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26/09/2011 /  International standards have been implemented at UAB Juodeliai: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001

At the beginning of 2011, UAB Juodeliai began the implementation of an integrated management system. On September 19, the company was certified to be in compliance with three international standards: ISO 9001:2008 — the quality management system standard; ISO 14001:2004 — the environmental-protection management system standard; and OHSAS 18001:2007 — the management system standard of occupational safety and health of employees. The office ‘Veritas’ evaluated the UAB Juodeliai management system, and acknowledged the compliance with the requirements of the management system standards.

UAB Juodeliai has always, regardless of the implementation of the international standards, maintained its obligations to meet customer needs and expectations, to fully comply with the obligations to be assumed, and to provide the products that meet the agreed requirements. One of the values of the company is the maintenance of the world’s forest-management that is environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable. Furthermore, the company undertakes responsibility for its impact on the environment, and ensures to continuously improve its activities in order to avoid environmental pollution.

UAB Juodeliai is committed always: to ensuring workplace safety, and to applying in a timely manner the pro-active measures that guarantee the prevention of occupational illnesses and injuries. Moreover, the company obligates itself: to the continuous development of employee competence, and to raise employee awareness; as well as to encourage employee involvement in the company’s activities for improving the quality, environmental protection, and occupational safety and health of its employees.

UAB Juodeliai has been systematically analyzing the results of its activities, and improving the work within the company; and, simultaneously improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the integrated management system. The implemented standards obligate the company to set new annual objectives and tasks; thus, to aim at a continuous improvement and maintenance of the standards’ relevance.

18/08/2011 /  Prospects for Pallet element Production for Autumn 2011

Pallet element production and sales planning are affected annually by Western European pallet manufacturers (for example, PAL and CP). From the first week of August, and into September, is the time when the majority of suppliers are decreasing their production, due to the vacations season and facilities renovations. Such factors are the main causes for the increase in inventory and the decline in demand. Additional factors that drew the attention of all producers were the results of the decline in financial indicators and in the credit rating of the USA. However, a continuous market analysis and close links with major partners allow us to relax even in the presence of these pressing issues. Foreign partners are informing that the recent “financial undulations“ do not directly influence their companies.

Major pallet-manufacturers are trying to maintain slightly reduced, but stable, production volumes. A continuous optimization of the production planning, as well as communication with clients, allow UAB Juodeliai to provide the continuation of the production supply without reducing the production/sales volumes. Active efforts with current potential customers are now providing optimistic hopes for the autumn 2011 trade perspective. Although the summer vacations season has not ended, there is an increase in production orders for the autumn – not only from regular customers, but also from potential new pallet element buyers.

A positive mood could also be created by the current news from the Far East. The market received the news about agreements between the EU and the People’s Republic of China, regarding the simplification of the international standard of phytosanitary measure labelling by ISPM-15 (“Instructions for Wood Packaging Material in International Trade”).

12/07/2011 /  The results of the company’s activities for the first-half of 2011

The first-half of 2011 was successful for UAB “Juodeliai“. Compared with the first-half of 2010, the production increased by 37%. After the upgrading of the production facilities, and the optimising the production process, the company has maintained the top position in the Baltic States among the manufacturers of wooden pallet-blocks. The continuous training of workers, the improvement of business-process management, and the optimization of the production capacity, all enable usage of 100% of the production capacity. The company’s two (2) sawmills are working three (3) shifts daily, and are producing up to 7,000 cubic meters of sawed timber per month. A high-quality timber pallet has been approved by a list of long-standing customers, as well as a growing range of interested new customers. During the first-half of the year, there was a significant increase in the number of active customers: exceeding sixty (60) new customers. The main outlets for the production continue to be Germany (46%), Belgium (18%), and Holland (16%).

A continuous market-analysis, consistent work in the fields of marketing and sales, and also an on-going optimization of the production, enable us to expect potentially better activity results in the second-half of the year.

10/12/2010 /  Suddenly Chilled Weather has Slowed the Work of Sawmills in Eastern Europe

At the beginning of December, the temperature dropped below -20 °C in some areas of Eastern Europe. Due to sharp and sudden temperature drop, outer layers of wood were turned into ice, and frozen logs became much more difficult to process. The production slowdown adjusted production plans of wood processing companies. The planned production volumes for December in most Eastern European sawmills had to be recalculated. Depending on the technological specifics of wood processing companies, production capacity dropped from 10% to 30%.

The sudden temperature change is noticed to have a strong impact on the production volume in cutting a small-diameter raw material. UAB Juodeliai mainly uses small sawn logs for its production, i.e. for wooden pallet blanks; thus, compared to November 2010, the production capacity has reduced by 25%.

Eastern European manufacturers of wooden pallet blanks meet a significant part of the Western European market demand. Therefore, the reduced production volumes, caused by low temperature, resulted in the shortage of pallet blanks in Western Europe.

21/09/2010 /  The trends in sawnwood production in the Baltic states

According to Eurostat data of 10 September 2010, the production of sawnwood in the Baltic states in 2009 totalled 4.66 mln cubic meters, and it included pallet blanks (pallet boards, wooden boards).

The analysis of the period of 1998–2009 indicates that in the Baltic states the amount of sawnwood output decreased by 10,42 % over the given period (see the line graph), wheras in 27 EU member states the produce of sawnwood reported an upwards trend of 10 %.

Sawnwood: Pallet blanks, Wooden Boards, Wooden Beams

Line graph. Total sawnwood production (1 000 m³).

The comparison of the statistics of 2008 and 2009 demonstrates that in the Baltic states the sawnwood output reduced by 2,37 % , while the whole Lithuanian sawnwood production fell by 8,85 % and the volume of UAB Juodeliai production grew by 19,11 %.

In 2009, the share of UAB Juodeliai output amounted 4,49 % of the overall sawnwood production in Lithuania.