As a recognition for companies who have stood out worldwide for their excellence in implementing KAIZEN™ principles and practices, the Kaizen Institute promoted the 4th Edition of the Global KAIZEN™ Awards, in a virtual ceremony on November 22, 2022.

Nominees for the Global Award came from 11 countries, representing Brazil, WEG was chosen for its Integrated Manufacturing Line project, receiving the 2nd place award. The company has participated in three editions of the national award and has been awarded 1st place each time.

Each Kaizen Institute business unit nominates the winner of one of its local award categories for the Global KAIZEN™ Award. The candidate (company) is evaluated on their KAIZEN™ maturity. The rating is based on observation by experienced assessors evaluating the application of the five KAIZEN™ principles: Create Customer Value, Let It Flow, Be Gemba-Oriented, Empower People, and Be Scientific and Transparent.

It has been a long journey for WEG to spread the lean culture throughout the factory and implement improvement projects. After more than 10 years, the company’s production units had developed and matured enough to make it possible to fulfill an old dream of connecting all the product manufacturing processes. This is the beginning of the concept for Integrated Manufacturing Lines.

For WEG, being selected to participate in the global award is a great honor which demonstrates our ability to continuously improve and implement processes according to the lean philosophy. As a result of teamwork, significant gains were achieved in productivity, lead time and quality indicators.