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Company: Kells Stainless Steel Ltd

Service: Strategic Management

Sector: Engineering, 46 employees


Kells Stainless are leading specialists in the manufacture of Stainless Steel Tanks, Process, Storage and Modular Equipment for home and export markets. They are Process Engineering Solutions Providers who design, manufacture and test unique customised equipment for the pharmaceutical, beverage, dairy, chemical, food and process industries.

Since it’s foundation in 1988, the company has been dedicated to customer care, quality, design excellence and flexible production programming combined with strict delivery performance. These factors have integrated the company as a long term partner with many of their clients.

Team BDS have been supporting Kells Stainless Steel for over 15 years, which support has been instrumental in growing the business from €0.8M turnover in 1999 to in excess of an average of €6M annually.

The Key Team BDS components of this support are:

  • Organisational Structure
  • Business financial modelling, eg selling productive hours
  • Bonus and incentive mechanisms
  • Lean Productivity
  • Business Management Systems
  • Management by Metrics
  • Innovation through Research and Development

The key deliverables from this extended involvement are:


Key Measurement Result
Turnover Increase over 6 yrs +600%
Productivity +55%
New Products 2
Cost of Quality -48%
Non value add -70%

With Kells Stainless the approach comprised delivering continuous support in two modes:

Project Oriented Support, such as R&D, Integrated Business Management Systems, Productivity Improvement.

Ongoing Continuous Improvement and Mentoring, involving training, month end board meetings, strategic development.

Our ongoing support for Kells Stainless Steel is in building an international dimension with a focus on the addition of value added products.


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