Manufacturing Rapid Restart Initiative


During the lockdown, we’ve been busy supporting our clients in the essential business sectors. Together we have tackled many challenges presented by the virus, some expected but many not so. For manufacturers, we have some valuable learning and lessons to support your organisation in the restart. Take this opportunity to give your business the best chance of restarting profitably and safely.

operating safely

For general advice on how to continue operating safely during Covid 19 please visit the worksafe website.

Guidelines for NON-food manufacturers

More detailed guidelines and procedures, endorsed by worksafe, for non-food manufacturing companies are available on the EMA website.

Below we outline some government funding options.

Offering 01.

Digital Lean

site diagnostic

Site diagnostic designed to identify Digital Readiness.

As a preferred partner to Callaghan Innovation (NZ’s government innovation group) and EMA (Employers and Manufacturers Association), LMAC’s services for both SIRI assessments and Digital Lean implementation can be either fully or partially funded, helping you to get on your digital journey.

With our wide range of experience within all sectors of manufacturing and processing, we are able to offer professional support and advice, throughout your business. 

Gain access to between 40% and 100% funded support with LMAC

Offering 02.

Business Continuity Planning

Virtual one to one support

How to run profitably under varying scenarios.

Most businesses will need to tear up their previous annual objectives and think again. There are many scenarios that could play out but planning for these now will help you rapidly execute contingencies as the landscape unfolds.

Do it now. The lockdown represents a very rare occasion – leadership think time. Use it to your advantage, keep your people sharp and ready for the restart.

Fully funded up to $5K plus GST per service, capped at $5K (for qualifying organisations)

Offering 03.

Rapid Restart Program

Virtual one-on-one coaching

Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.

Post lockdown, manufacturers will face significant difficulties.

  • Product demand change
  • Broken supply chains
  • Operator distancing
  • Bottle necks & output constraints

This service is to provide support to get NZ Manufacturers back on their feet.

Offering 04.

Build Accountability – Stay Above the Line


Sparks motivation, ownership, and innovation.

Re-starting following the lockdown will be a brief sigh of relief for many manufacturers, followed by a long road to full recovery.  There will be many challenges ahead that will require people at all levels of the organisation to be positive and engaged in the recovery against a backdrop of fear and uncertainty.

This accountability workshop sparks motivation, ownership, and innovation.  It will help your teams stay above the line and be a part of solutions to difficult problems.

This workshop is available online during Alert levels 3 and 4

Knowledge and results

Below is a selection of related results and customer experiences.

Client Results

2 week activity, $1.5m benefit
Tait Communications
“Through the Rapid Jishuken activity we were able to re-engineer our processes to produce 300% of our previous maximum capacity within 2 weeks”…


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Complete the questions below to test your data maturity.

Over the next two years, which three of the 14 key performance indicators do you most want to improve on as a business?

Make a note of these before you carry on reading.

The key 14 performance indicator categories:


  • Asset & equipment efficiency
  • Inventory efficiency
  • Materials efficiency
  • Utilities efficiency
  • Workforce efficiency


  • Planning & scheduling effectiveness
  • Production flexibility
  • Workforce flexibility


  • Time to market
  • Time to delivery


  • Product quality
  • Process quality
  • Safety
  • Security

Now ask yourself – what is your current performance against these three KPIs? Can you tell me how you performed in the last hour, yesterday or last week?

If you can’t answer this question for all three because you aren’t measuring the data, then the next step is clear. Figure out what data you need to enable you to measure it, and decide how you are going to collect that data.

If you can answer it historically; last week or last month – ask yourself, is this retrospective view sufficient for me to really make improvements?

If you can answer it for all three up to the minute, then it is quite possible that shopfloor intelligence isn’t a number one priority for you. Look out for parts 2 and 3 of this blog series for some more insights into how you can make the data work for you.