JT, the UK’s leading shower tray manufacturer, has started 2010 with a splash investing smartly in internal relations at the organisation and new machinery at its Leeds manufacturing base. This investment, totaling £150,000, is set to improve productivity and efficiency.

Staff development at JT, who produce over 28% of the UK’s shower trays, has always been a key priority, ensuring the high demands in production quality are met, as well as increasing the levels of education and training. Recently, 20 managers, supervisors and operators completed their Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) NVQ Level 2, and three members of the office team have also completed their Customer Service NVQ’s.

The BIT programme is funded via Train to Gain, a joint investment between JT and the Government. The programme helps boost businesses by improving the skills of individual staff members. This particular award included training in Health and Safety, Visual Management, 5S, Problem Solving methodology, Kaisen implementation, Overall Equipment Effectiveness and SMED.

The training, which lasted nine months, led to a 25% improvement in efficiency, a 33% reduction in finished product scrap and a reduced tool change time in vacuum forming from 90 minutes to 45 minutes.

In addition to this success, three of the team are also celebrating achieving Level 1 and Level 2 NVQ qualifications in Customer Service. Susan Corke has been awarded her Level 1 certificate whilst Zoe Limbert and Laura Bownes achieved their level two awards, with Laura accomplishing a test score recorded as the highest ever seen by YH Training Services.

The final addition to the JT offering is a new state of the art casting machine, which will enable a 50% increase in productivity and improve the quality of the low profile JT40Fusion production facility.

Paul Crossley, Managing Director of JT, added: “The achievements made by the staff over recent months are a credit to their hard work and dedication. We are proud to be a British Manufacturing success story and through investment in our staff and our machinery, we’re pushing forward to the next level within the bathroom industry, maintaining our reputation as the UK’s leading shower tray manufacturer, whilst continuing to improve our levels of service and quality.”

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