22 February 2012

Zambia: AFIL-LENCO Ups Production of Door Frames

AFIL Engineering Limited, former Lusaka Engineering Company (LENCO) has increased its production of door frames from 813 to 853 in the last six months.

Afil Engineering welder, who is also group leader for challengers Jasiel Thawete, said the company had increased its production of manufactured door frames in the last six months due to the implementation the Japanese Kaizen programme.

Mr Thawete said the implementation of the programme which commenced from June to November last year, had recorded a rise in the number of door frames manufactured by the company.

"We started implementation of the time processing of the manufactured door frames under the Kaizen programme last year from June to November 2011," he said.

Speaking in Lusaka, Mr Thawete said since the implementation of the programme, the firm had seen increased levels of range of door frames being manufactured and improved quality.

"Kaizen activities have made us improve in all areas of our operations which has seen defect ratio improve by 62 per cent," he said.

Mr Thawete said skill development through the KAIZEN activities was fundamental to developing and improving on the production levels.

LENCO has a long history of producing quality steel products before it became part of Agro-Fuel.

The company employs trained engineers and technicians for its metal fabrication, welding and other production processes, as well as ensuring the consistent high quality demand for medical equipment.

The AFIL Engineering factory is well-established, with up-to-date machinery.

Other products manufactured by LENCO-AFIL include trailers, building supplies and office furniture.

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