High productivity is a factor in WACKER’s success. WACKER boosts productivity along the entire supply chain via its Wacker Operating System (WOS) program. Our goal is to continue to reduce specific operating costs every year. WOS results are regularly reported to the Executive Board. Within our operating activities and corporate departments, we worked through over 1,400 projects in 2019 and 2020. The focus of WOS was on improving the following:
- Plant utilization levels
- Specific energy consumption
- Raw-material yields
- Labor productivity
- Specific maintenance costs
In 2020, labor productivity improved by 4 percent across all WACKER plants (2019: -1 percent). Specific operating costs fell by 8 percent (2019: +1 percent), while specific technical spending dropped by 9 percent (2019: +5 percent). Specific energy consumption within operations fell by more than 5 percent in 2020 (2019: 2.5 percent). In the period under review, the WOS measures implemented made a business value contribution of some €190 million.
During the two-year reporting period, the WOS ACADEMY held courses at which over 120 employees were trained in productivity methods such as Six Sigma and LEAN.