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21 JUN 2003

Issue# 16

Empirical Evidence for The Focused Factory

Our previous issue introduced "The Focused Factory." Many studies support this idea with empirical evidence and quantitative data. Our latest web page, Focused Factory Benefits, reviews five such studies with charts and summaries. They illustrate the impact of focus on overhead costs, quality and operating margins.

In "A Focus Example" we have a news article from The Kansas City Star. It tells of a husband and wife who invested their life savings in a business with only a single customer.  Les Davis explains the advantages of focus and how he wrested 90% of Colgate- Palmolive's soap carton business from a non-focused competitor.

This topic is surprisingly controversial. I received a number of emails with thoughtful questions  and some diverging views. You can follow these e-conversations at our Focused Factory Discussion page.

Our next issue addresses the "Key Manufacturing Task"  and how to identify it. This is not self-evident, but Professor Terry Hill, of Oxford University, has shown us how to approach the question.

See you then.

Quarterman Lee

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