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Steklarna Hrastnik entry into the new investment cycle

Steklarna Hrastnik envisages major investments in production with the aim of further development, expansion, and growth. The first step towards this goal is 4.2 million investment in the reinforcement of the packaging programme. It is expected that by the spring of 2018, the lighting glass production unit will be transformed into the packaging glass production unit. This gradually abolishes the production of lighting glass, and provides opportunities for further development of the packaging glass programme. All employees from the lighting glass production unit will be offered reassignment within the company.


Steklarna Hrastnik will invest EUR 4.2 million in the purchase of a new machine for packaging glass (IS-machine) and the transfer of the existing machine to Vitrum. This will increase the efficiency of the furnace in the new investment cycle by 25 tonnes per day; however, this is only the beginning - upon the acquisition of necessary permits, they plan to increase the capacity in Hrastnik in the coming years. Their ultimate goal is to increase the capacity of the furnace by 200 tonnes per day, which will also create 150 new high-value added jobs.  


“The abolishment of the lighting glass programme is our opportunity to expand the packaging glass programme,” emphasised Andrej Božič, President of the Glass Division. Since the onset of the crisis in 2008, demand in the market of lighting glass has dropped sharply, especially at the expense of the increasing uptake of LED lights. Furthermore, Steklarna Hrastnik has faced a sharp price competition in this market, which is promoted by cheap products from the Chinese market.


Božič also pointed out that Steklarna Hrastnik invested EUR 2.8 million in the development of lighting glass unit over the past eight years; however, they are not satisfied with the results: “We were intensely looking for ways to increase profitability and the scale of operations. Cooperation with well-known designers also failed to meet the expectations that would economically justify the continued existence of the programme.” In 2018, Steklarna Hrastnik would have to invest at least an additional EUR 2.5 million in furnace renewal, which would be an over-investment for a programme that is not profitable.

 

Since Steklarna Hrastnik is aware of the importance of glass factory for employees, mainly from Hrastnik and the surrounding municipalities, they have been looking for ways to optimise the production and retain all employees - which they will succeed with the planned restructuring of production. All employees from the lighting glass production unit will be offered a redeployment within the company. "We will offer them conditions of employment that will be comparable with the current, if not better," said Peter Čas, General Director, and assured: “The transition to new jobs will be gradual and employee-friendly. Nothing will happen overnight. Employees will be integrated into the mentoring system in order to get acquainted with new production technologies, learn new tasks, and thus make it easier to take on new jobs.”

 

Glass packaging market flourishment
Conversely, the market of special glass packaging and perfume and cosmetic packaging has proven to be an opportunity for expansion, as demand has steadily increased in recent years. The increase in demand was exceptionally high this year. “We have decided to take action now, when the market of special glass and perfume and cosmetic packaging enables a great opportunity for expansion,” said Peter Čas, the General Director of Steklarna Hrastnik. Otherwise, Steklarna Hrastnik entered the segment of cosmetic and perfume packaging two years ago.


30 percent increase envisaged for the packing glass programme
Currently, the packaging glass unit has no room for the integration of machines, equipment and logistics, which are needed to increase capacities; however, the lighting glass production areas will provide the opportunity to do precisely that. The glass factory envisages more than 30 percent increase for the packaging programme. As already indicated, the new investment cycle begins with the investment in the purchase of a new production machine (IS-machine) and the transfer of an additional machine to the Vitrum location. By reorganising production, Steklarna Hrastnik will set the conditions for optimising production, raising profitability and new investments in the coming years.

 

The tradition of manual glass production remains
Despite its reorganisation, Steklarna Hrastnik will preserve the tradition of manual glass production. Manual production will be implemented upon special orders, such as promotional bottles or other exclusive glassware, which require this type of work.

Prime Minister Visits Steklarna Hrastnik

In the course of his two-day tour of Zasavje and Posavje, Prime Minister Miro Cerar visited Steklarna Hrastnik today, accompanied by Ministers Majcen and Počivalšek. The main topics of discussion were the operation of companies in Zasavje and the incentives needed from the government.


Like many other businesses in Zasavje, Steklarna Hrastnik wants better transport links, which would significantly improve the company's competitive position. During talks at Steklarna Hrastnik, the management also focused on the industrial park project near the old plant and on levelling the playing field for domestic and foreign investments when it comes to advantages for investors.


