Chris McKellen
Manufacturing Awareness Ltd

2  Landedmans



Tel: 01942 816492
01942 816492
0771 282 5097



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  Key Skills & Services:   Chris consults, trains, facilitates and mentors businesses as a whole and people in business improvement techniques – lean thinking
His ’ideal’ is to start by helping directors / senior managers establish their vision for change and then develop their strategy to implement the change.    Comfortable working at all levels within an orgaisation,  he believes that change can only be archived through people!
Chris enjoys getting his hands dirty on the shop floor as much as dealing with the business strategy.
He has a number of training programmes to help improve businesses but believes strongly that these must be customised to suit each individual client.
  Career Background:  

Chris started his career in the machine tool industry before moving to one of the world's leading compressor manufacturers.   He was involved in setting up a new factory to manufacture air compressors, for use on the North Sea oil rigs, prior to taking up a group role in manufacturing engineering.   His move to a specialist diesel engine manufacturer gave him an insight in to the benefits and pitfalls of the early flexible manufacturing systems and the need to increase productivity on such systems.   


After joining the automotive division of a major US based group, he learned that some of the traditional planning tools and measures used throughout manufacturing industries could sometimes create major problems within the business.   This realisation, coupled with the need to improve productivity in a highly unionised environment, led to his keen interest in Lean Manufacturing, the empowerment of employees and the constant drive to become World Class.


He moved to the People's Republic of China to take total responsibility for setting up and the start up of a new World Class manufacturing plant for automotive components.  This plant was soon recognised as being the benchmark plant for quality and productivity in the turbocharger business.  Following his return to the UK, he co-ordinated the six-sigma / operational excellence program across a number of European plants before carrying out consultancy assignments in the area of Lean Manufacturing.


He completed a long term assignment with another major US based automotive component manufacturing company where he trained employees in modern manufacturing techniques, managed major projects and introduced the Lean Manufacturing concepts and philosophies to traditional purchasing and materials departments and the supply chain.


He then set up Manufacturing Awareness Limited and has helped many companies, both large and small, in several sectors, to implement business improvement techniques.

  Industry sectors:  
All including manufacturing and administration
BA.  MIEE    (National Consultants Register)
Chris is passionate about implementing business improvements through the application of ‘lean’ techniques.
He has written several books including:
A Journey Towards Manufacturing Excellence (ISBN 0-9466262-1-4)
QRS for Lean in Manufacturing (ISBN 0-9546262-0-6)
QRS for Lean in the Office (ISBL 0-9546262-2-2)
QRS for Lean in Constriction (ISBN 0-9546262-3-0)
Implementing Business Improvement Techniques (0-9546262-5-7)

He is a regular contributor to technical journals and speaker at conferences on lean thinking.

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