29/05/2019 /  UAB Juodeliai to launch LEAN management system implementation project

On 13 April 2019 the team of wood processing company UAB Juodeliai took an important step: they participated in a LEAN introductory training and initiated a two-year project for the implementation of the LEAN management system. The training was attended by 40 company employees of the senior and middle management and administration staff. Later stages of the project are expected to include a maximum number of production level employees.

The two-year project shall be implemented in stages. During each stage the employees shall be trained on different Lean methods and tools: 5S, Kaizen, PDCA, Standardized work, SMED, TPM, Kanban, Hoshin Kanri and other tools and methods to be introduced into the company’s daily activities. Since incidental application of these methods often bears no tangible results, they must be applied in a systemic and consistent manner.

During the project implementation UAB Juodeliai is to cooperate with the largest Lean-implementing company in Lithuania (Honsha partner). This company successfully aided such companies as UAB Girteka Logistics, UAB Vičiūnų Grupė, UAB Vilniaus duona and many others.

We believe that upon the completion of this project the company shall have an internal improvement culture based on reduced utilisation of resources, and elimination or reduction of processes that generate no value to the client or the company, which in turn will create greater value to the client and increase the company’s competitive advantage.

09/05/2019 /  UAB Juodeliai team participated in the National Forest Planting

On 17 April this year, the employees of the wood processing company UAB Juodeliai and their family members participated in the national forest planting event held in the State Forest Enterprise, Regional Division of Kazlų Rūda – National Forest Planting 2019.

National Forest Planting is a forest planting celebration that has been jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment and the State Forest Enterprise for several years in a row. The event is intended for promoting collective efforts of the public and foresters to preserve the forest and to safeguard the legacy for future generations.

25 employees and their family members joined the initiative. Even the smallest ones, children of the company employees, contributed to the cause. Forester Mr. Kazakevičius revealed the secrets of tree planting and supervised the entire planting process. 1 000 spruce seedlings were prepared, but the company employees exceeded the expectations by planting 1 700 seedlings. A commemorative plaque for UAB Juodeliai was built in the forested area, and the tired but happy UAB Juodeliai team who contributed to the noble goal of reforestation and nature conservation took a picture next to it.

19/04/2019 /  Investors’ Forum Association recognised UAB Juodeliai as the investor of 2018

Investors’ Forum, the association uniting the most active and major investors into Lithuanian economy, for the eighth year in a row awards companies, national institutions and representatives of education and media who had greatly contributed to the improvement of an investment climate.

Nominations were available for traditional awards including investor of the year, responsible company, business environment solution of the year, civil servant of the year, business journalist of the year and economic teacher of the year.

The winners were announced on 12 April during a formal ceremony attended by business, politics, education and media leaders. Wood processing company UAB Juodeliai was recognised and awarded as the investor of 2018.

The company was presented as an inspiring example of a Lithuanian production company which, with the help of consistent investment, managed to become one of the most innovative and successful wood industry companies in Europe and which invests into and creates jobs in the major and other Lithuanian cities – a prerequisite for closing regional gap and promoting country-wide economy growth.

UAB Juodeliai earned the Investors’ Forum’s recognition for leadership and investments into production development, namely, for its determination to build a world-class packing elements plant. The total plant project investment shall add up to 40 million EUR. The new development is estimated to create around 100 workplaces. Upon the implementation of the investment project in 2020 UAB Juodeliai opts to become the second largest pallet elements manufacturer in Europe and to increase its turnover to over 110 million EUR.

28/03/2019 /  UAB Juodeliai among 226 exhibitors at Dubai Wood Show 2019

UAB Juodeliai continues good practice as this year it once again successfully participated in Dubai Wood Show 2019 held on 12-14 March in Dubai (UAE). This year, the show brought together 226 companies from 37 countries worldwide and over 12,000 visitors from 95 countries.

Dubai Wood Show is an annual, specialized wood industry show bringing together professionals from around the world. It has become the most important B2B (business-to-business) meeting place for the wood industry: from woodworking machines to ready-to-use materials. Since its debut in 2006, the show has grown into one of the largest events of wood industry in the Middle East, offering real business development opportunities on a global scale.

UAB Juodeliai participated in the show with its exclusive, attention-getting exhibition stand. Over 120 manufacturers and traders from a variety of countries – Saudi Arabia, Japan, India, the Sultanate of Oman, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Singapore, Iraq, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel – stopped by for an informal meeting with the representatives of the company.

18/03/2019 /  UAB Juodeliai invests 40 million EUR in the new plant

Having increased its sales by 26% and multiplied its profits by several times over in 2018, wood processing company UAB Juodeliai launched the construction of the world-class packing elements plant with capacities twice as high as those of the currently operating company.

The new packing elements plant is to be built in Marijampolė, on a 20-ha parcel of land next to the Marijampolė Free Trade Zone. The total project investment shall add up to 40 million EUR. The new plant is to create around 100 workplaces. Currently the company employs over 400 people.

All new plant processes shall be automated and standardized to the maximum level in order to balance manufacturing speed and flexibility. The plant shall be equipped with a cutting line that has no known analogue in the world to date. This line is produced by German company Linck Holzverarbeitungstechnik GmbH with 200 years of experience. This unique product is developed by joint efforts combining UAB Juodeliai experience and German technical know-how. The line shall be integrated with technological solutions that will be available to the general market only after the implementation of our project is complete.

The project is funded by our long-time partner: bank Šiaulių bankas. This partnership remained strong through thick and thin. We are happy having such a partner who strives with us for long-term benefit and allows us to grow and achieve ambitious goals.

The manufacturing building of the plant is to be completed by the end of this year. The cutting of the first log in the new plant is expected to take place in September 2020. Upon the implementation of the investment project the company opts to become the second largest pallet elements manufacturer in Europe. UAB Juodeliai turnover is expected to increase to 110 million EUR.