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Case Studies - Cryovac
Background
  • Part of Sealed Air Corporation
  • Manufacturer of packaging materials for the food industry
  • 400 employees
  • Seven day operation with separate weekend/weekday shifts
  • Unionised environment
Problem
  • Disjointed teams with different cultures
  • Excessive overtime working and high overtime component to pay
  • Entrenched positioning and tradition
  • Increasing competitive pressures
  • High cost manufacturing site
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Holiday shutdowns causing production problems
  • Seasonal business
Outcome
  • Shift patterns developed to take account of seasonality
  • Totally changed pay system, new pay bargaining system
  • Department improvement teams
  • Transfer of low grade maintenance to production
  • Supervisors to staff contracts
  • 51 weeks manufacturing
  • End of weekend/weekday split
  • Stability of hours and earnings
  • Greater efficiency and need for less stock
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