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23 Sep 2022

More space for future technologies.

With 2,400 m² of additional floorspace currently in the final construction phase, WILD Technologies is laying an important cornerstone for future growth.

A significant enlargement of the manufacturing area, optimised storage equipment, and additional meeting, office and social space: The WILD Group is significantly upgrading its Trnava production site in Slovakia by introducing a series of measures designed to expand capacity in the production process for the long term.

”In order to be best prepared for growing market and customer requirements, we primarily need the corresponding production and storage space. Following completion of the first of three stages, 600 square metres are now available. The expansion by an additional 1,800 square metres from May 2023 will help reduce our office space bottleneck,“ Managing Director Tobias Knoop explains. ”Not only do we want to make use of the entire space of 4,800 square metres by 2027, but we also want to double turnover compared to 2021 by then.“ Until then, the number of staff members is expected to grow from currently 98 to 150-170. At the same time, the company is addressing the issue of energy efficiency and resource conservation. For instance, the entire lighting system in the production hall has been converted to LED. 

In recent years, the Trnava site has developed into a competent production partner and an important complement to the WILD Group‘s sites in Carinthia. ”We succeeded because our main focus was on expanding and strengthening the
technical expertise available. This is the requirement for managing the challenge of manufacturing a large share of the WILD Group‘s product portfolio,“ says Knoop. Therefore, in addition to the building infrastructure, we are also investing above all in the individual production lines. ”This is done on a product-to-product basis, depending on how the devices or assemblies can be manufactured in the best possible manner,“ Knoop explains.

A technologically competent site with lower wages is definitely relevant to the group‘s sustainable growth strategy. After all, today many customers are subject to increasing cost pressure.

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14 Sep 2022

Systematic, maximum improvment.

Lean management is nothing new. Implementing it successfully in the long run, however, requires the collaboration of as many staff members as possible. For this reason, the WILD Group is launching a broad training offensive in all areas.

As a technology partner accustomed to manufacturing at micrometre level, WILD lives and breathes precision on a daily basis. The same applies to its search for optimisation, which has been backed by a continuous improvement process for years. ”This fundamental approach is deeply rooted in the company“, stresses Matthias Ghetta, Head of Operations at WILD Electronics. Therefore, the topic of lean management falls on particularly fertile ground throughout the group. This is demonstrated, for instance, by the strong commitment of many staff members who wish to train and upskill themselves on their own initiative. Recently, 23 of them have successfully completed the Green Belt training programme. Together with the other 20 Green Belts and some 40 Yellow Belts who have attended the courses in recent years, they are currently promoting lean production in the areas of manufacturing, assembly, strategic procurement, sales, and engineering. In essence, the objective is always the highest possible customer satisfaction and the avoidance of any waste in the production process. ”The lean philosophy must be deeply embedded in the minds of staff members and management alike“, says WILD Technologies Managing Director Tobias Knoop. ”It‘s the only way to make the principle of lean production work. Operative processes, in particular production, represent a major lever that yields immediately visible results. But we want to expand this in-depth lean production knowledge to all corporate processes“. Hence, a Black Belt training programme has been scheduled for the autumn. Participants who successfully complete the training will have acquired in-depth lean production and lean leadership knowledge, enabling them to encourage lean thinking and coach their colleagues. The overriding aim: to improve the company‘s own processes with regard to efficiency and effectiveness, which will ultimately benefit customers.

To implement this on a systematic basis, the WILD and Photonic staff members are given the necessary tools as part of their Green, Yellow, and Black Belt training. ”We want to involve them even further and use their deep understanding for our processes and products. They receive greater freedom to implement improvements but they also assume greater responsibility“, Matthias Ghetta explains. The basis for all improvements is a clean and jointly implemented 5S concept. Other tools building on this include value stream mapping, SMED analysis, 5S audits and Muda Walks. The potentials identified in the process are then sustainably implemented as part of a PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle.

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