Press release: Workforce Conference of the TATNEFT’s Tyre Manufacturing Complex Was Held

A labor team conference of the TATNEFT Company’s tyre manufacturing complex enterprises was held, which summarized the results of the production activities and the fulfillment of collective agreements in 2018 and also outlined the tasks for 2019.

The conference was attended by Nail Maganov, General Director of TATNEFT Company, Ildar Mingaleyev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan, Elvira Dolotkazina, Deputy Head of the Nizhnekamsk Municipal District, Gumar Yarullin, Chairman of the Trade Union Committee of TATNEFT, and Gyuzel Khabutdinova, Acting Director of OOO "Tatneft-Neftekhim" Management Company (OOO "MC Tatneft-Neftekhim").

A report on the outcome of the Tyre Manufacturing Business Operations in 2018 was presented by Alexei Sorokozherdyev, First Deputy Director of OOO "UK Tatneft-Neftekhim" for production and sales. The company sold 13.6 million tyres in 2018. The production of carbon black amounted to 134 thousand tonnes in 2018. 

The conscious efforts were carried out to expand the model range of tyres, improve product quality, apply lean manufacturing methods, manufacture competitive products based on application of advanced scientific ideas and technologies, and optimize the use of resources. In the reporting year, there were 14 new passenger and light truck tyres, 8 SSC tyres launched in serial production. The tyre manufacturing complex of PJSC TATNEFT had become the first domestic manufacturer of KAMA PRO NU 404, which was a new generation of SSC tyres with adjustable pressure. A new line of KAMA 365 tyres usable with an extended range of ambient temperatures had also been introduced to the market.

Inter alia, the main objectives of 2019 include the implementation of the planned production and sales of products and services indicators; ensuring the quality of products that would meet the requirements of consumers; improving the efficiency of the production and sales processes; preservation of social guarantees for workers of the tyre manufacturing complex enterprises and their families.

The report on the implementation results of the enterprises’ collective agreements for 2018 and the changes made to the draft contracts of 2019 was presented by Mikhail Kuznetsov, Trade Union Committee Chairman of OOO Tatneft-Neftekhim Management Company. He pointed out that all the obligations embodied in the Collective Agreements of the tyre manufacturing complex enterprises had been fully implemented. 

The trade union committee carried out activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases, improve living conditions, improve the health of the teams’ members, carry out mass cultural and sports activities, etc.

The operation results of JSC "Nizhnekamsk Mechanical Factory" for 2018 were summed up by Ildar Gizdatullin, Executive Director of the enterprise. The main tools to reduce costs were an effectively implemented program to increase labor productivity; transition from the procurement of spare parts, especially imported ones, to their fabrication or reconditioning using the enterprise own resources and at the company’s own expense; analysis of the equipment operation by the automated maintenance and repair management system based on the 1:C program; new training system for factory workers. The efficiency of work today is not assessed by the number of repair works carried out, but by providing the necessary equipment while effectively managing its cost.

Ilyas Gainutdinov, Head of the Process Optimization Department of OOO Tatneft-Neftekhim Management Company, mentioned in his report that since March 2018 the tyre manufacturing complex enterprises had been united under the KAMA TYRES common corporate brand. The company had proved the conformity of the quality management system of the tyre manufacturing complex to world standards in all areas: environmental management, as well as the quality management for the automotive industry. The TATNEFT tyre manufacturing complex was the first in Russia among petrochemical and tyre manufacturing industry enterprises to receive a certificate of compliance for occupational and industrial safety management.

Ilyas Gainutdinov also pointed out that 2018 witnessed the completion of large-scale investment projects aimed at improving the efficiency and the technological effectiveness. A preparatory workshop was modernized at the factory for the production of passenger and light-duty tyres to produce rubber compounds for the Viatti tyres manufacturing. A site for the manufacture of special tyres with a yielding capacity of 25 thousand tyres per year was organized at the Nizhnekamsk SSC tyre factory.

Elvira Dolotkazina, Deputy Head of the Nizhnekamsk Municipal District, emphasized the Company's major contribution to the social and economic development of the city and the district, and to the associated social programs.

Nail Maganov, General Director of TATNEFT Company, familiarized, taken all round, the conference delegates with the results of the TATNEFT Group activities and outlined the prospects for the development of the tyre manufacturing industry. He mentioned in his report that the Company's present day, as well as the Company’s future and its technological leadership largely depended on the active digital transformation of the entire production system. As part of the Strategy-2030, the plans provide for increasing the production and sale of tyres and occupying a quarter of the Russian market. To this end, there are actively implemented today projects aimed at modernizing and improving the energy efficiency of production, as well as improving the quality of products yielded

Particular attention was paid to the activities of TATNEFT as a socially responsible company that supports healthcare, education, culture and sports in the territories of the Company’s production activities. The Company spent more than RUB 7 billion on social programs in 2018. TATNEFT Company will continue the improvement of the Nizhnekamsk city, housing construction and the development of social infrastructure.

General Director of TATNEFT thanked the Company's tyre manufactures for their creative work, responsible attitude and significant contribution to strengthening the competitiveness of the entire TATNEFT Group.

Ildar Mingaleyev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan mentioned in his speech the main socio-economic indicators of the Republic’s development, important events that occurred in the petrochemical sector of the Tatarstan’s economy in 2018, and announced promising industrial projects for the creation of new production facilities.

Gyuzel Khabutdinova, Acting. Director of OOO Tatneft-Neftekhim Management Company, extended gratitude to the Management of TATNEFT Company for their continuous support in the implementation of investment projects, social programs and solving production problems of the tyre manufacturing enterprises. She also thanked the enterprises’ workforce teams for the work done.

Awarding of employees of the KAMA TYRES tyre manufacturing complex of enterprises by the results of work in 2018 took place within the framework of the conference.

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