A leading automotive parts manufacturer selected Kaufman Global to support their efforts to improve profitability and competitiveness. The change was initiated during a time of significant business headwinds which included: a merger, the introduction of new products, union organizing efforts, and a drop in demand of 50 percent. In addition to the competitiveness improvements made during the project, considerable effort was applied to accelerate the sites’ adoption and practice of a “Continuous Improvement” culture. This was done through adoption of Kaufman’s SLIM-IT® approach to implementation and sustainability. In-house facilitators were given intensive hands-on training, enabling them to lead change efforts. LDMS was implemented within all workgroups to drive ownership at the shop floor level, and Executive Steering Committees were formed to give structure to the site leadership teams who were directing improvement efforts. Rapid Improvement Events drove impactful process changes. With the bespoke system generating the desired changes at a steady pace, the client went on to spread it’s Continuous Improvement performance system throughout all of its 120+ plants in over 25 countries.