Managing tomorrow

Strategic Operations Focus Group

What We Do

The Strategic Operations Focus Group was created to coordinate the activities of staff and students of the NMMU Business School in the study field of Operations, with a special focus on Lean in manufacturing and Services. The Group is based in Port Elizabeth.

The Group offers the following:

  • A variety of training courses on Lean, for industry and for services
  • Assistance with the implementation of Lean in organisations
  • Support for research on Lean
  • Diffusion of information through articles and newsletters
  • Conferences on Lean

Guesto Wheels Delegates

Some of the delegates from Guestro Wheels who successfully
completed the 10-day in-house Lean Specialist Programme

Guesto Wheels Delegates

A few of the more than 50 delegates who successfully completed
the 10-day public Lean Specialist programme in 2007


The Lean Development Group publishes a monthly newsletter detailing interesting perspectives and forthcoming lean events.

Contact us at lean@nmmu.ac.za.

Some of the companies where the Group has performed work or provided training:

Aberdare; Afripak; Aspen Pharmacare; Bagshaw footwear; Cadbury; Continental Tyres; Eberspaecher; Dorbyl Automotive; Guestro Forge; Guestro Wheels; General Motors; Hella; Illovo Sugar; Lancet Laboratories; Nampak; Parmalat; Rekara Mills (Woodoc); Saffil; SARS; Shatterprufe; Spicer Axle; Standard Bank; Tetrapack; Transwerk; Umicore; UTI; Volkswagen; Willards Batteries