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Luvata Appleton Lean achievement begins with customer first approach

(Pori, Finland 20 March 2018) Luvata Special Products, a world leader in metal solutions manufacturing and related engineering services, announces its manufacturing facility in Appleton, Wisconsin has received its Lean certification. Luvata Special Products now has five locations that are Lean certified.

Located in Northern Wisconsin, Luvata Appleton is a leading fully-integrated producer of copper alloy wire. With three manufacturing facilities totaling over 300,000 square feet, Luvata Appleton manufactures battery nail wire, garment fastener wire, photovoltaic ribbon, precision cut-to-length wire and other similar wire products used in automotive, battery, electronics, solar and welding applications. Luvata Appleton is ISO 9001 certified.

"Our approach to Lean begins with understanding our customers' needs," indicates John Stevens, President with Luvata Appleton. "Then we look to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. This is the foundation in adding value for our customers and our success in achieving Lean status."

Lean is a world-renowned production philosophy made famous by Toyota, which focuses on minimizing waste in the pursuit of quality and value. Luvata committed to the pursuit of Lean certification in 2006, establishing strict benchmarks and measuring systems across its businesses. Its assessment, based on principles which are recognized across many industries, requires a score of 3 for certification. In the recent 2018 audit, Luvata Appleton scored 3.2. Still early in its Lean journey, Luvata's consistent application of the principles and their indoctrination into its culture will over time lead to similar results at all locations.


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For more information please contact:

Susan Porter
Communications Director
Phone: +1 740 368 7750
Email: susan.porter@luvata.com


About Luvata

Luvata is a world leader in metal solutions manufacturing and related engineering services to industries such as renewable energy, automotive, healthcare, and power generation and distribution. The company's continued success is attributed to its longevity, technological excellence and strategy of building partnerships beyond metals. Employing over 1,400 staff in 7 countries, Luvata works in partnership with customers such as ABB, CERN, Siemens and Toyota. Luvata is a group company of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation.


Luvata Appleton offers copper alloy wires in over 60 alloys including:

  • Brasses
  • Silicon bronzes
  • Tin bronzes
  • Aluminum bronzes
  • Low alloyed coppers
  • Nickel-bearing alloys

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