DJ Orthopedics’ Mexico Plant Receives 2010 Manufacturing Excellence Award

North American Production Sharing, Inc. (NAPS) is working with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) to develop an AME Consortia in Tijuana.

The AME Consortia in Tijuana will be a shared learning network connected through frequent joint ventures, focusing on continuous improvement and self-directed by its members. Chapters are typically comprised of company-to-company and person-to-person relationships with close proximity and shared topic interests.

In April of 2010, NAPS co-hosted a free informational session with DJ Orthopedics (DJO) in Tijuana. Companies that are manufacturing in Mexico, particularly in the Tijuana/Baja California region were encouraged to attend. AME recognized the positive impact consortia could have because of the abundance of manufacturing companies in Tijuana. DJO gave a special presentation on its road to industry recognition and attendees were invited to tour the Tijuana facility.

On November 18th, AME announced DJO ‘s Tijuana plant as a 2010 recipient of its manufacturing excellence award. The company’s Tijuana, Mexico manufacturing facility is one of six to receive the award signifying high levels of excellence achieved and sustained during the past year. All award recipients recognized by AME have maintained global competitiveness throughout unstable economic conditions and continue to position the organization as a leader during the economy’s recovery phase. Since 2000, the plant employs over 2,000 people and provides its products in 80 countries. In 2009, DJO posted revenues of over $946 million.

“I believe that all successful companies are always founded on the platform of a shared culture,” says Eduardo Salcedo, senior vice president of Mexico operations, DJO. Culture, engagement and continuous improvement are irreplaceable ingredients for success.”

As a leading shelter services provider in the northwestern border region, NAPS was honored to work with DJO and AME on developing an AME Consortia in Tijuana. The consortia would provide manufacturers in Tijuana with access to best practice strategies, ways to improve competitiveness and implement new techniques to drive success. The DJO Tijuana plant is proof that expanding an operation into Mexico meets world-class standards, increases global competitiveness and leads to increased profitability.

Monica Hanono
Industry Liaison & Marketing Analyst
monica.hanono@napsmexico.com
phone: 858-794-7947
toll free: 800-551-8581

About North American Production Sharing, Inc. (NAPS)
NAPS is a premier shelter company in Mexico providing start-up and ongoing administration for companies manufacturing in Mexico.  Since 1991, NAPS has played a key role in ensuring the success of 70 Mexico manufacturing operations including:  Esterline, Hewlett Packard, Intuitive Surgical, JAE, Monster Cable, Parker Hannifin, Speck Products, Toyota & Qualcomm. For more info about NAPS and the shelter services in Mexico we offer please visit
www.napsmexico.com.

About the Association for Manufacturing Excellence
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to the journey of continuous improvement and enterprise excellence. AME’s membership is composed of a trusted network of volunteers who are committed to leveraging the practitioner-to-practitioner and company-to-company shared-learning experience. Through engaging workshops, seminars and plant tours, and industry-leading conferences, AME members are continually discovering and implementing new continuous improvement strategies and best practices. AME offers its members a multitude of valuable resources to help them stay abreast of current industry developments, and improve the skills, competitiveness, and overall success of their organizations.
www.ame.org

About DJ Orthopedics
DJO is a leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management. The Company's products address the continuum of patient care from injury prevention to rehabilitation after surgery, injury or from degenerative disease. www.DJOglobal.com  

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