The last assignment of my JIG program led me to Houston, Texas. Jungheinrich is setting up a new factory for industrial components there as a part of a joint venture with MCFA (Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklifts America).
During my three months in Houston, I could experience exactly what I was looking for: The creating of something new and important – especially including “Entrepreneurship”, one of the main values of Jungheinrich. Officially, I supported the Supply Chain Management department in many questions and challenges regarding production-related processes, but to be honest it was much more than this: In the positive and energetic ICOTEX team of overall 12 people, I could examine from the scratch how this “startup-company” is developing. The continuous increase of personnel (until I left, the team size almost doubled), the building of the production plant and the implementation of a new ERP-software throughout the whole joint venture was a great experience.
Besides this, B2B collaboration, intercultural differences and interface-management between MCFA and Jungheinrich were points that occurred to be present at every day’s work.
The ICOTEX core-team represented more or less the future management of the company. Everybody was highly motivated to create a sustainable solution for his/her area – because they would have to work with these initial standards from the time the new production site was set up.
My main learning of the time in Houston is to keep cool even in the case of “Murphy’s Law” happening. In such a big project – setting up a new production site – almost every day something unexpected happens that leads to sometimes unexpected challenges. By keeping up the right motivation, attitude and work-atmosphere, no incident will hinder you from fulfilling an initial goal.
I had a great time at ICOTEX and enjoyed to leave my fingerprint in such a big project of Jungheinrich (as you can literally see it on the picture).
JIG Class II 2015, Trainee Engineering