Postal Address:

De Stockheimlaan 33, 3510 Kermt Belgium



About Wim Hoste

Wim Hoste and Robert Thonissen were colleagues at Ford and have known each other for many years. His motivation, leadership and knowledge of Lean, 6-Sigma and quality systems make him the ideal right hand of IKMW.

Wim achieved a Chemical Engineering diploma at the Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg. Furthermore, he had the chance to follow some acknowledged courses at the Ford 6-Sigma Academy:

  • FMEA since 2004
  • Certified Green Belt since 9 February 2005
  • Certified Black Belt since 12 October 2007
  • Master Black Belt Level 2 since November 2014

01/11/01: Production Supervisor at Ford Motor Company, Genk Plant

  • Closure Assemblies Mondeo (Body Construction)
  • 6 production lines: doors (4x), hood and tailgate
  • 50 operators

01/02/04: Process Engineer Closure Assemblies at Ford Genk Plant

Responsibility door lines of running models (Mondeo & Transit):

  • Smooth implementation of process changes
  • Line efficiency
  • Cost reduction
  • Continues quality improvement
  • General trouble shooting

Responsibility launch models (Galaxy, Smax, Transit, Mondeo):

  • Setting up new processes
  • Design & layout reviews with tool suppliers
  • Quality delivery for Job 1 (dimensional & function specification)

Member of plant Six Sigma Performance cell:

  • Certified Black Belt
  • Managing projects (hard savings, quality, manpower)

 01/09/07: Layout and Equipment Engineer at Ford

Responsibility factory layout:

Leading function: crew of 15 skilled employees: welders, electricians, layout assistants

  • Keep welding factory layout up to date
  • Implementation of layout changes (aisles, safety, fencing,…)
  • Project development and integration (new machinery)
  • Main contact for suppliers
  • Organize maintenance of production lines

Certified Consumer Driven 6-Sigma Master Black Belt at Ford to supply complete theoretical an practical Black Belt training sessions. Courses (5 weeks) included:

  • DMAIC problem solving method, leadership training (project, team and change management).
  • Guide Black Belt Candidates in their cost saving projectsReport to Ford Genk Quality Management on progress & results.

01/01/2015: Master Black Belt and business partner of IKMW. Organizing and teaching a broad range of quality courses.