The national development network for enhanced productivity in the Manufacturing and Service Sectors of the Irish Economy.

The mission of the ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet is to raise the output of every worker in Ireland, through our various Learning, Development and Knowledge Sharing initiatives with a focus on advanced methodologies and technology.

What We Do.

The ICBE Advanced Productivity Network, formerly Innovation Lean Six Sigma, was established over 12 years ago by the Irish Centre for Business Excellence. The Network was tasked with identifying national and international best practice and through targeted interventions enabled network members to become Internationally recognised centres of excellence.  Focusing initially on Lean, Six Sigma and Shingo the network has expanded to include key technologies and methodologies from automation to data analytics including additive manufacturing.

Comprising of over 200 cross sectoral members, the network has delivered over 34,000 training days, with 5,500 individuals across 700 companies, 144 best practice visits and assisted with the achievement of over 11 Shingo Awards.

With a focus on People, Processes and Technology the network has expanded its learning networks from assisting larger organisations to actively embracing SMEs and indigenous companies.

Some key activities include:

  • Formal Shingo International Best Practice Award
  • Come|See|Learn and Tell Best Practice Company Visits
  • Industry led courses
  • Knowledge Sharing Network

Our Aims

Through the structures of the Irish Centre for Business Excellence the ICBE Advanced Productivity Network aims to:

  • Provide the right productivity knowledge, to the right person, in the right format and at the right time.
  • Shorten the novice to expert trajectory of our member organisations.
  • Create awareness about future developments in Automation, Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Increase efficiency and competitive advantage through vibrant collaborative networks.
  • Demonstrate the impact, effectiveness and continued relevance of Lean and Six Sigma concepts and practices; especially in Product Design
  • Enhance Ireland’s international profile through member Shingo Prize Accreditations.
  • To increase the competitive advantage of member companies and of Ireland as a whole.


Organisations looking to improve their productivity, gain insights into best practice, learn from and network with industry and expert practitioners, become immersed in rapidly evolving technologies and methodologies will benefit from joining the ICBE Advanced Productivity Network.

Membership will not only help individuals lead their organisation to new heights but also increase knowledge sharing and bench marking across the sector.

By joining, companies will shorten the trajectory from novice to expert.

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