Fostering lean production

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Sibirskaya Niva has enrolled in the national Labour Productivity project. The enterprise is one of the first in the Siberian region to introduce cost saving practices.

This initiative is aimed at boosting labour efficiency at medium-sized and large enterprises in the non-basic materials sector. The goal is to reach a 5% annual performance increase by 2024. Thirty-four companies based in Novosibirsk have embarked on the national project. Sibirskaya Niva was one of the first to join in.

‘Our main objectives are to enhance the professional competence of our employees and raise operational efficiency’, explains Ivan Poddubny, Deputy Regional Director of Sibirskaya Niva. ‘With the help of the Regional Labour Productivity Centre experts, we would like to identify our weaknesses and improve the KPIs.’

Penkovo dairy, Maslyanino district, was chosen as the pilot project site. The lean production concept comprises all working processes: from feeding to milk shipment. The company expects to increase milk yield per cow by 10%, step up labour productivity, bring down losses and cut input costs without impairing the product quality.

‘Our greatest challenge is that we deal with cows. Dairy farm processes cannot be postponed or suspended’, says Elena Khandoshko’, Herd Nutritionist, Sibirskaya Niva. ‘Therefore, before launching the project on our farm, we had carried out a comprehensive analysis and optimized every process: feeding, moving cows, milking and other routines.’

After successful implementation of the project on Penkovo farm, it will be carried out at other operations of the company.

By Tatyana IGNATENKO