Special attention was given to amendments of the Decree on limit values for environment noise indicators, which anticipates the elimination of all exemptions after 2020. In its current form the Decree is damaging for the economy. "At Steklarna Hrastnik we pointed out that despite implementing very expensive corrective measures and using the best available technology, it will be virtually impossible for us to stay below the post-2020 limit values. This is because of certain historical circumstances, the specific properties of the area and the condition of the plant. Based on that we expect the decree to consider the industry requirements," said Peter Čas, General Director of Steklarna Hrastnik. During the visit, Ivan Kovačič, President of the Steklarna Hrastnik union, handed the Prime Minister a letter of protest with the company's demands regarding the changes to be made to the decree on noise pollution.

 

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Sharing Good Internal Practices in Innovation

Early this week, representatives of the company Talum paid Steklarna Hrastnik a working visit. As a reward for 50 associates who submitted more than 6 internal innovations and suggestions for improvement, the Talum Chairman of the Board took them on a visit to our company. During this friendly visit, Andrej Božič, Glass Division President, and Enes Rakovič, Director of Production, told the guests about Steklarna Hrastnik and our good practice in internal innovation. The visitors were then taken on a tour of the production plant for a closer look at the wonderful world of glass.


Enes Rakovič, Director of Production:"We also discussed a closer link between the two companies in the field of innovation and talked about future collaboration. The future of innovative collaboration is definitely close and absolutely real. In late October, a group of our shift managers and technologists visited Talum and learnt more about the company's activities, which involve a lot more than just silver metal, as they say there."

 

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Danah Zohar Visits Steklarna Hrastnik

A leading thinker of our time, Danah Zohar is currently in Slovenia following an invitation from BB Consulting. Today she paid a visit to Steklarna Hrastnik, an excellent example that brings together her teachings, views, knowledge, and vision on company management and presents it in practice. Danah Zohar’s philosophy was introduced in Steklarna Hrastnik thanks to Andrej Božič, Ksenija Špiler Božič, and their team. Andrej Božič is the former General Director of Steklarna Hrastnik, who is now in charge of the company’s strategic development as the President of the Glass Division, while Ksenija Špiler Božič set up the HR strategy and is responsible for key HR development. Working together, they pulled Steklarna Hrastnik out of the red, saving jobs and building the foundation for the company’s further growth and development.


For the Steklarna Hrastnik employees, Danah Zohar gave a short talk on quantum leadership with the goal of understanding why the old models of leadership are no longer sufficient or effective. The employees learnt about the basics of quantum leadership principles, the 12 principles underlying a person or organisation with a high level of spiritual intelligence, the methods of motivation or how changes occur, the meaning of the pyramid of changes and the actors for change.


During her time in Slovenia, Danah Zohar will also meet with various shareholders from the economy and public administration, discussing with them the importance of new approaches to leadership.

 

About Danah Zohar
Danah Zohar is a leading thinker in the field of leadership and “a charismatic fighter for a better world,” in the words of Manca Košir. Her mission is to help create a sustainable society of the future through the development of leadership, purpose, and motivation. She studied Physics and Philosophy at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and finished her postgraduate work in Philosophy, Religion and Psychology at Harvard University. She is Visiting Professor of Quantum Philosophy in the College of Management at Guizhou University in China. She regularly speaks on leadership at international conferences and works with corporate leadership teams worldwide. Her clients include Volvo, Coca Cola, McKinsey, Astra Pharmaceutical, Marks & Spencer, Motorola, and many others. She also lectures at conferences held by UNESCO, the European Cultural Foundation, the Davos World Economic Forum, and many other national and international organisations. She has authored and co-authored a number of bestselling books, of which “Spiritual Intelligence” and “Spiritual Capital” have also been translated into Slovenian. Danah Zohar was included in the 2002 Financial Times Prentice Hall book as “one of the top 100 management thinkers”.

 

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Steklarna Hrastnik Receives the 2017 Silver Award for Innovation

As part of this year’s Innovation Day, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia presented the awards for the best innovations in 2017. Steklarna Hrastnik won the silver award for the application of three different technologies for the production of glass products in a single glass furnace based on oxy-fuel technology.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY COMPANY

In November 2011, Steklarna Hrastnik  was proud to receive the basic Family Friendly Company Certificate.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
We place great importance on the protection of the environment.

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Steklarna Hrastnik was a finalist at the 2012 Zlata Nit pageant in the Big Companies category, and received... 

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Ambiente International Fair was granted the Ethical Style Guide certificate to Steklarna Hrastnik.

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