We have been making anodes for decades. Apparently we do that quite well as we sell around 350,000 tonnes of them every year. At Aluchemie we take a proactive approach to improvements in areas such as safety, health, environment, quality, efficiency and productivity. Our approach is defined in the Aluchemie Business System (ABS).
Lean and Six Sigma
We use methods such as Lean and Six Sigma. Lean aims to ensure that all process steps add value. Six Sigma aims to minimise variations in the process. Of course, we train our people in using these methods.
Improvements suggested by customers
We regularly liaise with our customers about options for improvement. For example, a customer might request anodes of a different shape or quality. These can help them produce aluminium more efficiently. Such apparently straightforward requests can lead to complex changes to the Aluchemie production process. But these are exactly the puzzles our technical people enjoy solving and being challenged by.
Improvements suggested by team members
Everyone at Aluchemie can contribute to business improvement. Every quarter we present the Bravo Award and prizes for the best ideas which have been implemented, to personnel who have done something special or made a particularly good suggestion.