NATEL Rolls Out Enterprise-Wide NBS Training

CHATSWORTH, CA March 24, 2014 As part of a drive to empower employees, NATEL EMS is training employees in the NATEL Business System (NBS). Training is taking place across all facilities for both manufacturing and office areas. 
“NBS training will allow us to truly scale NATEL,” says President/CEO Sudesh Arora. NBS is a set of unique philosophies that borrow heavily from lean manufacturing and problem solving principles. “We have been doing lean since before we knew that word, and professionals like Will and Victor who have taught the Toyota Way are highly able to articulate the NBS philosophy to plants and sites that we have recently acquired.”
NATEL’s Vice President of Continuous Improvement, Victor Yamauchi, is leading the training in small groups of 12 to 16 employees. “Instead of conducting our training from the top down, we empower all employees to understand the business impact and benefits of making improvements. We already have a culture of being resource-efficient and a lot of that was top-down. Now we’re building on a listening and problem solving culture to eliminate waste from the bottom-up,” Yamauchi said.
One of the key principles of NBS is Respect for Others, and demonstrating this has encouraged team members to verbalize and take action to do things better. “Then teams have already taken the initiative to eliminate waste, improve quality, reduce costs and reduce lead-time,” said Will Bolinger, Vice President of Operational Excellence and Quality Assurance. “NBS gets instant results.” 
NATEL is a major independent manufacturer of a wide variety of microelectronic products, providing low to high volume production for its customers. As the largest and oldest privately held EMS company in the U.S., NATEL is known for high-reliability, high-quality manufacturing that delivers solutions to customers. NATEL is favorably positioned among mid-tier EMS manufacturers to “make amazing things happen.” NATEL holds and maintains industry specific certifications that include ISO 9001:2000, ISO 13485, and AS9100. Its MIL-PRF-38534 (DSCC) Class H and K certifications certify NATEL’s expertise in designing and manufacturing microelectronic assemblies for space and mission-critical defense programs placing it in an elite group of aerospace industry manufacturers. NATEL, headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, has manufacturing locations in California, Nevada, Ohio, Mexico and Colorado. To learn more, visit or on Twitter, @NATEL.

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