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Safestyle volumes due to rise again in the New Year

Safestyle volumes due to rise again in the New YearExcellent news for everyone in our company, Marketing and Sales have made their contribution and now Manufacturing are to deliver the volumes. On the back of our most successful year yet, the orders are set to rise even higher in 2013.

As the months pass and the year end is fast approaching, we have had an excellent year so far and on entering the final straight we have already started building the foundations to continue the success in 2013. We’ve had a number of new additions to the supply chain team recently and that should help us continue to deliver on improvement projects and maintain the focus on customer service. With colder weather approaching we need to be sure we are prepped for all weather conditions and that we take every precaution to ensure we get the frames to depot safely.

Every week now the PVC factory is changing and will continue to do so right up to the Christmas break when the new machines will be in place. A mass of employee engagement is taking place at present, we have just completed a VSM (Value Stream Mapping, more on that below) of the current status to capture all the NVA (None Value Added) areas within our process. From this we will design our future state layout and process to maximise efficiencies. Every single employee in the PVC factory has been spoken with and shown all the factory plans for the new production lines, talking through all the changes planned.

This has also been followed up by having presentation slideshows on large screens and storyboards displayed around our factory site. Extensive briefings and total employee engagement is being carried out to collect people’s concerns or improvement ideas to ensure they all come with us on our journey. Safestyle is not just a business that invests in new assets, we also invest in our number one asset: OUR PEOPLE.

On the Engineering side, the PVC factory phase 1 is going to plan in preparation of the new machinery arrival at the end of the month. Profile prepping assembly prior to welding has now been relocated to its new location along with the manual profile saw. This project consists of 9 machine/process moves and will be completed by Christmas, the first four moves are now complete.

During October the team (which has now been bolstered by shop floor operatives) completed a 5-day on site Value Stream Mapping (VSM) event. Value Stream Mapping is a lean manufacturing technique used to analyse and design the flow of materials and information required to bring a product or service to a customer, in our case the internal customer for the PVC factory is the delivery of frames into glazing. Pictured is the team on completion of the VSM course.

The continuing success being experienced by Safestyle dictates that the business, as whole, ups its game rather than rest on its laurels. There is no room for complacency as market forces continue to put pressure on every part of the business. We are constantly looking at eliminating waste in our processes and developing a structured and systems-based approach to how we manufacture the very best quality energy saving double glazing. There is a lot more work to be done but it is achievable and, with dialogue and consultation, we will get better and better in line with business requirements.

The Annual Christmas Raffle is well underway and we would like to thank all those who have either donated a prize or purchased tickets - your efforts have been recognised and you are helping to raise money for four very worthy causes: NSPCC, RSPCA, Cancer Research and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

May we also take this opportunity to thank everyone for their efforts this year so far, and for all to continue to drive to make this a year to remember.

29 November 2012

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