Corporate / Design & Technology
Committing to a safe, efficient environment November 12th, 2008
By Pamela Muñoz
International PR Assistant Manager
Kia Motors launched volume production at its Zilina, Slovakia plant in December 2006 and quickly realized that it had underestimated the potential of its state-of-the-art facilities. Less than two years later, Kia Motors Slovakia (KMS) has exceeded expectations and reached its 300,000th vehicle production goal.
These accomplishments do not happen over night, nor do they happen by themselves. It takes an incredible amount of effort on the part of staff and management, along with a commitment to improving efficiency and quality. KMS cheerfully acknowledges that its assembly lines are reaching 98% efficiency.
“The successful continuation of production is a result of hard effort of all our employees and thanks to that we continue to fulfil our production plan for this year,” said In-Kyu Bae, President and CEO Kia Motors Slovakia in a recent news release. Mr. Bae has also been fully committed to providing Kia employees with a great working environment, ensuring safety and environmental standards are met, and often times exceeded.
Along with the great increase in quality of Kia vehicles, there has been remarkable improvement in safety among Kia’s many plants in the last decade. In an effort to prevent chronic illnesses from repetitive movements from line-assembly, Kia Motors has occupational health services available in all its plants for its staff. Not only is this beneficial for employees, but it is also a rational strategy for the company to ensure precision in productivity.
A mutual cooperation exists between KMS’ Facility & Environment team and external occupational health services in order to fulfil the goals set out for a healthy work environment and safer workplace. KMS also works with local health authorities to identify all negative factors influencing the work environment. The focus of their efforts is on the ergonomic conditions of the workplace and their impact on health. Preventing chronic illnesses and personal accident rates is the ultimate goal from this particular program. Such programs should lead to a greater level of comfort for Kia workers, which leads to improved efficiency.
With more than 2,740 qualified operators and staff in two manufacturing shifts in Zilina and the company’s commitment towards them for a safe environment, it is no wonder the plant is ahead of schedule!