Development and implementation of a production system

Alfred Kärcher Vertriebs-GmbH 

Together with Kärcher, Dr. Schönheit + Partner developed a production system for 10 production sites in 6 countries as a basis for a worldwide Lean Management System.

Tasks and objectives

One production system for all plants worldwide - Lean Performance Gates for a cleaner world! The production of all Kärcher plants in Germany, Italy, USA, Mexico, Brazil and China should be aligned to a standardized Lean Management System.

Approach and solutions

The production philosophy follows six Lean Performance Gates (Value, Flow, Pull, Simple, Robust and Synchronous), according to which the production of all plants was aligned. To develop such an international production system, it was necessary to leverage cultural differences in the change process. In this way, global standards were set and local advantages were strengthened.


Today, the family-owned company Kärcher is the world's leading provider of efficient, resource-saving cleaning systems. Innovation and the pursuit of better solutions are the hallmarks of the company and are documented time and again by patents and awards from renowned institutions. More than 1,300 patents and utility models testify to the company's inventive spirit and innovative strength (source:

The high expectations of our markets require us to be extremely flexible in our processes. The Kärcher Production System - KPS for short - offers global standards and uses local advantages to work systematically and create customer value with every step.

KPIs at a glance






Production system

All relevant services under the same roof:

Further references

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