Below are Lean Six Sigma success stories in the Chemical industry organized alphabetically. For success stories in other industries, please visit our Lean Six Sigma Success Stories page.
Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 chemicals and advanced materials business, uses Six Sigma to make important decisions. The process-driven approach replaces hunches and guesswork for everything from deciding which law firm to hire to how to settle contract disputes. These processes have increased organization and efficiency, decreasing outside litigation expenses by 30% since 2009 while still encouraging creativity and imagination.
Dow Chemical Company
The company’s 1999 annual report stated that by the end of 2003, Dow expected its Six Sigma implementation to deliver revenue growth, cost reductions, and asset utilization totaling $1.5 billion in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT). At the close of 2002, Dow achieved its $1.5 billion cumulative financial goal—a full year ahead of schedule.
“Ecolab created significant momentum and sustainability in our Lean Six Sigma deployment,” said Jeff Burt, Vice President & Global Deployment Leader for Lean Six Sigma at Ecolab. “Extensive upfront planning, combined with a high level of executive engagement has created a successful launch of our LSS program. It has also created strong leadership and talent development opportunities for our associates, as well as a culture that continues to support our efforts to streamline operations while maintaining a strong customer focus.”
PolyOne Recognized for World’s Best Lean Six Sigma Deployment
PolyOne launched Lean Six Sigma globally in late 2008 and by the end of 2010, more than 25 percent of PolyOne’s 3,900 associates around the world will have completed training, including 1 percent who will hold LSS black belt certification. The expansive size and scope of the LSS training ensures global, cross-business, and cross-functional support and expertise for the process improvement projects. Kedrowski continued, “Our LSS success was a direct reflection of our ability to translate customer feedback into process improvement projects. We are thankful to our customers for partnering with us and allowing us to transform their needs into mutually beneficial solutions. The program has been instrumental in allowing us to improve customer service and quality while delivering both balance sheet and operating margin improvements.”
PolyOne Announces Further Investments to Integrate, Improve and Grow Designed Structures and Solutions
PolyOne Corporation is a leading global provider of specialty polymer materials, services and solutions. Last week, Robert M. Patterson, president of PolyOne announced that the core focus in transforming Designed Structures and Solutions (DSS) is aligning their manufacturing assets with the voice of the customer while making investments for the future. Lean Six Sigma based process improvements have also gained traction at PolyOne.