An investigation into current production challenges facing the Libyan cement industry and the need for innovative total productive maintenance (TPM) strategy

Mustafa Graisa (Advanced Design and Manufacturing Engineering Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Amin Al‐Habaibeh (Advanced Design and Manufacturing Engineering Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Publication date: 3 May 2011

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).

Design/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 also it has been 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 a management strategy and reward structure.

Research limitations/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

The paper highlights limitations in some of 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 one of the Libyan cement companies to solve productivity problems and develop a strategic framework of TPM for improving Libyan industry.

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Citation

Graisa, M. and Al‐Habaibeh, A. (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, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 541-558. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410381111126445

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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