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GGB offers me the opportunity to develop what I think is the best for the company and for myself thanks to EnPro’s “Dual Bottom Line” initiative to develop the potential of their people and their global enterprise performance.”
A mechanical engineer and a production specialist, Laurent has been production manager for the GGB Annecy site in France since 2012.
How did you begin your career in the bearing industry?
I arrived at GGB one year ago after having worked for a few different companies in automotive activities, including some sub-contractors for the automotive market. I am a mechanical engineer and a production specialist and I have a lot of experience in production. Working at GGB offers me the opportunity to develop what I think is the best for the company and for myself thanks to EnPro’s “Dual Bottom Line” initiative to develop the potential of their people and their global enterprise performance.
What are the main responsibilities in your role?
My main activity is to manage the whole team and to improve the workshops. The bearing is a mechanical part, so at the request of the customer, my job is to produce a good quality product, with improved productivity, delivered on time. My target is to do this while operating from a very safe workplace in the production area.
Are you also aiming to improve production safety?
Yes, safety first and also quality, deadlines, and of course, the knowledge and training of each operator. I currently organize the training of 120 operators.
Why is operator training so important?
We can’t learn this activity in school, so we have experts who provide training. The operators are responsible for setting up the machines and they need to have a good understanding of not only the machines but of the product they are manufacturing in order to be efficient.
What changes have been made to improve production?
We changed our ERP system on the 1st of January 2013. It was a great experience, very interesting and exciting because we had to train all the operators to use a new tool and it’s a very different system for them. We now have all the Information on the production process in real-time. It’s a really precise tool and we have better, more accurate information. Communication with our customers has improved and is more efficient.