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Danone Nutricia

Clarity Cuijk

Danone Nutricia in Cuijk (NL) is a European leader in powdered milk for infant nutrition. The company was faced with a series of urgent targets. Operating efficiency needed a boost, rationalizations had to be carried out in maintenance and purchasing. Supply-Point Manager Gert-Jan Hoogers contacted ARV Group for support.

ARV Group presented a plan tailored to the supply point's needs. The assessment showed that the plant could, in fact, achieve structural savings even more ambitious than what management had first considered feasible.


  • Two-part objective: to optimize operational efficiency among the Europeans supply points and to change mentality and behavior within the organization as the basis for continuous improvement of its production and business processes.
  • The introduction of results-based performance management systems.
  • The implementation of an efficiency improvement campaign - bases on "lean" operations and world class manufacturing practices.
  • Focus on major cost drivers such as OEE, waste, maintenance and purchasing.
  • Implementation in "waves" over a two-year period, thereby providing the benefit of sharing best practices between Danone Numico's European supply points’.

Concrete results:

  • Structural savings of almost € 3 million annually,
  • A boost in OEE of 20 to 40% on two spray-dryers and two packaging lines,
  • Significant and sustainable economies in maintenance and purchasing, 
  • As spin-off: continuous improvement processes firmly in place through the entire organization.
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With the Clarity program we're writing company history, and that is quite an achievement, something we can all be proud of. The drive and motivation of the local MT was instrumental in making this project a great success as well. Clarity has facilitated the actual implementation of our Supply Point Master Plan, and so provides us with the competitive edge we strive for.
Gert-Jan Hoogers Supply Point Manager