Blog: Dave LeggettPlant productivity analysis

Dave Leggett | 11 July 2003

They're brave people at WMRC. Comparing plant productivity between vehicle production plants on the basis of vehicle output per person employed is notoriously problematic. I was involved with the survey when it was conducted by EIU and I recall some hairy moments. Volkswagen always refused point blank to get involved and this sort of material can be sensitive and political. And the data also required plenty of laborious validation work to ensure that, for example, the figure for people employed related just to the plant's vehicle output. That can be a complicated issue and then there are varying shift patterns, the effects of model cycles and so on. The caveats to the analysis can be considerable. At WMRC they'll be bracing themselves for the inevitable complaints. But if there was a cup or trophy, Nissan Sunderland - top every year in the European analysis - would surely deserve to keep it by now. Why eye man.


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