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Abbott’s Nutrition Supply Chain Sligo awarded international prize

The Shingo Institute, a program in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has awarded Abbott’s Nutrition Supply Chain facility in Sligo, Ireland with the Shingo Prize.

“Receipt of the Shingo Prize is a worldwide recognized symbol of an organization’s successful establishment of a culture anchored on principles of enterprise excellence–principles such as respect for every individual, leading with humility, quality at the source, the quest for perfection, creating value for the customer, etc.,” said Ken Snyder, executive director at the Shingo Institute. “Ultimately, these recipients are in a class of the best organizations in the world, regardless of industry or country.”

Abbott’s Nutrition facility manufactures enteral feeding sets for the delivery of liquid nutrition. The product portfolio includes the FreeGo pump and feeding sets and Gravity feeding sets along with their accessories, which allow patients to be portable during feeding. Operations include molding, extrusion, assembly and packaging. Products are manufactured to the highest standards of quality and are regulated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and EU Medical Device Directives.

Sean O’Hara, Abbott’s Nutrition business site director says, “Abbott’s Nutrition Supply Chain facility in Sligo is honoured to receive this prestigious award. It’s recognized globally as a symbol of enterprise excellence and reflects the journey that the site has been on over the past few years. This achievement is the result of all employees – from associates to senior leaders – driving continuous improvement on a daily basis. Our culture aligns directly with the Shingo Guiding Principles, and combined they have given us the roadmap to deliver premier results year-over-year and to ultimately create greater value for the customers and patients who use our products throughout the world.”


Abbott’s Nutrition Supply Chain notes a number of significant improvements as a result of their transformation. The site’s batch right first time rate has exceeded 99% since 2014, the number of non-conformity (CAPA) reports generated has reduced by 85% since 2013, and the site has been zero-waste to landfill certified since 2013. Plant capacity has increased by 62%, 100% of all employee training is completed on time, and a cross-functional team has reduced the cycle time by 57% since 2013.

By “challenging” or applying for an award, organizations invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners to thoroughly review their culture and operations. The examiners evaluate the challengers based on a rigorous set of standards and the Shingo Institute awards the organizations according to their assessment results.

Team members from Abbott’s Nutrition site will receive the Shingo Prize during the Awards Gala at the 30th Shingo Conference held the week of April 9-13, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, USA. The conference is a five-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in their pursuit of operational excellence.