Exopack Advanced Coatings - 9/22/2008
InteliCoat Technologies Receives Massachusetts Workforce Training
Fund Award for Implementation of LEAN Manufacturing
South Hadley, Mass., September 22, 2008 – InteliCoat Technologies®, a world leader in the manufacture of
coated paper, film, and specialty substrates for digital imaging applications, today announced that it has been
awarded $381,350 by the State of Massachusetts to help fund the company’s enterprise-wide LEAN
implementation. Launched in October 2007 and gaining momentum through the course of 2008, the goal of
the LEAN Program is to eliminate waste company-wide in every process within the customer value chain. To
date, the program has played a critical role in accelerating time-to-market for new products, increasing
customer service levels and strengthening InteliCoat’s global leadership in providing world-class digital
imaging products to the wide format market.
The grant will enable InteliCoat to continue to fund the changes necessary to optimize operational cost
reductions, resulting in a boost in productivity improvement, which will be especially welcome with the cost
of raw materials and energy rising at unprecedented rates. InteliCoat has already employed workforce
training in the following LEAN methods:
Waste Awareness and Elimination Training – 85% of the company’s employees spent one-half day each to
understand how to identify and eliminate waste.
“5S” Training – Simplify/Straighten/Scrub/Stabilize/Self Discipline – A key culture-changing practice that
involves everyone in the waste elimination process on a day-to-day basis.
This grant will allow the following additional training:
Operational Capability – Building basic capability and enabling small-batch production.
Knowledge Flow – Training designed to improve flow processes, exploit operational agility and link operations
more closely with customer demand.
Operational Excellence – 1) Linking capabilities and knowledge to outside chain suppliers in order to make
the supply chain leaner and more responsive. This involves material procurement, sales and marketing,
design and manufacturing efforts. 2) Attacking bottlenecks throughout the processes, utilizing Kaizen events.
The goal is to make these events routine as employees become in-house-certified and trained in Kaizen
Sustainability – Utilizing 5S as the foundation for culture creation, managing these five fundamentals will
allow InteliCoat to sustain not only current but also future processes that will provide the competitive edge
necessary in the global market.
“We’re extremely excited about receiving the Workforce Training Fund Award and about expanding upon
InteliCoat’s commitment to excellence through our LEAN Program. This is a true vote of confidence in our
business plan by the state of Massachusetts,” said Joe Lupone, CEO of InteliCoat. “As a result of implementing
LEAN throughout the enterprise, we’ve made significant progress in dramatically reducing operational costs
and waste while increasing our service levels. We’re confident that this approach will provide our customers
with greater value.”