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AkzoNobel Salt Specialties

Consolidating strengths while learning to improve

AkzoNobel Salt Specialties' aim is to be and remain the leading salt specialties business in Europe. They called in ARV Group to help assess the organization and ultimately implement a change program that would set a new course for company culture while leading to greater operational efficiency.


An integrated, stepwise three-year program to bring about improvements in maintenance, OEE, line staffing, waste management and basics such as 5S, zoning, improvement teams and performance management. The roll-out included not only essential Lean elements, but also provided for organizational development, with proper change processes attuned to the local setting. All key players, from shop floor to site management, were to be involved in drafting a multi-year plan.

Concrete results:

  • Potential six-figure annual savings identified at international sites
  • On-the-job training and facilitation for key players
  • Support model for line-management development in place
  • Performance management implemented and further expanded

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"With ARV Group's help we were able to bring our operations into line with tough corporate objectives, while at the same time establishing broader ownership on the part of our people for the changes made and for those yet to come."
Jesper Frederiksen, Director Operations Salt Specialties