Production has been boosted at a metal company based in the Middle East after it used Six Sigma methods to increase efficiency.
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) broke its own forecast for the first half of the year by increasing production by 1.7 per cent over the last six months.
It therefore reached 443,533 tonnes despite uncertainties over the global economy this year.
Chief executive of the firm Laurent Schmitt stated lean management techniques played a part in the boost to production seen in the first half of the year.
"Our sales and production figures reflect the company's operational focus on delivering progress while facing challenges and the recent London metals exchange downward trend," he said.
Mr Schmitt added the company is "confident" it is on track for the rest of the year following the release of the figures for the first six months of 2012.
Six Sigma boosts production and efficiency at organisations all over the world by reducing their waste.
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