All our operations are certified and the management system is a tool for good leadership in continuously improve our performance. One Nordkalk unified processes within the company improves efficiency, guarantee good governance and compliance. With our continuous improvement process, the personnel can suggest any ideas for improvement and be rewarded.
Good progress was made on continuous improvement throughout the year. We moved onwards with 5S at all our main sites, introduced the Lean Six Sigma methodoly to the company and performed four Lean Six Sigma training rounds. Our CIP process was updated and continued to be successful.
In 2018, 5S work was launched at every location in some form. 5S is a long process and change does not happen overnight, but the results can already be seen in many locations. A major improvment was to move 5S audits to a digital program called GRIA. Each audit is automatically recorded into the system which helps us to monitor change more effectively.
Continuous improvement process
Nordkalk started to use the Lean Six Sigma approach as a part of its continuous improvement process (CIP). In 2018 we trained a total of 58 LSS Yellow Belts and executed several LSS projects that will support our profitability going forward.
In 2019, we aim to train 50-60 more people to LSS Yellow Belt level. Through our LSS projects we have been able to open up bottle necks in our operations resulting in better than 20% capacity increaces in some of the projects.
The CIP process was updated and we clarified the definitions of CIP initiatives and defined the reward system for our employees related to approved CIPs. In 2018, a total of 174 CIP suggestions were approved.
Number of CIP suggestions per country 2018
Lifecycle management of our computers
Workstation lifecycle management at Nordkalk enables the lifecycle of our computers to be prolonged. Computers are recycled and put to a new use, which decreases CO2 emissions, energy consumption and waste. Workstation lifecycle management is certified by ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 through Nordkalk’s leasing partner.
Certified operations at all locations
Our management system is a tool for good leadership and for directing actions towards known, shared and planned targets, with the aim of continuously improving our performance. It ensures customer satisfaction and steers our financial performance in the right direction. Nordkalk’s management system is certified, which means that a third-party audit (currently DQS) is performed in order to assess the compliance of our activities with the standards.
Nordkalk’s operations are certified according to ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. In 2018 all our multisite certificates were renewed. Our operations in Turkey currently have their own certified management system, but we have plans to also include Turkey in our multisite certificates in coming years.
Our Turkish operations are currently certified according to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management standard and the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management standard by ASB Certification. A Health and Safety certification according to the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard has been issued by the CPC Certification Body. All certificates are valid for one year starting on 4 April 2018.
- Corporate governance
- Continuous improvements
- Capacity utilisation
- Transparency in reporting
- To improving efficiency, reducing unnecessary work, reducing mistakes and costs.
- To applying the continuous improvement process.
- To harmonising and unifying our business processes.
- To implementing modern technology such as digital solutions.
- To making our daily life at work run more smoothly than before.
Nordkalk is the leading limestone company in Northern Europe. We deliver essential raw materials to numerous industries, and our solutions contribute to clean air and water as well as productivity of agricultural land.