Factory of The Year 2018, Process Solutions as technical partner, PPH Média, Gyártás Trend magazine
In the following, we introduce the winners of this year, the schedule of the competition, as well as how Process Solutions’ evaluation team supports the work of the Jury.
For the competition “Factory of the Year 2018” sixty-three category-applications were received from various branches of industry. Also this year, the struggle between factories was concluded after the evaluation process with a gala dinner where winners of the particular categories were announced and awarded with all due solemnity and it also came to light who was awarded the “Factory of the Year” prize in the combined category of small, medium-sized, and large companies.
Winners of competition “Factory of the Year 2018”
- Continental Automotive Hungary Kft. (in the category of annual net sales revenue exceeding 10 billion forints)
- István Simon, individual entrepreneur (in the category of annual net sales revenue exceeding 3 to 10 billion forints)
- EMIKA Zrt. (in the category of annual net sales revenue below 3 billion forints)
- The Best Management Processes (support provider: MEWA): STI Petőfi Nyomda Kft.
- The Most Innovative Producer: Videoton Elektro-PLAST Kft.
- The Best Producer: Continental Automotive Hungary Kft.
- The Most Successful Production Support Pprovider: Hell Group of Companies – Quality Pack Zrt.
- Customer Satisfaction: EMIKA Zrt.
- Employee Satisfaction: Duna-Dráva Cement Kft.
- Supplier Relations: István SIMON, individual entrepreneur
- Energy Efficiency (support provider: CYEB): Continental Automotive Hungary Kft.
- Industry 4.0: Continental Automotive Hungary Kft.
The Jury awarded a special price to IQ Kecskemét Ipari Kutató Kft. for its activity reshaping the branch of industry.
How does the competition take place?
Competitors have been invited year by year for the “Factory of the Year” competition since 2015. This competition is organised for companies having a production unit in Hungary. PS, as a technical partner, takes part in management of the competition from the outset, also the application forms were produced with our support before the first invitation to compete. This is a good opportunity for our employees to widen their horizon since the yearly factory visits always hold a lot of new knowledge and challenges in store for them.
PS takes part in evaluation of the applications and making judgement on awarding prizes in the first seven categories of the list of results seen above while making judgement on categories of Energy Efficiency and Industry 4.0 is supported by other expert firms.
The competition consists of four main phases:
- Submission of the application data sheets:
The applicants give answers to the questions of the application forms based on figures obtainable from the company management system.
- Evaluation of the applications:
PS technical team evaluates and ranks the submitted applications based on various objective and subjective methods – the applicants ranked first, second and third in each category will be short-listed.
- On-spot audit:
Factory visits take place in this phase where we have the opportunity to obtain also personal impression about those written in the application and can get additional impressions on the applicants.
- Decision-making by the Jury: First PS presents to expert panel the evaluation of application documents submitted by the short-listed companies, as well as a report on experience obtained during the personal visit then the Jury makes a decision on the final ranking.
This year eleven factories were visited. Occasionally, there were among them ones competing in several categories and ones who also participated in the competition in the preceding years since they consider it is important to test themselves year by year.
The on-site audits always play a decisive role in ranking the applications. In general, we meet the managing director, the general manager of the factory, and managers of the particular supporting areas and analyse the application forms and get additional relevant information, as well as impressions that help us compare the factories falling within the same category and create a technically well-founded ranking.
As it was experienced by us, firms made preparations for the audit thoroughly, professionally and hospitably and strove to maximally answer the questions posed, moreover to fully present their operation.
In 2018, a great number of factories considered to be large took part in the event and a close competition developed between them. The winner realised production and supporting processes of excellent quality through which it finally prevailed over the competitors in this category.
This year several factories from the automotive and plastics industries submitted applications to compete, moreover there was also a participant from the food industry that was not typical in the preceding years.
All factory units residing in Hungary are encouraged by us to participate in the competition since the prize of such a prestigious competition is of high value and it is also an issue not to leave out of consideration that the factories can position themselves in the market compared to their competitors.
Being worth sharing the more and more increasing experience of our evaluation team was already thought of, too, for instance, we would provide the factories with a detailed feedback in addition to the evaluation made during the competition in relation to what index numbers are worth being developed by them in order to have a better chance of achieving success even in the course of the next competition.
We trust in increasing popularity of the competition, and also in having opportunity during the Factory of the Year 2019 competition to visit the factory units of even more representatives of even more branches of industry.
(Photos: Anna Gyurkovics)