Efficiency may be described as the ability to achieve a desired effect with the minimum possible resources. In an increasingly complex and competitive world, we can only ensure the profitable growth of our organization by doing things better.
Within the framework of the current Strategic Plan 2019-20121 Gonvarri Industries, Efficiency axis is reinforcing its systems of continuous improvement systems and its Core knowledge management through actions coordinated by SGI (Integrated Management System, the result of the merger of the Health and Safety, Environment, Quality and SPG/Lean Manufacturing areas) and BTM (Business Technology Management).
Created in 2017, the Integrated SGI Audit replaces all partial system audits, providing a comprehensive vision of the situation of each audited centre compared to international standards (OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, IATF 16949, ISO 9001) as well as against internal standards (Health and Safety systematics, Environmental Behaviour Index, TQM methodology and the SPG model).
16 key processes identified:
The Health and Safety model at Gonvarri Industries is based on the principle of integrating Safety throughout the organisation, by dividing the responsibilities among all participants in the organizational structure, in all the decisions that are made, and in all the new processes and projects that are taken on.
This commitment was reinforced in 2011 when the CEO launched the ¨One Step ahead¨ plan, and in 2014 with the inclusion of a specific axis for Health and Safety in the global Strategic Plan of Gonvarri Industries and in 2017 the “Doing Well by Doing Safe” Safety Plan.
67% of our factories are certified under international health and safety standards (ISO 45001/OHSAS 18001).
In 2019, for the first time, it has been possible to lower the Frequency Index. A total of 102 accidents with leave and 422 accidents without leave occurred during the year.
El compromiso de Gonvarri con el medio ambiente arranca con la certificación del Sistema de Gestión Ambiental bajo el estándar ISO 14001. Actualmente están certificadas el 69% de nuestras fábricas.
Lifecycle Approach: Circular Economy
Part 1: The role of our products in the circular economy
At Gonvarri we believe in the decisive contribution of steel to global socio-economic growth and the development of more sustainable production models, such as the ¨Circular Economy¨, a concept that is destined to gain importance in the coming years.
Part 2: A transition based on 5 transversal elements
Part 3: Circularity in Gonvarri Industries
At Gonvarri we want to use the Circular Economy as a tool to guide us towards the continuous improvement of our production processes and greater environmental responsibility, rather than having this concept as our final goal.
The proposals entail the whole lifecycle, from production and consumption to the waste management, which includes the secondary raw material market.
1 Integrated scrap management
In 2019, a total of 304,744 tons of scrap were processed.
2 Purchases of recycled steel
3 Reuse of secondary external products
According to the available data on the pickling and galvanizing process, since its implementation last year, it is estimated that there has been a 51% reduction in the cost of acid in euros per ton of steel processed compared to 2018. On the other hand, expenditure on the treatment of ferrous (waste) in euro/Tn of steel processed increased by 9%, as double acid is required due to its higher concentration (17%) and lower yield than commercial acid (32%).
4 ACV: Our products
A Product Carbon Footprint (CFP) study was conducted in 2019 to measure the impact of the product on the Roads division. With this comparison we can say that the carbon footprint (CFP) of the steel fence is 3 times lower than that of the concrete fence.
5 Plastic reduction/elimination project
Gonvarri Industries is committed to gradually eliminating/substituting plastic in its work centres and improving its management, through the project “#Unplastic: Fight against plastic 2020-2021”.
To this end, a series of specific actions were defined in 2019, including plastic in offices and factories, based on three lines of action:
. Communication, volunteering and good practices
Gonvarri´s success is based on our capacity to identify and meet our customers´ needs. The keystone is the certification of all our companies in the quality management systems IATF 16949 (Auto and Industry) or ISO 9001 (Metallic Structures).
During 2018, the certification was completed for the Gonvarri centres (except for Metal Structures and Gonvarri Material Handling) under the new standard Auto IATF 16949, which is much more demanding in the identification and mitigation of risks.
Based on the Toyota Production System (TPS), the Gonvarri Production System (SPG) is the Lean Manufacturing program of Gonvarri.
The working method is that each Gonvarri´s interiorize the most efficient way to carry out their work, improving day by day, within a framework of full communication with their co-workers.
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