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Critical Chain Webinar

CAPEX Projects and Layout Changes with Critical Chain



Reduce the duration of CAPEX projects or Layout Changes with Critical Chain

Plant layout

Date & Registration

  • Tuesday 05th of April 2023, in English

  • Webinar from 12:30pm to 1:30pm Paris time (CEST), 40 mins of presentation followed by a 20-minute Q&A session

  • The webinar is free but registration mandatory


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About the conference


Factories must often modify their layouts, install a big new machine, install entire new production lines to improve their flow of parts or modernize their facilities. Modifying a plant layout or leading an important CAPEX project requires strong project management skills. The cost and disturbance of finishing late are significant and quite easy to calculate (lost sales).


These sorts of projects are often a challenge. Installing or moving big heavy machines with the associated civil works. Coordination of many departments (Engineering, Production, Purchasing, Methods, Supply Chain). Many subcontractors are often involved.  There are often space and co-activity constraints (2 tasks that cannot be done at the same time). And, of course, top management wants it all done very quickly.


There is often a huge gap between the first estimates of how long this kind of project should take according to the project manager, and how long the company can afford. During such projects, production must often be stopped, while clients continue to be supplied. So, the products must be stored in advance when it is possible, and the longer the layout modification (or CAPEX Project), the higher the costs and loss of revenue for the company.


So there is pressure to minimize the duration of such projects. There is no room for improvisation.


Marris Consulting helps industrial companies involved in such projects to prepare and execute them. We get them done faster and we get them finished on time. To do so, we rely on a proven project management approach called “Critical Chain Project Management” (CCPM) derived from the Theory of Constraints framework.


In this webinar, Philip Marris, who has more than 30 years of experience in the use of Theory of Constraints (TOC) with more than 280 companies all over the world, presented the essential characteristics of the CCPM approach and several practical examples taken from Marris Consulting's assignments (pharmaceutical production CAPEX production investment, aeronautics factory major layout change, a significant CAPEX project in the mining industry, etc.).


The end of the conference was devoted to questions and answers.

Video of the webinar

About the speaker

Philip started his Theory Of Constraints journey in 1986 when he joined Creative Output and worked with Eliyahu Goldratt, the founder of TOC and author of the worldwide bestseller “The Goal”. In 1994 he wrote a bestselling TOC textbook in French.

He is also a recognized Lean expert and usually combines Lean (Manufacturing/Engineering/Management) with TOC. He founded Marris Consulting based in Paris France in 2005.

Half their business is outside of France in Europe and the rest of the world. He is bilingual and bi-cultural French/English. He is very active in the TOC community. He has implemented TOC over 280 times in over 30 countries. His clients include: Air France, ArcelorMittal, Ariane Group, Embraer, GSK, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, Qiagen, Safran, Salzgitter-Mannesmann, Siemens, SKF, Thales and Zodiac Aerospace.