The HPM project is an international benchmarking project aimed at evaluating success factors in the production area. The project started in the United States in 1989 and is today at its fourth round of data collection. Conducted by research groups from over 50 universities in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.
The project enables to build an international database, which serves numerous objectives:
• Understand what is it that differentiates HPM plants
• Investigate whether international differences exist between HPM plants
• Highlight opportunities for increasing the competitiveness of companies
• Provide researchers with extended sources for publications on aspects of industrial manufacturing
To reach these goals, each participating firm receives twelve questionnaires on various areas such as manufacturing, HR, technology, IT, sustainability, strategy and performance. The firm assigns each questionnaire to an employee knowledgeable in that area. By taking part in this project, companies received a detailed assessment of their plant as well as a benchmark in order to see how it compares on key practices and dimensions of performance against others in their country and worldwide.