SOURCE: Informance International

October 22, 2007 09:02 ET

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Benchmark Study Reveals Important Insight for Manufacturing Performance

Operational Business Intelligence (BI) and Manufacturing Performance Management Data Used to Uncover Strategies of Top Performing Companies

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2007) - Best-in-class consumer packaged goods manufacturers outpace their peers in operational metrics such as changeover, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and operational availability, according to a report published by Informance International, a leader in Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI). The six-month study of 220 worldwide consumer goods packaging lines uncovered substantial gaps in performance for manufacturers that have granular, real-time visibility and measurement of key metrics versus those that do not.

The study revealed that high performance consumer packaged goods enterprises outpace laggard performers in:

--  Changeover time by nearly 300% (294%),
--  Overall equipment effectiveness by 182%, and
--  Number of minor stops per hour by 214% (3.7 minor stops versus 7.9 for
    laggards)
    

"Consumer products companies are acutely aware of their performance limitations," according to Lora Cecere and Alison Smith, senior analysts with AMR Research. "Today's enterprise is focused on replicating the best practices identified across the broader enterprise and, armed with that, be able to respond to demand in a profitable and agile manner." Lora Cecere & Alison Smith, "Consumer Products Manufacturing: In Search of Operations Excellence," AMR Article, September 21, 2007, AMR Research Boston, MA; http://www.amrresearch.com/Content/View.asp?pmillid=20722.

Informance benchmark studies are unique because researchers use many months of real-time manufacturing performance data aggregated using the Informance Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence platform. The highly granular and rich real-time nature of Informance EMI adds a new dimension for external and internal benchmarking initiatives.

"Companies that can benchmark their manufacturing performance against their own and other manufacturing industries have the ability to adapt strategies of best-in-class performers for their own business," comments John Oskin, Founder of Informance, and principle author of the benchmark. "They can use these insights and direction to launch or expand operational improvement initiatives."

To read the executive summary of this report, visit www.Informance.com/CPG.

About Informance International

Informance delivers Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) solutions to help clients accelerate operational performance initiatives, drive operating strategies and capture actionable insight; measured by speed-to-value. Clients quickly unlock hidden capacity, increase productivity without additional capital investment, reduce inventory and labor costs, and increase working capital. To learn more, call 1-877-464-6262 or e-mail info@informance.com.

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