Miskolc/Budapest – The fifth TRANSLOG Connect Congress, the premier regional event for the logistics, carriage and supply chain management industry, has just taken place in Budapest. Following the great success of previous years, the organisers, TEG The Events Group, once again presented the Award for Logistics Excellence. The award honours currently-operating logistics and supply chain management solutions that contribute to the development of the Central and Eastern European region. It is open to manufacturing, supply and trading companies. This year’s Award for Excellence went to Robert Bosch Power Tool Kft. of Miskolc. It was received by Péter Révay, chief financial officer of the Miskolc company, and by Melinda Mátó, logistics lean expert. The plant manager of the Miskolc power tool plant, Ansgar Lengeling, welcomed the award by saying, “Quality nowadays is not just a matter of the products, it has to involve the company as a whole. A key factor in maintaining the success of the Miskolc power tool plant over many years is its strong and fast-paced innovation capabilities. This shows up in the fact that nearly every month this year we have received another award or international accolade or successfully completed a project.”
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How can a plant’s production and logistics systems be transformed? How can internal material supply processes be redesigned? These and similar questions addressed by a project in the Miskolc power tool plant. A few years ago, the management realised that lack of space on the production shopfloor was the main limitation to corporate growth. Using their own newly-developed methodology, the Miskolc plant staff started by identifying the types of internal supply and logistic processes it needed, and then put these into action. In the new system, the number of queues arising from internal logistics problems has radically decreased, resulting in a major boost to the company’s efficiency and profitability. To free up production space, the project slimmed down production lines using the “lean line design” method, placing enormous challenges on the internal logistics system. It achieved reductions in production-line space by eliminating storage for large components. The project resulted in a 70% decrease in the space used for storing raw materials and an 82% increase in line productivity.
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Bosch has been present in Hungary since 1899. After its re-establishment as a regional trading company in 1991, Bosch has grown into one of Hungary’s largest foreign industrial employers. In financial 2014, its 9 Hungarian subsidiaries had a total turnover of HUF 825 billion and sales of the Bosch Group on the Hungarian market – not counting trade among its own companies – was HUF 183 billion The Bosch Group in Hungary employs 10,500 people (as per April 1, 2015). In addition to its manufacturing, commercial and development business, Bosch has a network of sales and service operations that covers the entire country.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015), and generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
Additional information is available online at www.bosch.hu
*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.