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Galbiati Group: Best Supplier of Siemens Vai

Monday, November 14, 2011


Siemens VAI awards the excellence of its suppliers

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Strict compliance to quality and delivery times, evaluation of prices and of the sourcing overall value: these are the terms deserving for Galbiati Group the award as best Siemens Vai supplier for the biennium 2010-2011.

Within the SIEMENS group, Siemens VAI Metals Technologies (with its companies located in Austria, France, United Kingdom, Italy, United States and with branch offices in all countries of the industrialized world, including India, China, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Arabic Countries, Brazil and South America, etc.) deals with the supply, “turnkey”, of systems for the production and processing of steel and aluminium in the form of long products (bars, profiles, rods, etc..) and of wide products (plates sheets, coils, etc..).

SIEMENS VAI MT acts as “Main contractor” on a global scale offering to the producers of ferrous and non ferrous metals, the most modern technologies aimed at improving the quality of final products, at the maximum automation of the production cycle, at the preservation of the environment by reducing emissions of CO2 and of other polluting solids, liquids and gaseous.

It counts on the cooperation of thousands of suppliers of various kinds; from small companies to multinational groups with distributors around the world, located in Italy, Europe, India, China.

Since the beginning of the year Siemens VAI MT has started an internal procedure for evaluating the performance of all such subcontractors, with the aim of drawing up a list of those, among others, who better show to meet the expectations of Siemens VAI MT along time in terms of “compliance with the performances requirements, of their products and/or services” and this program was called “Supplier Stars Certification Program”.

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All suppliers of Siemens VAI MT are organized in three main categories according to criteria of “Quality of the product and/or Service”, “Innovation”, “global competitiveness”; within each single categories, as per further stages of evaluation Siemens VAI MT finally selected 5 suppliers for each category .  . .  the best ones ! Partners with whom Siemens VAI MT has found the best competitive partnership and with whom it intends to continue this mutually beneficial partnership for growth, to compete successfully in the global market.

The motto of the whole program was “MILLION STARS SHINE IN THE SKY, BUT ONLY A FEW AMONG THEM ARE MORE BRILLIANT THAN OTHER”; to celebrate the best ones, the brightest among the thousands of stars, a better location than the Planetarium of Vienna  ( Siemens Vai 2011 Supplier Stars Ceremony ), could not have been chosen ; the event took place on October 28th 2011.

Galbiati Group, invited to attend the ceremony, has been elected and certified the best of the 5 best companies in the category “Global Competitiveness”   getting the best compliments, from the highest hierarchical authorities of Siemens VAI MT for the fulfilment,  extraordinarily effective, in the field of products with global competitiveness.

Galbiati Group: Best Supplier Siemens Vai

In the picture, the winners of each of the three categories awarded directly from Auer Werner, Ceo of Siemens Vai Metals Technologies (from left to right): Pietro Galbiati, General Manager of Galbiati Group S.r.l. for the category “Global Competitiveness”, Henry Oberhuber, Ceo Maschinenfabrik Liezen und Gießerei Ges.m.b.h. for the category “Product Quality” , and Dr. Christian Dorninger, Ceo Dorninger Hytronics GmbH for the category “Innovation”.

It is the first time that Siemens VAI MT releases such recognition to its top three suppliers, selected from among more than 6000 that currently collaborate with Siemens VAI MT . Two Austrian and one Italian companies, Galbiati Group.

“In the future the prize will be awarded every two years”, promised the Ceo Werner Auer.

“With this award we want to strengthen mutual trust and strategic partnership with our suppliers, so as to provide the best and most advanced solutions to our customers, ” Auer specified during the celebration night, “Because with quality, innovation and our engineering competitiveness in the world can seize the opportunities offered in the global market ”

In the category “quality“  the award was assigned to “Maschinenfabrik Ges. mbH MFL Liezen “, a foundry located in Styria, a producer of quality steel castings used by Siemens MT for the the creation of wear components for the steel mills.

In the category “innovation” the other Austrian company   “Dorninger Hytronics Gmbh” was awarded; manufacturer of hydraulic solutions and mechatronic components that which as been working for a period with  Siemens VAI MT for the optimization of automation in the casting facilities and in many other applications.

In the category “Global CompetitivenessGalbiati Group Srl was nominated “Supplier Star” for the demonstrated ability in working with Siemens VAI MT, for the design and construction of power transmission parts for rolling mills and casting plants;  Auer also highlighted as Galbiati Group Srl well-established a good cooperation with Siemens VAI MT providing operational flexibility and high quality, all combined with speed and accuracy in delivery, key features that make  Galbiati  as the best provider for Siemens Vai of components for metallurgic plants.

The cooperation between Siemens VAI MT and Galbiati Group, started around 10 ten years ago, grew up along time also thanks to the  empowered exchanges of know-how and competences  in order to optimize technical solutions, always with a fast feedback and a direct and interactive communication.

