Since we have started our research on OPEX in 2003 we have observed major changes and several new trends within the pharmaceutical industry: no longer only multinationals have launched efficiency and continuous improvement initiatives, but also small and medium sized companies seek their competitive advantage in powerful OPEX programs. Global competition in a highly dynamic environment, increasing cost pressure, shorter product life cycles, and an increasingly complex production program have a strong impact on the industry and its companies´ production sites – worldwide!
In order to set up a manufacturing site´s improvement program and to derive a sustainable approach it is necessary to be aware of the current performance level of the respective site. The St.Gallen data base provides manufacturing sites with a detailed industry comparison and supports companies in assessing their individual strengths and weaknesses.
As a participant you will get:
- A Performance Rating of your manufacturing site against the current industry level as well as an insight in what top performing sites do including major Key Performance Indicators to be better aware of your current performance level and to foster a realistic Target Setting.
- An Implementation Rating of your manufacturing site against the current industry level as well as an insight in what top performing sites do including the basic principles of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Total Quality Management (TQM), and Just-in-Time (JIT)
- An analysis and comparison of site-related factors influencing site operations.
- The knowledge of Successful Practices in pharmaceutical industry to support a manufacturing site in the identification of its own Room for Improvement.
The assessment of a manufacturing site and comparison with the St.Gallen OPEX data base enables valuable conclusions – in a first step. Reaching a high level of Operational Excellence is not only depending on latest technology. The focus of OPEX lies on the people of a company and how to integrate them into a site´s journey towards excellence. Thus, the subsequent step is concerned with setting up the right initiative to motivate people for continuous improvement in their daily work across all functions.