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PDC Site Tour - the Alchin Long Group's Wetherill Park Facility

Improvement, innovation and passion – three words that sum up what drives the team at Alchin Long. National Operations Manager, Graham Lee introduced us to the company and members of the team, who talked us enthusiastically through a number of their improvement initiatives, before leading the tour. Hurray for Australian innovation and determination! 

 

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Established in 1974, the Alchin Long Group (ALG) is the parent company of leading global hardware brands Doric, Cowdroy, Colonial Castings, Azuma and Australian-based Lock & Roll.

ALG's 12,000 m2 Wetherill Park facility was purpose built and encompasses state-of-the-art industrial design, manufacturing, testing and research capabilities. Over 140 staff members work at the site across the business’ four brands.

Valuable insights from the tour included:

  • When management is genuinely invested in success, and has plans going forward and a vision for the future, the enthusiasm filters down and is palpable within the workforce.
  • Early adoption of technology such as 3D printing, can help to motive and enable young engineers.
  • There are two types of people in any workforce - “Leaners” (those who weigh you down) and “Lifters” (those who are engaged and want to be there).
  • It is possible to convince shopfloor teams to happily adopt a routine pause for exercise and a full assembly rotation roster.
  • It’s important to distinguish between management and floor KPIs. Consider how individuals at a particular level can influence the corporate KPIs; and then adapt the measures, the feedback and the recognition accordingly.

Attendee feedback:

“Very well organised, informative and a pleasure to be invited.”

“Excellent workshop presentations first class with great information.”

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