The Barden Corporation is a member of the multinational Schaeffler Group, which specialises in bearing technologies and precision products for the aerospace, industrial plant and automotive industries. The Group has around 76,000 employees at more than 180 locations worldwide and oversees three main brands: FAG, INA and LUK.
From its Plymouth base, Barden specialises in the manufacture of super precision ball bearings for safety-critical and harsh environment applications in a broad range of market sectors, from aerospace bearings to high performance machine tools.
The first phase: introducing Lean methodology
During the first training initiative, nine teams were formed, each focusing on a specific area of the business and aiming to achieve real and quantifiable improvements through the utilisation of Lean tools.