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Kastamonu plant to conduct optimization following employee projects


In the near future, Kastamonu plant in the Alabuga SEZ will introduce several improvements proposed by employees within the framework of the Kaizen system – a world-famous Japanese practice aimed at continuous improvement of production, management, and business processes of companies.

Kastamonu has been applying the Kaizen system for four years. During this time, employees offered several hundred ideas to optimize production processes, reduce costs, improve product quality and reduce environmental impact. Many of them have been successfully implemented in production. In the near future, the plant will introduce seven Kaizen proposals at once, aimed at optimizing repair works and saving energy and resources. The proposals were received for the period from March to June.

"The Kaizen system is focused on the effective organization of production, search for ideas for further development and improvement," said Ali Kılıç, CEO of Kastamonu Russia. "Every month, our specialists offer dozens of ideas. Following their consideration by a commission, the best of them are promptly implemented in production. At the same time, employees themselves are interested in the implementation of the projects. Their activity does not decrease throughout the entire time that the Kaizen practice is applied at the plant."

The Kaizen system is aimed at continuous improvement and development of the company. Innovative ideas of plant's employees help eliminate production errors, increase productivity, reduce costs, as well as reduce risks and ensure labor safety.  


The group of companies of Kastamonu Entegre was established in 1969 as a part of the Hayat Holding. The company specializes in the manufacturing of MDF wood boards, particleboards, laminate flooring, door skin panels, and glossy panels. The consolidated turnover of Kastamonu Entegre amounts to €1.3 billion. The annual production of wood boards is 5 million m3, laminate flooring – 70 million m2.

Hayat Holding, which includes Kastamonu Entegre, was founded in 1937 and today consists of 41 companies in various business areas. Hayat unites brands such as Papia, Familia, Bingo, Molfix and many others.

Kastamonu Entegre has 18 plants in 7 countries: Turkey, Russia, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the USA. The company ranks No. 7 internationally and No. 4 in Europe among the largest companies in the wood processing industry.

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