Abstract: With the global trade agreements and global competitions among the manufacturers many sectors of manufacturing industries particularly, small scale companies have virtually collapsed. In view of the fact that Lean Manufacturing (LM) thinking enables manufacturers to lower the cost of production by transforming time spent on ‘non-value adding’ activities into ‘value adding’ activities. This paper presents the level of awareness about the lean manufacturing within the plastic pipe manufacturing industries. A field survey with a structured questionnaire, interviews and site visits were conducted to get necessary information from the respondents.

Keywords: Lean manufacturing, implementation, awareness, survey, tools.