The Henkan Story

Henkan Founded

Henkan was founded with the aim to support blue chip organisations optimising their Continuous Improvement methodology.

Forging our Path

We supported a small number of clients including the global giant, Saint-Gobain. We provided them with model development, training and consultancy that today has saved the company over €300M.


The start of a long lasting relationship with Unilever.

Lean Leadership

Henkan were instrumental in the implementation of Lean in Philips developing a Lean Leadership course which still runs today and has trained over 1000 people.

Launching 'The Henkan Way'

The official introduction of the Henkan philosophy.

WCM Support Handbooks

Produced comprehensive WCM Programme support literature for Saint-Gobain Gypsum.

Philips Factory Lean Roll-out

Henkan led the first Philips factory to achieve full roll-out of the corporate Lean programme, achieving €11.5M euro savings.

Novel People Programme

Developed a progressive People Development programme for Saint-Gobain to place emphasis on how to drive out loss by effectively engaging the workforce and leadership.

EEM Model Launch

Developed a EEM model for new equipment installation within Britvic.

Team Expansion

We employed many more staff to support increasing demand leading to expansion into new prestigious business park offices.

Heineken TPM Programme

We were invited by Heineken to be their lead auditors. This has now expanded to include programme development, training, coaching and ongoing support.

More Team Expansion

We hired consultants specialising in Supply Chain Management.

Factory of the Year Award

Supported Philips Avent UK to achieve Factory of the Year Award.

Unilever Packaging Innovation

Supporting the global packaging innovation programme, with the goal to improve organisational capability.

New Strategy for Henkan

To offer innovative approaches to applying continuous improvement as we venture into new markets and further nourish and grow our long-lasting existing relationships.

“Jean has been in charge of Business Transformation and Continuous Improvement for 4 years in France and 2 years in the same time for Iberia (Spain and Portugal), for Philips global then Philips Lighting. During this period, he has achieved great training results, by certifying almost 500 people on Lean Basics, 10 managers on Lean Advanced (Green Belt level).

In addition, he has led 3 successful international training sessions of Daily Management in France, Iberia and Italy (70 persons including Iberia MT’s and France’s and Italy’s Supply Chain managers). His training and coaching skills have been unanimously recognised, reaching a great satisfaction level from trainees ( No Net Promoter Score (NPS) lower than 50%, with 4 sessions over 80%.).

Jean has also successfully led many lean transformations, including a Customer Kaizen Event for Rexel France, that involved the entire management teams of both Philips Lighting and Rexel France. Within 6 months, thanks to an improved Rexel/Philips collaborative planning, he managed to increase forecast accuracy from 60% to 76%, to reduce level of stock obsolescence from 55 days to 32 days,  to drop obsolescence stock from 67K€ to < 30k€, to secure an additional revenue of 5M€ in 2016.

Jean is a passionate, challenging and delivery focused  lean leader and trainer. I believe he would be a great asset to any team or organisation implementing the lean philosophy and therefore  I highly recommend him in his new role as leader of Henkan France.”

Stefanie Sperber - Lean Master Black Belt

Transformation team, Market Group Europ Signify (Philips Lighting)


We are continuous improvement consultants who possess the necessary cultural insight, soft skills and business acumen required to work in a global environment.

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Heineken Training Support – Trinidad

The changeover time was reduced by 80% as a result.

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March 2017