Meet the Bronze Award Winners – Kaefer UK – Faslane (HMNB Clyde)

KAEFER in the UK & Ireland serves a large and growing range of industries with asset integrity services. These services include access solutions, insulation, inspection & testing, protective coatings, asbestos management and more – generating an annual turnover of c.£250 Million. The company currently has 8 operating centres across the UK and Ireland, employing approximately 3,000 highly skilled and experienced people.

Keafer Ltd have been supporting Babcock International for a number of years by providing painting, blasting and scaffolding services.

Kaefer operates with a strategic Lean team. Babcock Faslane and Kaefer Corporate introduced them to SC21. Babcock Faslane are their regional partners, and JLC Consultants Ltd their SC21 partners.

Kaefer Ltd has strategic goals which include continuing growth in the UK naval sector, expanding the range and scope of service on all sites through the development of operational excellence.

Kaefer Ltd is keen to develop their SC21 journey across all sites. Faslane will embed the Bronze learning before seeking to progress to Silver level performance.

Kaefer has found that their Lean Champions act as ambassadors for ongoing participation with the ADS SC21 Continuous Improvement Programme, utilising the structures and gap analysis to deliver improvement and innovation.

Kaefer has experienced several benefits from the programme:

  • Leaner processes
  • Waste reduction
  • Workforce involvement/motivation
  • Improved workforce skills
  • Improved use of internal business information
  • Improved customer/supplier relationships
  • Improved quality performance over the past 12 months
  • Improved delivery performance over the past 12 months

A quote from their Business Manager, Alan Westhall: “Our SC21 Journey has facilitated our site teams in becoming better leaders; engaging with our staff and operators in focusing on improvements and a delivering actions.”