Kazakhstan’s constructors master kaizen
Kazakhstan’s construction companies are adopting the Japanese lean manufacturing principle, Kaizen. Members of the upper house of the Japanese Parliament and experts visited one of the construction sites in Astana, where Kaizen is already in use. Japanese experts got acquainted with results of the development support program that is provided to Kazakhstan by the Japanese Government. Kaizen or in other words “continual improvement” is popular all over the world. First of all, it refers to continuous improvement of all processes in the company. This philosophy can be applied at any level particularly, from the optimal organization of workplaces in the office to the alignment of strategic business goals at the factory.
HAJIME SUZUKI, EXPERT, JAPANESE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY:
- We have begun to systematically improve the work with local construction companies. The most important aspect in Kaizen philosophy is teamwork, and every employee's involvement in constant improvements starting from designer to accountant. Another goal in the lean manufacturing system is the timely identified shortcomings.
TALGAT YERGALIYEV, CHAIRMAN, UNION OF CONSTRUCTORS, KAZAKHSTAN:
- We got acquainted with this system in 2008 and 2009. We are introducing it with the help of our Japanese colleagues in construction in Astana and Kazakhstan. It is very significant for us to increase the labor efficiency, to lower the cost of housing and to improve the quality of construction.