What’s the Response?
Process improvement activities for chemical clients are not restricted to manufacturing operations. With complex global supply chains, chemical companies face ever growing challenges to optimize purchasing processes, logistics and supplier quality. Application of the entire Lean Six Sigma toolkit allows chemical clients to reduce defects, lower working capital and improve supplier responsiveness.
Process improvement of transactional business processes also applies to internal processes such as quarterly closing of books, human resource hiring procedures, price quoting and computer helpdesk requests. While the list of internal business processes is quite extensive, these processes have generally not been analyzed with the same rigor as manufacturing operations. Companies in the chemical industry typically find major financial returns when applying Lean Six Sigma techniques to these processes.