Productivez!: SYMOP awards its label to a Fives customer in recognition of production plant upgrades

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Wednesday April 10 saw the first PRODUCTIVEZ! Label awards ceremony at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris (France). Organized and hosted by SYMOP, the French association for manufacturing technologies, and sponsored by Daniel Goldberg, Member of the French Parliament for Seine Saint Denis and rapporteur for the government mission on the cost of production in France, this event presented awards to 26 companies from all over France in recognition of their commitment to improved competitiveness by investing in production resources. The award winners included SALM (the company behind Schmidt/Cuisinella kitchens), which was nominated by the Fives Group.

This Alsace-based kitchen manufacturer received its award for the way it has optimized its kitchen panel production flows to reduce kitchen production lead times from 7 days to 1 day. Fives has made a major contribution to this performance by supplying a panel storage system comprising 4 loading robots of storage trolleys (cycle time: 3 seconds per panel), 2 trans stockers with wireless infrared data transmission technology and laser telemetry, a robotized front panel machining and sorting unit and high-pressure water cutters for precise panel cutting.

Introduced by SYMOP last September, the PRODUCTIVEZ! label is a program of initiatives designed to promote investment and innovation in production resources. “The value of a label promoting corporate commitment has quickly become apparent by creating a positive snowball effect that is benefiting French industry as a whole,” says SYMOP President Jean-Camille Uring.

Designed as a brand in its own right, this label provides a guarantee that the company concerned has met three key criteria in upgrading its production facilities: a recent upgrade by a company based in France, measurable productivity gains that respond directly to the needs of markets and therefore customers, and a positive effect on employment in terms of improved working conditions, training or direct recruitment of new personnel.

This first event was really just stage one, because another label presentation ceremony is scheduled for this fall, to be followed by the 2013 Productivez! awards at the end of the year, when special awards will be presented to the year’s Top 3 label holders.

From left to right :

Jean Claude Meyer, Production Director (SALM), Olivier Offner, Technical Director (SALM), Pauline Martin (SYMOP) and Christophe Abry, Sales Director (Manufacturing systems - Industry – Fives)