The AIDC would like to invite you to attend the National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards in Gauteng (Venue to be confirmed) on 19 March 2020 at 8:00AM.

Download below the documents with more details about the conference and competition as well as  the entry form should you be interested to participate in the competition.

What does Kaizen mean?

Kaizen is Japanese word for “improvement” or “change for the better”. It is a philosophy or set of practices that focus on continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering services, supporting business processes and management. The kaizen concept stimulates productivity improvement as an ongoing process in companies. The kaizen competition is organised to recognise and encourage automotive manufacturing suppliers which give importance to continuous improvements through kaizens.

History of Kaizen Seminar now National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards March 2020

The AIDC Eastern Cape hosted the first ever Kaizen Seminar in conjunction with AIDC Gauteng in March 2015. It was agreed that the seminar will alternate between the two provinces and the focus will be on increasing the number of kaizen participants and attendees. The National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards is the 1st to be organised by AIDC and will encourage the automotive 1st, 2nd & 3rd tier suppliers as well as SMMEs and Black Industrialists to participate.

What does the AIDC want to achieve from this?

The competition is conducted for operators, supervisors and first level managers of companies that is currently implementing kaizen initiatives or have made improvements in the previous 4 years (2015-2019). The competition will recognise and award the companies who have adopted kaizens not only at the shopfloor but, also other areas of the business such as office area, scrap yard, stores etc. The aim is to improve “SPQCDM&E” (Safety, Productivity, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Morale & Environment).

  1. Create more awareness of kaizen
  2. Recognise companies that pursue kaizen by encouraging participation through competition
  3. Share knowledge and learning and improve continuous improvement culture within the automotive manufacturing suppliers

Kaizen Categories

There will be 2 levels of kaizens to be presented, with a winner in each category

Category 1: Shopfloor kaizen (Supervisor Level and downwards)

Category 2: Engineer/Manager kaizen (Engineer level and upwards)


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Should you require further assistance please contact: (Beauty Mbatyoti)