An investigation into current production challenges facing the Libyan cement industry and the need for innovative Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) strategy

Graisa, M. and Al-Habaibeh, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9867-6011, 2011. An investigation into current production challenges facing the Libyan cement industry and the need for innovative Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) strategy. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 22 (4), pp. 541-558. ISSN 1741-038X

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate maintenance and production problems in the cement industry in Libya with particular emphasis on future implementation of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). Methodology/ Approach - The paper presents the use of case study approach of production data and history, field visits, a survey methodology using a detailed questionnaire with employees and interviews with top and middle managers in four cement factories. Findings - It has been found that the four factories under investigation have low productivity and production levels when compared with the design values. There is no clear TPM strategy and it has been also found that the lack of training and personal development is the main cause of this problem. In addition, employees are found not to be motivated as a result of the lack of poor management strategy and reward structure. Implications - Based on the findings, a new framework for TPM has been developed. This TPM strategy could be implemented in other Libyan factories as a result of the potential similarities in the cultural and environmental aspects. Practical implications - The current challenges have been identified and comparative analysis is developed into a model for the implementation of TPM. Originality/Value of pape r- The paper highlights limitation is the cement factories in Libya in relation to TPM and production strategies. The importance of adopting a realistic strategy and framework by managers is discussed. This work is developed as collaboration between Academia and Libyan Cement industry for solving productivity problems and develop a strategic framework of TPM for improving the Libyan industry.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Creators: Graisa, M. and Al-Habaibeh, A.
Publisher: Emerald
Place of Publication: Bradford
Date: 2011
Volume: 22
Number: 4
ISSN: 1741-038X
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/17410381111126445DOI
Rights: © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:18
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:25
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10993

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