ZEN SA, the automotive industry based in Brusque (SC), is among the companies in the world that best apply the culture of continuous improvement and anti-waste for the efficiency of their operations. Who certifies is the KAIZEN Institute, the most important institute directed to propagate the Lean Philosophy. On Thursday 14th, the president of ZEN SA, Gilberto Heinzelmann, was in Bologna, Italy, to represent Brazil and receive a decoration for the company, which won second place in the Global KAIZEN™ Award.
As the winner of the Global KAIZEN™ Award, ZEN SA presents a scenario desired by companies of all sizes. In five years the Cost of Non Quality (CNQ) was reduced by more than 80%, productivity grew 30% and the time it takes for a part to go through all the processes before being sent to the customer was reduced by 75%. In addition to productivity gains, Lean-driven work also contributes to collaborator safety. During this period, the company reduced the number of accidents by 95%. To standardize manufacturing based on Lean concepts, in 2017 the company launched its own manufacturing system.
To be accepted as a finalist in the global edition, the company from Santa Catarina underwent a new evaluation and approval of other branches of the KAIZEN™ Institute worldwide.
The first place of the Global KAIZEN™ Award went to Portuguese Galp, second to ZEN SA and third to Italian Ducati Motor Holding.