Continuous improvement; play the game

Continuous improvement; play the game

Recently, Gwynt was awarded a contract to assist Borealis’ Continuous Improvement managers and facilitators. Gwynt subcontracted De Processpecialisten for their specific expertise on continuous improvement and process simulation. Gwynt and De Processpecialisten are proud to be working with Borealis.


Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. This year, Borealis already celebrates its 20th anniversary. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,400 and operates in over 120 countries. It generated EUR 8.1 billion in sales revenue in 2013. The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% owned by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).


The project is a challenging avenue because the key to reducing costs is to standardize the business processes. However, no plant is alike in terms of technical design, assets, collective agreements or cultures. Yet, there is only one approach aimed at fit, fast and flexible solutions, characterized by Working Smarter, Empowerment and Engagement.


To support this approach we developed the Borex Game (Borealis Excellence). It learns the teams the essence of working smarter by providing them insight on how to improve processes in a very engaging and inclusive way. The game can be used to create awareness or to provide knowledge of the key items of improvement.


One of the projects is located in Porvoo, Finland. The plant is situated at the sea and surrounded by impressive woods and numerous lakes. Together with the Operations Planning team we started a pilot to improve the production planning process. The challenge is to align efficient production (make to stock) with a highly flexible demand (make to order) and to define a best practice of a fit, fast and flexible process that later will be implemented at other Borealis sites. This team started their Kaizen event with the Borex game and we had great fun. The team felt invited to take ownership of their challenging goals; a transition from make to stock to make to order, requiring high levels of flexibility from production and supply chain, whilst not reducing efficiency.


Recently, the Management Team of Polyolefin Supply Chain in Vienna played the Borex game as well. Josef Huebner, the Program Manager says: ‘it was a real eye opener to all of us with a lot of fun as well’.


Finally, it was fully supported by the management team to use the game wherever possible and to the full extend.


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