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Miller Brands Ukraine develops World Class Manufacturing system (Translation)

18 November 2011

Miller Brands Ukraine started implementing World Class Manufacturing standards at their beer manufacturing plant in Donetsk. This is a logical step in providing even more efficient work from the plant after its successful integration into SABMiller's international structure.  

The World Class Manufacturing system (WCM) is a careful new production technology. It was developed by SABMiller specialists using the principle of continuous improvement, Kajzen (kaj - "change," zen - "for the better," thus "continuous improvement"), initially used by Toyota. WCM implementation allows for the optimization of all technological and business processes, and subsequently improves work performance, manufacturing quality, and decreases expenses. Primarily, these results are achieved thanks to structured teamwork, intense information exchanges within subdivisions, and the maximum participation of each employee in optimizing manufacturing activities. The world experience and the experience of SABMiller demonstrate that this approach produces a real savings effect - for certain positions, for example, cost efficiency rises by 30%.

The active stage of the system implementation was preceded by serious preparation. Even in the year 2010, experts from parent company SABMiller analysed the current situation at the enterprise, taking WCM standards into account. Then special training was organised for the managers of various production departments. The managing WCM was created at the enterprise in order to control every stage of world class standards implementation and to encourage employees to be more active.

Vitaly Basmanov, technical director of Miller Brands Ukraine, said "Since the Ukrainian enterprise joined the international SABMiller family, we have been able to achieve a lot. Today, Miller Brands Ukraine production fully meets high corporate quality standards. We are hoping that the implementation of the WCM system will let us further optimize the enterprise's work by more active involvement of the employees into a continuous improvement process. Each employee of the enterprise should clearly understand general company goals, the goals of their subdivisions, and their own goals. Such responsible employee behaviour will allow the company to successfully move further, remaining a leader in production quality and business efficiency".

Contact details
Valeriya Zenkovich
Corporate Affairs Manager, Miller Brands Ukraine, a subsidiary of SABMiller plc
tel. +380 (62) 210-40-10 ext. 6225, mob. +380 (50) 470-64-25, Valeriya.Zenkovich@ua.sabmiller.com

About SABMiller plc
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers, with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Águila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie.  SABMiller is also one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.

About Miller Brands Ukraine
PJSC Miller Brands Ukraine is a subsidiary of SABMiller plc. In July 2008 SABMiller plc acquired 99.84% of JSC Sarmat. At the end of 2010 the company changed the name from JSC Sarmat to PJSC Miller Brands Ukraine. The brand portfolio of Miller Brands Ukraine includes local brands like Sarmat and Zhygulivske, as well as well-known international brands: Miller Genuine Draft (imported), Zolotaya Bochka (Russian premium brand, produced in Ukraine under licence), Velkopopovicky Kozel (Czech premium brand, produced in Ukraine under licence) and Amsterdam Mariner (Dutch brand, produced in Ukraine under licence).

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [16/11/2011].

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