment customer Toyota
Australia selected it to host the major industry event Toyota Production
Systems (TPS) Forum at the end of last year.
The event brought together a large group of
Toyota Australia suppliers, federal and local
government identities and Toyota Australia
guests at Hella Australia’s manufacturing plant
in Mentone, Victoria.
The TPS forum included a total of six major
presentations by key Hella Australia
manufacturing and production experts, along
with Hella Australia CEO Olavi Rantala.
These presentations outlined the many
improvements Hella Australia has made
through its original equipment manufacturing
operations for Australia’s top selling automotive
The detailed presentations also highlighted
Hella Australia’s use of its automotive lighting
technology and expertise to create new and
innovative lighting products for use in other
industries, such as the company’s highly
successful mining industry product range.
The TPS Forum also enabled other Toyota
Australia suppliers to discuss production
enhancements and improvements that they
Hella Australia experts, headed by Hella
Australia’s Operational Excellence Manager for
Special Projects, Arne Baklien, provided a vast
insight to the significant changes that Hella
Australia has made to achieve constant
manufacturing excellence over the past seven
“We covered a great deal of how Hella
Australia has managed to refine its processes
and we guided our guests through our
operations and how we have managed to
optimise our efficiencies and create entirely
new manufacturing line concepts, such as our
Big Island manufacturing line designed
specifically for Toyota Australia,” Mr Baklien
“This created major efficiencies by
ensuring that the one production line, under
one roof, saw every facet of the production
process through to the final product.
“We also covered a selection of other core
efficiencies that we have created here well in
advance of products going into production.”
Hella Australia CEO Olavi Rantala said the
TPS Forum was an integral event for sharing
production concepts and strategies between
Toyota Australia suppliers.
“The TPS Forum held at Hella Australia
enabled us to showcase the major
improvements and efficiencies that we have
made to ensure that our Australian
manufacturing operation remains not only
viable but very successful,” he said.
“Our dedication to ensuring the highest
quality and optimum delivery of product to
Toyota Australia was an integral part of the
forum, providing key examples of how all of
Toyota’s suppliers can benefit from the lessons
that we have learned over the years and with
the challenges that we have faced.
“It was also excellent to hear how other
suppliers have also worked diligently to ensure
constant improvement and there is no doubt
that everyone came away from the event with
something that could assist them as premium
tier suppliers to Toyota in the years ahead.”
Hella Australia was delighted to host such
an integral event at the invitation of Toyota
Australia and looked forward to hosting future
similar events in the future.
The TPS Forum provided suppliers and
invited guests with a detailed insight to the
processes and developments that ensure Hella
Australia remains a world class original
equipment manufacturer for many years to
ZF OPENS FIRST
ZF has opened an additional assembly
factory for passenger car axle sets in the
Malaysian city of Kulim.
The facility, 350 kilometres north of the capital
Kuala Lumpur, will house 50 employees to initially
assemble axle sets for production in the nearby BMW
In Kulim, ZF will start with the assembly of
Completely Knocked Down (CKD) axles, which are
delivered ready to install from other ZF locations.
The BMW Group is ZF’s onsite customer and the
front and rear axles will be installed in several BMW
and Mini model ranges.
“The opening in Kulim shows that ZF establishes
production locations in markets with potential at an
early stage,” ZF Chief Executive Officer, Dr Stefan
Experts believe that countries like Malaysia will see
a significant increase in automotive demand by 2020.
Therefore, many manufacturers and suppliers like
ZF are already establishing production capacities on
site to have a head start for the foreseeable market
Dr Peter Holdmann is responsible for the
international business with passenger car axle systems
in ZF’s Car Chassis Technology division.
“The new plant in Kulim is an expansion of our
worldwide network of axle assembly locations,” he said.
“It benefits from the production capacities that are
already available in the region and from our experience
in Asia Pacific.”
Since the end of the 1990s, the just-in-time and
just-in-sequence assembly of front and rear axles for
passenger car manufacturers has been one of the
important international fields of action for the ZF
With a total of 16 locations worldwide, the group
produces complete axle sets near the customer at eight
locations in the region of Asia Pacific.
ZF has a total of roughly 8000 employees in Asia
Pacific and further growth is expected.
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