Tompla Industries, located near Madrid, Spain, operates 24 hours, six days a week, producing four billion envelopes per year. When one of the European largest producers of envelopes has to stop a forklift mid-shift to change a battery, the lost productivity can be felt through each succeeding shift.
In 2010 the Portuguese subsidiary of Faurecia embarked on a plan to increase productivity across their 6 plants. Two of the largest plants are located outside Oporto, producing headrests, airbags, seats, and upholstery. These plants operate on a 3-shift schedule, supplying product to most major European car manufacturers.