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2015 TOCICO International Conference

Transforming Industries Track


Arrie van Niekerk

ARRIE VAN NIEKERK CEO at Tavanec TOC Mining Expert

A TOC Practitioner's Story of 15 Years of TOC Applications in the Mining Industry
September 7, 2015

This presentation covers the past 15 years of applications of TOC in the Mining Industry.

The presentation is presented in the form of a narrative of a typical implementation on a mine, followed by a summary of the key learning points from more than 60 implementations on mines over several years of practical experience. It is notbased on a single application, but a mosaic of several implementations that follow more or less the same patterns of application, successes and sometimes followed by failure.

The presentation sets the stage of what it is like in a deep underground mine, then deals with the steps to identify the constraint(s) and then covers some exploitation and subordination examples. The final stage shows how the typical leadership constraints are overcome and how a culture of success can be created. The essential transformation is from a cost world approach towards a throughput world approach.


Arrie van Niekerk is a specialist facilitator on Theory of Constraints and has been specializing in the Mining Industry for 15 years. During this journey, he developed ways to improve both the physical Production Flow and the required People Behavior to enable significant results. His approach, which he calls Production Flow, challenges regular cost and efficiency based thinking and replaces it with Flow and Holistic thinking.

He is recognized for a unique way to set up a daily War Room to manage the short term direction of operations and assists companies to structure a regular meetings framework that reduces the time spent in meetings as well as increasing its effectiveness. He is a skilled Dialogue Facilitator and assists teams to develop a high degree of clarity, accountability and attention to results. 

Arrie was a Senior Executive in Iscor Limited & Iscor Mining in various settings, including Operations management, R&D, Welding technology and Engineering application of metals. 

In his spare time, he is a registered Field Guide and facilitates team development and spiritual bush retreats in Big 5 areas.

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