For further information please see also:  Siemens Vai MT and Siemens Vai Metals- Facebook, Winners of Siemens Vai.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011


Siemens VAI awards the excellence of its suppliers
Strict compliance to quality and delivery times, evaluation of prices and of the sourcing overall value: these are the terms deserving for Galbiati Group the award as best Siemens Vai supplier for the biennium 2010-2011.

The Galbiati case is still school: the case history of the Group presented to Assiot

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


The Galbiati case is still school: following the event of the last July 8th 2011 it was now the venue for the 21 Assiot affiliates whose Galbiati case history was presented, in cooperation with Staufen, on Friday October 28th 2011.

Optimization of production and lean production were the issues covered during the event, both on a theoretical and academic point of view thanks to the great presentation of Dott. Giancarlo Oriani, managing director of Staufen Italia, and on a practical one, through the visit to the facility by all Assiot affiliates (mechanical workshop and assembly department).

The Galbiati case is still school: the case history of the GroupThe Galbiati case is still school: the case history of the Group

Many aspects have been touched by Mr. Oriani, who first explained to all players the Galbiati case, namely the origin of the need for a radical renewal process, and then illustrated the results obtained so far and achievable in near future, but also presented difficulties and resistances encountered in the process of renewal and above all how they were overcome.

From 2003 onwards, in fact, Galbiati Group has undergone an exponential growth both in terms of turnover and in terms of production capacity and human resources: it’s now detected the need of a guide, of an action outside the company, able to implement a better organization, assigning responsibilities and duties. Galbiati appeared at the time as an artisan company, still based on a familiar pattern, where everyone did everything and although working was very hard, efficiency was not always accompanied by its effectiveness.

Thus it’s explained the intervention of Staufen at Galbiati, with a work schedule of 12 months, oriented to the discipline and principles of Lean Production.

First visits by Staufen at Galbiati had highlighted a series of issues which can be summarized in the need for the company to improve its organization, to increase effectiveness (on time performance as a competition factor and elimination of penalties) and efficiency (reduction of overall costs against an equal output). They were also identified some areas for potential improvement, such as the flow of materials, tidiness and cleanliness in the factory and the overall management of the orders.

The concept of Lean Production, which recalls the case of Toyota in the ’80s, is the most actual form of production with Nippon origin which uses the tools of total quality and of the “just in time”.
Base concept of the Lean Production is that the complexity is in fact a cost.  It’s therefore worth to re-consider in a global way the overall production process, involving within the decisional process, since its first stage, all the functions present within a company.  Considering the product as a value, reduces costs, eliminates wastages, leads to a reduction of complexity in the production, made more flexible, resulting in optimum use of facilities, reduction of time of storage in the warehouses, improvement of design studies and rationalization of the supply.
As the Lean Production is based on an increased attention to the customers’ needs, it’s set up as a necessary choice for each company focused onto total quality.

“We tried to establish the tenets of Lean Production”, explains Mr. Oriani “systematically implementing tidiness and cleanliness in the workshop and assembly area, introducing the concept of strong long term partnerships with suppliers, reorganizing wisely micro and macro areas designated to assembly and mechanical processing, streamlining the process of fulfilling orders, improving activities of the technical department and, finally, defining a new organization for the improvement of the production process.” Reducing wastages, achieving considerable savings in terms of time and resource management, we improved the work environment by establishing cleaning and tidiness and empowered the relations with suppliers by establishing just in time contracts. We have also reorganized the assembly area, setting tasks and responsibilities of each one and set up an internal communication between departments, demanding, finally, punctuality in work from every single resource.”

The results obtained after a year of working and cooperation with Staufen have been fully admired by all Assiot affiliates: work areas (workshop, assembly) have been arranged according to the principles of the 5 S (Seiri整理 = clear,  Seiton漢字 =  set up, Seiso清楚= shine, Seiketsu漢字= standardize, Shitsuke漢字= support and improve standards), areas have been organized, the equipment in the areas of assembly and processing with the definition of internal product flows, defined the roles and responsibilities within the structure, through training that involved most of the Galbiati staff.

The Galbiati case is still school: the case history of the GroupThe Galbiati case is still school: the case history of the Group

Impressive results have been therefore achieved: an improvement of 28% for the efficiency of assembly terms and plants and of the 12% within the efficiency of mechanical processing.

“Within six months, we achieved a significant increase in the quality both in the organization and in the maintenance of tidiness and cleanliness in the workshop, a change that is then reflected on the quality and value of the product,” explains Ivan Folla, the commercial director of Galbiati Group.

The Galbiati case is still school: the case history of the GroupThe meeting concluded with a warm applause from the Assiot members and Staufen affiliates for Pietro Galbiati, General Manager of Galbiati Group, for making this possible, for turning own workshop into an organized and structured company and for the approval granted by Hatebur and Siemens Vai for Galbiati as Best Supplier of the Year.

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