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KAEFER’s Lean Journey

Focusing on customer value.

It sounds obvious when you first think about it – waste is the enemy of efficiency. But the more you take that thinking to heart, the more the scale of the challenge becomes apparent. It’s called ‘lean’ thinking. And while it’s not exclusive to KAEFER, our vision to ‘eliminate the energy waste’ sits very well within the framework of lean and its corresponding way of acting.  

Simply put, lean means creating more value for our clients with fewer resources. And this is achieved by generating as close to zero waste as possible by optimising processes and continuously improving them. The idea is to waste less time, effort and materials. This allows us to achieve higher levels of health, safety and efficiency by getting our services right the first time, while meeting all quality requirements. Lean is also a cornerstone of our RED strategy, as it makes us recognised, more efficient and different.  

This benefits our clients as much as it benefits us. And our unique approach to applying and living it involves educating and training our employees to not just ‘do’ lean, but to ‘be’ lean on every step in their journey. Because it would be (a) waste if we didn’t capitalise on the ideas of all KAEFER employees when working towards a common goal. Lean makes this possible and empowers employees to constructively and creatively shape the way they work.   

Our commitment to excellence helps maximize our clients’ success. It’s a commitment to deliver the best products and services to our clients through excellence in our people practices, systems and processes and to continuously manage and improve our performance

George Wardrope
Managing Director

History of KAEFER's lean journey
Lean principles at KAEFER
Lean principles at KAEFER
Lean development programme
Lean development programme