Your turning point for success


Leveraging the Lean Network

Launching Lean initiatives

Presentation Code: VS1-01

Value Stream: VS1 - People

Day & Time: Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 - 9:00 AM

Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Sharing can make you stronger, and the Lean Network is all about sharing. That's why Nissin Brake Ohio is one of the 60 Honda suppliers that belong to the Lean Network.

The Lean Network is an independent organization guided by a Steering Committee of two Honda representatives and nine supplier representatives. The Network organizes meetings and workshops where best practices are shared among the member companies. And it has been very successful. Nissin Brake has been able to leverage the resources and activities of the Network to support its N.E.W. Group (Nissin Elimination of Waste) in the implementation of many breakthrough initiatives. Other businesses can benefit from building relationships in a networking community to create a competitive advantage for the participating companies, and you will gain helpful insights into how to do so during this presentation.

In this presentation:

  • Hear about the Lean Network and why it was formed.
  • Find out how the Lean Network works and the advantages of belonging to it.
  • Learn how Nissin Brake has benefited from belonging to the Lean Network.
  • Find out how to benchmark and build relationships in a network.
  • Hear how you too can benefit and gain a competitive advantage by forming a Lean Network.



Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Nissin Brake Ohio, Inc. was established by Nissin Kogyo Co. Ltd. In 1988 as the Findlex Corporation in Findlay, Ohio. Nissin Brake is a Tier 1 supplier of brake systems for automotive and non-automotive applications for Honda, Harley-Davidson and GM.

Honda of America's Plants in Ohio manufacture many of the most popular and highest quality vehicles sold in the United States. Honda's two auto plants in Ohio have the capacity to produce approximately 700,000 cars and light trucks annually, over a million engines and three quarters of a million automatic transmissions.


The Union of Concerned Scientists has awarded American Honda Motor Co. its 5th consecutive "Greenest Automaker" title for efforts to reduce carbon emissions from cars.
Honda has taken the top spot in an annual study for 2009 and 2010 conducted by Planning Perspectives of the automakers' supplier working relations.


Jack Parsons, Senior Staff Engineer

Jack Parsons is a Senior Staff Engineer with Honda of America Mfg., Inc.  He has worked for Honda of America for over 25 years in manufacturing, supplier quality and supplier development.

Jack currently is an advisor for the Lean Network and serves on the steering committee and the executive board.

Andy Gargac, Senior Manager, Production Support

Andy Gargac has worked for Nissin Brake Ohio (NBO) for 13 years and currently serves as the Senior Manager of Production Support. Andy took charge of NBO's Lean activities in 2009, as he launched the N.E.W. Group (Nissin Elimination of Waste). Learning from benchmarking opportunities through the Lean Network, Andy has been able to lead his team through significant initiatives in Standard Work, TPM and Kaizen Bursts.



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