BASF Automotive Refinish announced that it has expanded its lean educational program for customers to include additional workshops.
Originally launched as part of BASF’s VisionPlus University (VPU) in 2008, BASF’s lean program offered customers a half-day introduction to lean, giving collision centers a high-level overview of lean concepts. BASF’s lean education component of VPU now includes three additional programs.
Launching Lean (VPU-031) is a two-day workshop that demonstrates fundamental concepts and introduces the tools needed to implement lean in a collision repair center. This is the first step in implementing a continuous improvement business model.
Lean Implementation (VPU-032) is a three-day workshop centered around a body shop simulation that guides customers in identifying non-value added activities, exploring methods for reducing waste and developing ways to measure success.
Leading a Lean Culture (VPU-033) is a seminar in which owners and managers will assess their individual businesses and establish a plan for lean implementation.
BASF’s program was developed in-house by its team of Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts and collision industry experts. The curriculum was designed with the intent to teach collision centers the concepts so that they can create their own lean models.
“At BASF, lean is part of the culture; it’s practiced here every day,” said Darlene Eilenberger, marketing director for BASF Coatings North America. “We are excited to be sharing our knowledge and expertise by taking this philosophy and practice to our customers.”
Typically, classes are taught at a BASF facility by a BASF instructor who has years of collision industry experience and who has used lean principles in his or her everyday work. Occasionally, classes are taught at customer locations if both attendee and facility criteria are met.