In a recent discussion, Metal-Interface had the opportunity to sit down with Iveta Pastorkova from MALINA -Safety s.r.o. As a one of the people “in field” in her organization, Iveta provided insights into the current challenges and developments in the broader manufacturing sector, with a focus on the sheet metal industry.
Broad Challenges in Manufacturing
While MALINA -Safety s.r.odoesn't solely cater to the sheet metal sector, Ivetta was quick to emphasize that many of the challenges faced are common across most industrial activities. The issues aren't limited to any specific domain, but rather are reflective of the broader manufacturing landscape. As she pointed out, "The challenges are general for the whole market or for most of the manufacturers."
The Need for Technical Advancement
One of the pressing challenges Ivetta highlighted is the rapid evolution of technology and the need for companies to stay updated. In a world that's constantly moving forward, staying stagnant isn't an option. Without technical advancements, companies risk becoming obsolete, losing out on efficiency, or failing to meet the evolving needs of their customers.
Skilled Workforce: A Crucial Asset
Another significant challenge facing the industry is the availability of a skilled workforce. As Ivetta mentioned, "There is a lack of a skilled workforce." For a company like MALINA -Safety s.r.o, which emphasizes personal respiratory protections, finding the right talent is crucial. It's not just about having people to work; it's about having the right people with the right skills. The scarcity of such skilled professionals is a concern that resonates across the industry.
Tackling the Skill Gap
The skill gap is not a challenge that can be ignored. Companies need to be proactive in their approach to find, train, and retain talent. While automation and technology can fill some of the gaps, there's no replacement for a well-trained, skilled human workforce. MALINA -Safety s.r.o, like many others, feels the pinch when it comes to sourcing the right talent. Ivetta candidly shared, "It's hard to source the right skilled people." Addressing this challenge requires a multifaceted approach, including partnerships with educational institutions, internal training programs, and potentially, a re-evaluation of hiring strategies.
We see lack of interest of young people to work in heavy industry. When we visit customers, we frequently meet workers 50+ working in foundries, welding, metal processing companies, shipbuilding and similar. This is quite a concern we see these days. The task of our company is to provide such workers first class respiratory protection system to ensure their health and optimal work performance.
The insights from Ivetta of MALINA-Safety provide a glimpse into the complex world of manufacturing, especially within the sheet metal industry. From technical advancements to the pressing need for skilled professionals, the challenges are numerous. However, with these challenges come opportunities for growth, innovation, and improvement. As the industry continues to evolve, companies like MALINA-Safety will be at the forefront, navigating the changing tides and ensuring safety and efficiency remain at the core of their operations.
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Challenges and Innovations in the Sheet Metal Industry: An Exclusive Interview with Iveta Pastorkova of MALINA-Safety s.r.o.Published on 10/11/23