Nick Walker - Screentek

The family firm, which started out in business in 2002, has made some amazing improvements since they started out on their lean journey in 2013. Nick started out in the packing department at the ambitious Lancashire company when he was 18 after he realised a degree in computing wasn’t for him. He’s worked his way up from packing supervisor, to looking after sales, orders and purchasing, to operations supervisor and has now been operations manager for 18 months.

Says Nick: “I seem to have moved up every two years and have worked in most areas of the business.

“We were doing some work with the Growth Accelerator and they recommended The Manufacturing Institute’s Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing programme. I’ve never been on a course as good – and I’ve been on a lot.”

The 10 week course, and funding for new equipment, kick-started a series of impressive improvements that have resulted in:

  • Nearly 65% increase in productivity.
  • In December 2015 more net sales were generated than the previous December – but manufacturing hours went down by 1,344.
  • Stock levels reduced by almost 16% by working closely with suppliers and introducing a Kanban system.
  • Nick’s hard work on the ARTL programme, and the projects he has led at Screentek since have earned him the prestigious Lean Manufacturing Fellowship.

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