Fast Track to Higher Productivity: Become a Best Factory

An unmissable opportunity to hear how the best in the business transformed their factories into world-class performers.

  • Fast Track your way to higher productivity and discover how to become a Best Factory
  • Learn how the winners of the Best Factory Awards transformed their businesses
  • Share the knowledge, skills and experience of the BFA-winning manufacturers
  • Hear first-hand what strategies, tools and techniques the winning companies adopted
  • Find out how a dedicated approach to Continuous Improvement and innovation can achieve amazing results
  • Factory tour of Siemens Magnet Technology – Best Factory Winners 2015

To find out more about the Best Factory Conference and Awards, please visit our website

Event Programme

08:30 Registration and Coffee
9:25 Welcome and Introduction to the Best Factory Awards. Professor Marek Szwejczewski – Cranfield School of Management
9:30 Creating and sustaining a high performing operation. Coty Inc. Winner of the Best Household & General Products Plant 2016. Discover the background to Coty’s strategy and its implementation. How they created a high performing organisation that delivers improved productivity and also manages high levels of innovation.
10:15 Transforming into a lean manufacturer in a traditional industry. Coveris. Winner of the Energy and Environment Award 2016. Hear how Coveris transformed a traditional plant into a modern lean operation. Learn how they introduced the Coveris Performance System and how they transformed each of their printing lines.
11:30 Achieving world class performance in a high product configuration business. Domino Printing Sciences – Winner of the Best Electronics and Electrical Plant 2016. Learn about Domino’s approach to manufacturing strategy development and implementation. How they have reduced manufacturing lead times and costs.
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Supporting employees and managers on the journey to manufacturing excellence. Herman Miller Ltd – Highly Commended 2016. Learn about the tools and support provided to team leaders and managers to help transform the operation, improve productivity and increase employee engagement.
14:15 Successfully engaging people in a changing business environment. Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems – Winner of the Best Process Plant and Continuous improvement Award. Hear how Fujifilm have engaged their whole workforce, spreading best practice across their facility, especially their innovative new packing lines.
15:30 The Journey of Excellence. Brose Ltd – Toyota Material Handling UK Factory of the Year 2016. Follow Brose’s journey of improvement from 2009. Hear how they developed their front line managers and employees. Learn about their production system, how they designed their new product processes, and achieved dramatic increases in sales turnover.
16:30 The building blocks of organisational transformation. Toyota Material Handling UK – Our Headline Sponsor. Learn from Toyota what building blocks need to be in place in order to achieve organisational transformation.
19:00 Drinks Reception and Dinner. After dinner entertainment provider by former England Rugby Union International Kyran Bracken.

Location and travel details

The Oxford Belfrey
Milton Common

From the north (Bicester, Birmingham, Manchester, M42, M6)

Exit the M40 at Oxford Services (Junction 8/8a). At the slip road roundabout, take the second exit signposted A418 to Aylesbury. After half a mile, turn right onto the A40 to Milton Common and Wallingford. The hotel is 1.5 miles along on the left-hand side.

From the south (London, High Wycombe)

Exit the M40 at Junction 7. Turn right following the A329 towards Thame. Immediately after crossing over the motorway, turn left onto the A40. The hotel is 300 yards along on the right-hand side.

Nearest train stations

Haddenham and Thame - 7 miles

Oxford - 14 miles

Who should attend

The Best Factory Conference is open to all Directors, Managers and Executives from:

  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Production and Engineering
  • Operational
  • Automotive
  • Distribution
  • Purchasing and Procurement


Early Bird rates £1,000 (+VAT) for bookings received before 31 December 2016.

Conference attendance £1,100 (+VAT) includes all conference documentation, refreshments, lunch on both days

How to register

To book your place at the conference, please complete the online booking form

Alternatively, complete the booking form and return it to