Committed to leading operational excellence and lean manufacturing in the packaging industry, Coveris continues to invest in its people, with fourteen members of staff recognised with Lean Fellowship Awards by The Manufacturing Institute.


Championing lean principles within the workplace, the fourteen delegates from eight different sites in Coveris’ UK based Labels and Board division completed The Manufacturing Institute’s Accelerated Route to Lean (ARTL) course. Designed to improve productivity and performance, the 10 week programme combines learnings on lean manufacturing and best practice with a practical toolkit, enabling delegates to apply their skills and knowledge in the workplace.


As part of the course, delegates completed a fellowship project relating to an improvement opportunity relevant to their role and site. Contributing to a lean culture throughout Coveris’ operations, delegates from a range job roles and departments completed the course, including shift managers, production planners, printers and operation coordinators.


On 30th November, delegates attended a ceremony in Manchester for presentation of their Lean Fellowship Awards.


Michaela Van-Noordt, HR Manager (Labels and Board) at Coveris explained: “Coveris operates using lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles as part of the Coveris Performance System (CPS); development is therefore a hugely important part of our culture. We provide training and development opportunities across the business and it’s rewarding to see our colleagues recognised with awards and the continued enthusiasm and engagement using lean best practice.”


Mark Ellis, Site Operation Coordinator at Coveris’ site in Boston (Tenens Way) who achieved a distinction for his fellowship project added: “The Accelerated Route to Lean course has been valuable in supporting my continued personal development, enabling me to learn the theory behind lean processes and apply this in a practical setting. Focussed on reducing running waste, my lean project engaged colleagues in team work, problem solving and developments for the best possible outcome.”


Congratulations to Coveris colleagues who completed the ARTL course:

Mark Ellis

Daniel Cundy

Kirsty Farraway

Ian Fisher

Jonathon Foley

Shaun Harvey

Stephen Hogg 

Craig Gardner

Shane Llewellyn 

Markus May

Toby Slough

Elizabeth Smith

Daniel Steel

Neil Stubbs


In 2018, 155 colleagues from Coveris’ Labels and Board division participated in training courses, highlighting the company’s commitment to development.


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