True Believer

Agnieszka Koziara’s goal is to create conditions that allow teams to play to win, rather than playing not to lose. Fifteen years ago Agnieszka Koziara began her career as an executive assistant. Her direct supervisor was from Sweden. "As a Pole it…

Can safety be measured?

Better Ways to Measure Safety Days Without Accidents posters may be common in industry, but counting accident-free days does little if anything to prevent accidents. "Traditional manufacturing safety programs deal with negative information, says…

Citius, Altius, Fortius!

What sports and business have in common and how they’re applied at Fortaco. By Heidi Lehtonen, Fortaco Quality Health Safety & Environment Manager From sports to the factory floor I’ve been involved in sports all my life. From the beginning, I have…

Top Down Safety to Change Daily Habits

If the CEO doesn’t make safety a priority, nobody else will, either. If you don’t believe Lars Hellberg cares, ask him to show you his thumb.   Anyone who watches “The Simpsons” knows that Charles Montgomery "Monty" Burns, owner of the…

Devil’s Advocate

Joanna Lesicka is Fortaco’s Group Controller. If she challenges you, it’s just part of her job. Winter is coming. Well, eventually. Although an economic downturn hasn’t yet arrived, it’s Joanna Lesicka’s job to be ready for it. As Fortaco’s Group…

The Disciple of Data

Change has been the one constant in the job of Veera Gordijevski, Fortaco Estonia’s production director. Over the last two years the factory has added 200 workers, several welding robots and CNC machines, and introduced tens of new products. Coping…

‘How strong you are inside’

Larissa Shabunova, Managing Director of Fortaco Estonia, talks frankly about industry- and personal challenges. "Fantastic growth" is how Larissa Shabunova characterizes today's business situation in the off-highway industry. It’s not only overall…

The Economics of Safety

India has always been a source of vast wealth. In the 18th century, before India's deindustrialization at the hands of the British Raj, it held over 24 percent of the world's wealth. Today, India ranks second worldwide in farm outputs. Agriculture…

Not Ready for Robots (in High-Stress Structures)

Robots may soon dominate the service industry. But heavy industry still requires welding skills only humans possess. “Robots weld. They don’t think.” Wärtsilä Inspection Manager Raimo Mäki-Reini succinctly delivers his verdict when asked how quickly…