Lean Manufacturing is centered on making obvious what adds value by reducing everything else. Lean Manufacturing is a management philosophy derived mostly from the Toyota Production System.
Sequal operates using Lean principles, and we love supplying customers who operate the same way. This is because manufactures who operate to lean principles understand the real cost of waste and therefore highly value custom cut lumber.
Below is a short interview with one of our favourite Lean Manufacturers, EFS. They make mouldings and other great products for Home Dept in the USA
How has choosing custom cut lumber helped your business?
“Custom cut can lower my raw material cost since I buy the custom at the same price of standard means I can sell my products with lower cost and higher recovery than others.”
Why did you move from local supply to importing?
“The reason is quite simple, because no local can do custom cut for me. So I started to look for importing from NZ and found Sequal who is the only supplier can do custom cut in NZ.”
Why do you use NZ Radiata Pine?
“Our customer specify to use NZ Radiata Pine, plus I think NZ pine is the suitable wood for them from the point of view of it being economical and practical.”
There is no doubt that custom cutting to order is a unique approach to lumber supply, which enable a number of very special customer focused things:
- We can supply the best size lumber to optimize customers’ processes.
- We will cut our customers lumber to order, so it’s fresh
- We will ship and land the lumber to an agreed supply program, even weekly
We can also support these features with pay as you go finance structures.
Which means when we partner together we fundamentally change the lumber supply chain. Giving the customer what they really need, when they need it, freeing up capital to invest and grow.
More short interviews to follow.