Growth Improves As Continuous Improvement Matures

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Manufacturing leadership survey sponsored by TBM Consulting Group: Companies with moderate or mature CI programs have more cash; and better revenues, operating income growth.

“Today’s global enterprises need to not only grow, but grow intelligently,” commented Anand Sharma, CEO and founder of TBM Consulting Group.

While global manufacturers commonly use continuous-improvement (CI) programs such as lean management and Six Sigma to control costs, increase productivity and improve quality, executives at these same companies often overlook the ultimate benefit of long-term CI implementation — improved top- and bottom-line growth and increased cash flow.

According to the TBM Consulting Group sponsored 12-page report and one-hour webinar, “Breakthrough Objectives and Continuous Improvement: Closing The Gaps,” companies with CI programs are much more successful at increasing revenues, operating income and cash flow; the ability to grow increases as a company’s CI program matures, and to get more from their CI programs, leaders should improve communications, speed up problem solving, and have a better understanding of customer demand.

“Today’s global enterprises need to not only grow, but grow intelligently,” commented Anand Sharma, CEO and founder of TBM Consulting Group, which sponsored the survey of manufacturing leaders and subsequent report and webinar. “When they include their CI efforts as a significant part of growth strategy, they achieve better and longer-lasting growth — especially if CI programs are nurtured into more mature stages.”

TBM partnered with IndustryWeek magazine to survey its executive-level readers. The partners wanted to ascertain how leaders were incorporating CI into growth strategies. The report and webinar were based on the survey of roughly 38,000 readers with c-level, VP, or director titles; with a response rate of 0.8%.

The findings and report will be discussed in depth at an executive roundtable April 23-25 at the 2012 IW Best Plants Conference in Indianapolis.

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About TBM Consulting Group: TBM Consulting Group is a global consulting firm that drives rapid execution of business strategies to achieve significant growth in sales and earnings through operational excellence. We work with clients to improve business performance by leveraging their investments and creatively engaging their human resources. TBM clients leverage operational excellence to grow their bottom line, optimize total working capital, increase speed to market, and create significant value for associates and shareholders. For more information, visit

About IndustryWeek: IndustryWeek connects decision- makers within manufacturing enterprises to share ideas and tools that inspire action. In print, online and in person, the IndustryWeek community is the leading resource for manufacturing operations knowledge. IndustryWeek is a property of Penton Media Inc. For more information, go to

Angela Scenna
Director of Marketing | TBM Consulting Group, Inc.
(O) 919.313.1826
Email: ascenna(at)tbmcg(dot)com | Twitter: @TBMtalks


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