24 January 2014
The employees of Metinvest Group's Khartsyzsk Pipe presented new computers to the city's general education institutions. All 12 Khartsyzsk schools were provided with a modern laptop.
Khartsyzsk Pipe is the only enterprise of Metinvest Group that implements the "Money Box of Ideas" program. The objective of this program is that every enterprise worker that makes a made work-improvement suggestion not only improves the production process or work conditions, but also fills in the "money box." Each idea results in UAH 50 in the virtual box. When the sum in the box is substantial, the employees of Khartsyzsk Pipe spend it on good deeds.
This week the workers used their "money box" to present computers to all of the city's schools. The presents were handed over by the initiators of most of the suggestions.
"We gave suggestions to optimize the operation of equipment, improve labour conditions, save energy or reduce rejected products. Then we made a collective decision to present laptops to schoolchildren," said Vyacheslav Romanenko, head of automatic controls in the Automation Department. "I hope we have more effective suggestions in the future, the 'money box' will fill up faster, and we will organize more such positive events for our schools and kindergartens."
At the end of last year, the innovators of Khartsyzsk Pipe purchased multimedia projectors and mobile screens for the city's schools. Now studying will be more modern and engaging with the new laptops.
"In the high school, the teachers often give creative tasks, and the students can demonstrate their results on the screen. We also use the screen and projector for extra-curricular activities. Our options have expanded now. The classes are very interesting for children," said Galina Semenova, director of School #2.
Khartsyzsk Pipe has been implementing the "Money Box of Ideas" program since 2012. During this period, the workers purchased a swaddling table and two refrigerators for the municipal hospital, music and lighting equipment for the kindergarten and electric water boiler for the social and sports rehabilitation centre for handicapped people.
"There are many talented and proactive workers at our plant. They are all creative people and professionals, who not only increase the efficiency of their enterprise, but also help city residents," said Pavel Uzbek, general director of Khartsyzsk Pipe.
In 2013, the employees of Khartsyzsk Pipe made 3,173 work-improvement suggestions, which filled the "Money Box of Ideas" with UAH 160,000.
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Khartsyzsk Pipe Plant is the largest pipe producer in Ukraine and one of the largest pipe producers in Europe. The company produces large diameter longitudinal submerged arc welded (LSAW) pipes from 508 mm to 1,422 mm with external corrosion-resistant and internal corrosion-resistant coating or flow coat for main oil and gas pipelines. The capacity of the plant is 1.3 million tons of pipes per year, including about 700,000 tons of coated pipes. Khartsyzsk Pipe has an integrated management system based on standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, API Spec Q1, DSTU ISO 9001, GOST Р ISO 9001, and STO Gazprom 9001. The plant’s products have been certified by the American Petroleum Institute (U.S.), Zetom Research and Certification Institute (Poland) and UkrSepro (Ukraine). Welding operations are certified for compliance with ISO 3834-2. The plant was Metinvest’s first Ukrainian enterprise to launch a lean enterprise program.
Metinvest Group is a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies that manages every link of the value chain, from mining and processing iron ore and coal to making and selling semi-finished and finished steel products. It has steel and mining production facilities in Ukraine, Europe and the US, as well as a sales network covering all key global markets. Its strategic vision to become the leading vertically integrated steel producer in Europe, delivering sustainable growth and profitability resilient to business cycles and providing investors with returns above industry benchmarks. The Group reported revenue of USD 3.1 billion and an EBITDA margin of 15% in the first quarter of 2013. The major shareholders of Metinvest B.V. (the holding company for Metinvest Group) are SCM Group (71.25%) and Smart-Holding (23.75%), which partner in the Group’s management. Metinvest Holding, LLC is the management company of Metinvest Group.