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Wasting Less Resources: Conference Aims to Generate Solutions for Lean Production

Europe's most important conference in the field of lean management will take place in Chemnitz from September 25 to 27, 2024

“Waste comes in many forms, and it is and remains an issue even in times of digitalization,” says Prof. Dr. Matthias Thürer, who heads the Professorship of Factory Planning and Intralogistics at Chemnitz University of Technology. “Given the current global context, which is characterized by increasing uncertainty and ever higher costs, the exchange on how to better manage organizations is particularly important. Lean Thinking provides a comprehensive philosophy, but also requires innovative educators.”

Against this background his Professorship organizes the 10th European Lean Educator Conference (ELEC). It will take place from September 25th to 27th at Chemnitz University of Technology. The high-profile conference brings together leading lean management experts that aim at making processes better and possibly cheaper. The focus is on the latest insights from practice, and the exchange of experiences within science as well as between academic institutions, industry and public services. An industry tour and social events round off the official program, consisting of keynotes, sessions and workshops. Researchers, teachers, coaches, company representatives and anyone interested are invited to attend.

Conference website: www.lean-educator.eu

Background of lean management

It is becoming increasingly difficult for high-wage countries to maintain living standards. There is the inevitable globalization, an aging population and the lack of skilled workers. “It is therefore no coincidence that greater efficiency and effectiveness is called for in production and administration. Many organizations are trying to solve the challenges with new (digital) technologies. They overlook the fact that a technology is only as good as its application. Otherwise, the supposed solution creates new digital waste. The key to more efficient and effective processes lies in process design,” explains Thürer. This is exactly where lean management comes into play.

For further information on the European Lean Educator Conference (ELEC), please contact Prof. Dr. Matthias Thürer, email elec@mb.tu-chemnitz.de

(Translation: Diana Falke)

Mario Steinebach

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