Production and quality
Home Appliances Division
In 2009 the majority (73.8 percent) of production activities in the Home Appliances Division were carried out within the framework of the parent company in Slovenia (Velenje), and the remainder in the Czech Republic and Serbia.
The greatest challenge in production was adjusting costs to the considerably smaller production output. In the middle of the year, we intensified our comprehensive review of costs within the scope of the SAP system, which enabled better focusing of activities on areas with potentially higher savings.
The best results were achieved in reducing the costs of material (introduction of components from China and Turkey) and labour (increased productivity, optimised number of employees). Examples of good practice were promptly transferred from factories in Velenje to other plants.
The Gorenje Group operates according to the established international standard quality management system ISO 9001, ISO 17025, which regulates the operation of all processes directed towards the needs, requirements and expectations of customers. The efficiency of the system is verified by internal and external evaluations conducted by the TUV certification authority.
|PRODUCTION VOLUME OF HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES|
|Source: Gorenje Group data|
The manufacture of refrigerators, freezers and cooling equipment is carried out at the production location in Velenje within the framework of the parent company, and at a production location in Valjevo, Serbia (Gorenje aparati za domacinstvo, d.o.o.). In 2009, the main activities in this programme were focused on launching the production of new appliances (Simplicity line) and increasing the energy efficiency of eight existing types of appliances to A++. In the middle of the year, the Company ordered a new assembly line on which it will be possible to manufacture appliances with a panel structure up to a width of 900 mm.
The manufacture of cooking appliances is carried out within the framework of the parent company in Velenje and at a production location at Mariánské Údolí in the Czech Republic (Mora Moravia s.r.o.). In 2009 we launched a new generation of NG3 cooking appliances, and then immediately began to upgrade them within the scope of the NGVA3 Piroliza project. This is an oven equipped with a self-cleaning function. We began to manufacture a new generation of G5 induction hobs, and successfully conducted the trial manufacture of gas cookers on glass-ceramic plates within the scope of the GOG project.
Wet and Dry Programme
The manufacture of washers and dryers is carried out at the production location in Velenje within the framework of the parent company. In 2009, the majority of activities in this programme were focused on the development of an energy-efficient condenser dryer with a capacity of up to nine kilograms of laundry, equipped with an integrated steam generator and a LED light, with which we are following world trends in increased washer and dryer loads. The launch of production of steam generator dryers is scheduled in April 2010.
Special attention was devoted to energy efficiency, which in washers with six and seven kilogramme loads was improved from class A to class A+ (-10 percent). A novelty in the market is a self-cleaning programme which eliminates problems caused by environment-friendly laundry washing methods. The latest washing programmes enable washing at much lower temperatures and with considerably less water than in the past. We developed a super-short, only 17-minute-long washing programme for less dirty laundry.
In addition to the above-mentioned, the division also has the following programmes:
- two supporting programmes which manufacture in-built components for home appliances:
- the Mekom mechanical component programme carried out within the framework of the parent company and at production locations in Velenje, otanj, Bistrica ob Sotli, and Rogatec;
- the IPC programme (entrepreneurial centre for disabled persons) carried out within the framework of the Gorenje I.P.C. company, with programmes at locations in Velenje and otanj;
- a programme of thermic and heating appliances carried out within the framework of the company Gorenje Tiki, d.o.o. at production locations in Ljubljana and in Stara Pazova in Serbia;
- and a factory for the manufacture and assembly of wheeled vehicles, Indop, d.o.o., in otanj.
Home Interior Division
The Home Interior Division comprises six basic production programmes. Of these, three are kitchen programmes: Gorenje, Marles and KA kitchens, and three are other programmes: furniture, bathrooms, and ceramics.
The division has production locations in Velenje, otanj, the village of Gorenje, Nazarje, and Maribor. In 2009, its activities were focused on the continuous improvement of product quality as well as the optimisation of production costs. Special attention was devoted to the introduction of components from the Far East (China), as well as the unification of materials and semi-finished products at several production locations. Work was also begun on a project aimed at increasing productivity, which will be continued in 2010.