On my way to the canteen, I took a short cut through the peeling section, where the oldest machine in the mill was being repaired during a maintenance shift. The machine, a conveyor that distributes logs onto different peeling lines, is apparently original, i.e. it has been in use since 1966. It is also probably the oldest machine still in use in the entire company.
I wonder if, back in 1966, people had any idea that the conveyor would still be used 50 years later. With nearly two million cubic metres of Koskisen plywood manufactured, I decided to find out the volume of logs that have been whisked along on the conveyor belt. As Kauno Leppäkallio predicted in the 1990s, we hit the million-cubic-metre mark for plywood in 2001, which was 35 years after the plywood mill was commissioned. Next year’s budget for the plywood mill remains 3,000 m3 shy of two million cubic metres. So, would a suitable challenge for our plywood and wood supply be to hit the two-million mark next year? It takes more than three cubic metres of logs to make one cubic metre of finished plywood. That means that the old conveyor has already moved more than five million cubic metres of wood!
Plywood and blockboard production at Koskisen:
The results of Koskisen’s occupational well-being survey came in at the beginning of December. The results generally indicate that our work community is slightly better than the average. That doesn’t mean that we’re at the top, but in terms of the average in the industry, we can be pleased with our results. Within the Group, however, there are differences between departments, personnel groups and even age groups.
I would like to thank everyone who took part, as well as our insurance company LähiTapiola for our good collaboration in realising the survey. We are continuing our efforts to make our work community even better, which, in turn, will also enhance our ability to produce quality for our customers. A particularly pleasing fact revealed by the survey is the positive results among those who work closely with customers, both at the sales offices and in forest matters.
Supervisors have special responsibility for developing the work community, but each one of us can act in a constructive way in our encounters with colleagues. We also hope that our company values promote good operating practices: We want to build confidence in the long term, both in the work community and with our stakeholders; we have the courage to intervene when problems arise; we are capable of creating new and better operating practices; and our operations bring results.
The past year has been, for the most part, positive, not least due to the slowly recovering market situation. Although by most indicators the development has been positive, Finland’s economic policy situation remains unsettling, and an upswing in domestic consumer trade is yet to come. At this point, I would like to express my thanks to everyone for the fine progress we have made this year, and I would also like to thank our stakeholders for all of their support even during challenging years – we hope that we continue to earn your trust for many years to come.
The work community in the peeling section had very good results in the occupational well-being survey. Respect and competence are in good order, colleagues help one another, and the work of supervisors was at a high level. Thank you.