Step into Dakri Carton’s journey to becoming the leading cardboard packaging supplier it is today. Discover how the small company grew, from producing 500000m2 of cardboard every month to producing 200 000 cardboard boxes a day.
Such productivity is undeniably the result of the company’s forward-looking strategy. From semi-automatic machinery, Dakri Cartons did not hesitate to invest in fully automatic machines, and four colour presses to enhance the quality of their products, all the while reducing their turnaround time. This transition from manual-intensive methods of work to more automatic lines requires less human input in the production stages, leaving the employees ample time and resources to focus on innovative design, strict quality control and responsive customer service.
Kaizen, the dynamism of improvement
“Continuous improvement and innovation are our cornerstone”, Nazir Dakri, CEO of Dakri Cartons Ltd says. “We are introducing the Kaizen principle, a system of continuous improvement, to rally the engagement of all employees. It encourages them to think of how they can improve their working conditions, while also thinking of the positive impact of these changes on their colleagues”, he adds. This Japanese philosophy translates to “good change” and involves employees at all levels of the company working together to improve the manufacturing process. This employee welfare culture not only makes for happier employees; it also values their knowledge and fosters innovative ideas to optimise processes.
The 6 key milestones
Dakri Carton’s well-rounded approach to innovation can be seen in 6 key milestones
- Exporting their products and service, which allowed for greater demand
- Upgrading the technology from a manual system to a fully automatic second-hand in-line system allowing remote troubleshooting of machines
- Acquiring a new site at Petit Verger
- Merging all manufacturing capabilities under one roof
- Investing in cutting-edge machines with the highest production capabilities
- Getting an ISO accreditation to certify the continuous improvement process
2023, the era of optimised digitalisation
The company, which has already invested in a robust IT infrastructure, from Excel to integrated MRP, and ERP Systems is, nonetheless, looking forward to embracing further technological advances.
“It is the key to adopting a culture of predictive rather than reactive maintenance and introducing a leadership pipeline structure, allowing our employees to grow in their career or explore new opportunities through a well-built education program”, the CEO of Dakri Cartons explains. Going forward, innovating also involves adopting the 5 “S” of manufacturing: Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain to minimize waste and maximise efficiency. A promising agenda for the company which seems to thrive on positive change.
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