A medical device company has looked to the car industry to streamline its manufacturing. Micro-X is preparing to produce an 80kg mobile x-ray machine – a fraction of the size and weight of the 500-600kg machines traditionally used in hospitals. The company has recruited workers from Holden. The company said, “The idea of sourcing talent from the car industry has proven to be an absolute breakthrough because it’s a mindset that nobody has ever thought of applying to medical devices. You cannot achieve the quality and cost and reliability that the car industry achieves without a lot of discipline and a lot of hard work. Their people are trained with a breadth of skills, a culture and a way of working that is spectacular. The skills they have been taught at Holden are actually transferrable in industries they would not imagine.”

Source: Manufacturers Monthly