KASTAMONU has successfully implemented the Kaizen system

22 august 2018

KASTAMONU has successfully implemented the Kaizen system at the wood processing plant in the Alabuga special economic zone (Republic of Tatarstan). Received and implemented ideas of employees contribute to reducing costs and improving the quality of products.

The Kaizen system is aimed at the continuous improvement and development of the company. Innovative ideas of the plant's employees are aimed at identifying the causes of errors, increasing productivity, reducing costs, reducing downtime, ensuring labor safety, reducing risks and reducing waste.

The authors of the first proposals accepted for the implementation and having a positive effect were Ivan Sokovikov, Ilnar Ibragimov, Marat Khusainov, Andrei Pavlov, Ilnur Nabiullin, Rail Khabibullin, Ruslan Mazitov, and Olga Shibleva. The employees of the plant were awarded diplomas and gift certificates.

"The new system is focused on the close interaction of employees and effective organization of production, it will help to achieve even greater success of the enterprise", noted Ali Kılıç, General Director of KASTAMONU in Russia.

Thus, one of employees has developed the offer on the repair of a conveyor belt of the pressing line in case of its rupture. Earlier, in case of a rupture the conveyor belt was replaced with a new one. The reduction of downtime and engagement of fewer employees will have a significant economic impact.

Other kaizen offers provide occupational safety, reduce the risk of injury, improve the air quality of the environment, and help to reduce raw material costs.

The launch of the first stage of the KASTAMONU plant with a capacity of 565,000 m³ of MDF boards and 20 million m² of laminate was held in 2014, while in 2016 the second stage was launched. The designed capacity of the company exceeded 1 million m³ of MDF boards and 35 million m² of laminate per year. Featuring such indicators, KASTAMONU became the largest producer of MDF / HDF boards with production located under one roof not only in Russia, but also in Europe.



KASTAMONU was established in 1969 as a part of the holding HAYAT, which has been working since 1937. The annual production of wood boards at the KASTAMONU plants amounts to 5 million m3, including 2.45 million m3 of MDF and 2.55 million m3 of particleboards. KASTAMONU enters the top five largest companies in the wood processing industry in Europe. The company specializes in the manufacturing of MDF wood boards, particleboards, laminate flooring, door skin panels, glossy panels and table tops. Its annual turnover in 2015 amounted to €1 billion.