Written by Jonny Williamson
When Saudi Arabia’s largest steel manufacturer, Hadeed, wanted to improve safety and reliability throughout its organisation, the management team decided to implement a Technical and Innovation Week. Hadeed, a wholly owned subsidiary of SABIC (Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation), made the decision to include in the weeks programme a workshop by renowned consultants, Reliable Manufacturing.
The workshop, titled ‘The Manufacturing Game’, aims to increase team learning and enhance cross-departmental communications and decision making. The Game involves simulations of real world experiences to recreate the challenges that face organisations in improving reliability, customer responsiveness, production output and safety.
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Hadeed’s Reliability Manager, Hasan M. Al-Abandi, commented:
“The Manufacturing Game is a great way to instantly engage staff in the change-process and let discover new ways to communicate and engage with each other. Staff began immediately applying the skills they learnt in the Game to real life issues within the organisation; we have already begun to see a cultural shift in attitudes towards safety and reliability.”
The 30 members of senior and middle-management staff involved in the workshop were able to simulate the experience of a five-year journey to world class performance over two days.
Reliable Manufacturing’s involvement hasn’t ended after just one workshop, with the creation of an entire programme tailored to the individual needs of Hadeed. With Hadeed’s workforce numbering almost 2,800, future workshops will hope to engage more staff, as well as continuing to promote improvements in safety and reliability through the identification and elimination of plant defects and waste.
Established over thirty years ago, Hadeed is part of the largest and most profitable non-oil company in the Middle East, SABIC. It manufacturers a range of products, including rebar, wire and hot-rolled strip, and has an annual capacity of over five million tonnes.