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WCM World Class Manufacturing - Japan

11 - 15 Sep 2017

Since the first edition in 1992, more than 700 participants from across all EU Member states have participated in this practical training course.

The 5-day World Class Manufacturing training mission provides an in-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology and is aimed exclusively at EU managers with knowledge of WCM and an engineering background. It assists the participants to acquire a better understanding of TQC (Total Quality Control), TQM (Total Quality Management), TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), JIT (Just In Time), TIE (Total Industrial Engineering) practices and the current KAIZEN manufacturing methods (continuous improvement).

The training course consists of lectures, workshops and visits to some of the world’s most advanced Japanese factories in order to understand the real "Gemba" (production site), talk directly with their production managers and observe the effective implementation of manufacturing methods.

This course will give its participants a detailed understanding of current Japanese approaches that they can adapt to help their company's lean journeys.

Participant Profile

Ideal participants should have an important strategic role in shaping the company's best practice strategy or can influence the company's management of quality control / best practice / production systems (e.g. Director, Manager, Operation & Logistics, Plant Manager, Quality Manager or Managing Director etc).

The sector of activity is unimportant since the themes covered are equally applicable in non-manufacturing industries.


The candidate must:

·         Be a citizen of an EU Member State or of a COSME partnering country;

·         Work for a company that is > 50% EU or COSME partnering country owned;

·         Work for a company that is a legal entity in an EU or COSME partnering country;

·         Be supported by their employer

·         Be able to participate in the entire programme

·         Have a good command of English;

·         Be a manager involved in changing production engineering methods /strategy and / or production control, or have previous experience in operations management or have knowledge and practice of production methods of               excellence.


The main criteria for selection are:

·         The professional & educational background of the candidate;

·         The strategy of the participant's company regarding WCM implementation.

In order to ensure a high degree of personal attention, the number of participants in each programme is limited to 25.

Programme design and content

Study block I: lectures, seminars & panel discussions, presented by experts from Japanese industry covering subjects such as:

- Lead-Time Reduction through Streamlined Flows of Information and Products 
- Policy Deployment, HR Management and Best Practice for Staff Motivation 
- Continuous Improvement of Customer Service Supported by WCM 
- Lean Thinking and WCM Approach in Japan 
- Attractive Quality Creation 
- Levelled Production System 
- Variable-Product Variable 
- Quantity Production to meet Demand Fluctuation 
- Synchronized Production System (from order to delivery) 
- Flexible Manufacturing Implemented by QCD 
- Improvement of Overall Manufacturing Capability.

Deadline to apply

27th April 2017 





Further information/How to register

Diane Lula Makala Tel: +32 (0)2 282 00 40 Fax: +32 (0)2 282 00 45

Event organiser website

The EU-Japan Centre covers all costs directly related to the mission (i.e. lectures and seminars, group study trips, including travel outside Tokyo). The participants' companies must cover travel costs to/from Japan, accommodation and any other costs not covered directly by the EU-Japan Centre (living expenses). SMEs: Participation is free. On top, SMEs benefit from a €600 grant. SMEs must pay a 100% refundable deposit of €1,000 to guarantee the place on the course. Failure to do so by the deadline set by the Centre may result in the offer of the place being withdrawn. The deposit will be refunded within 8 weeks after the course, minus any unpaid bills, provided that the participant attends the entire course (absences during the course may lead to deductions amounting to 120 EUR/day) and submits any and all reports the Centre asks him/her to make. If, for whatever reason, a participant cannot take up his / her confirmed place, the deposit may not be refunded. Non-SMEs: Non-SMEs must pay a non-refundable contribution of €1,000 towards the costs incurred by the EU-Japan Centre in relation to the company's participation. Failure to do so by the deadline set by the Centre may result in the offer of the place being withdrawn. If, for whatever reason, a participant cannot take up his / her confirmed place, the contribution may NOT be refunded. SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are companies meeting the standard European Commission criteria for an SME which have applied successfully for a scholarship. Other companies are large companies or SMEs that fail to apply successfully for a scholarship.