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Highlights of 22/2010
           

Created: 10/25/2010
Author: Recorded by: Andy BILLINGHAM
Category: 22/2010



Q1 award for USSK from Ford Motor Company

Ford notified U. S. Steel Kosice this week that we have been awarded Q1 status for 2011. The Ford Q1 program is a set of fundamental quality and manufacturing disciplines that are used to ensure success and drive continuous improvement through Ford's supply base. To become a strategic partner with Ford the Q1 designation is mandatory. In 2002 we began shipping CR product to Ford's locations in Belgium, UK, and Germany. We increased our participation further when we began shipping from our new hot dip galvanizing line in 2007, which is when we began the certification process. This designation should help USS further strengthen it's participation into Ford's facilities across Europe.
Congratulations to the entire Sales, Customer Technical Service, and Quality organizations that participated in this effort. It is truly the culmination of many years of effort and a step in the right direction as U.S. Steel Europe implements its value added strategy. Obtaining the Q1 status will allow U. S. Steel Europe to fly the Q1 flag as a sign that our facility is world class and gives us a preferred status with Ford enabling us to be considered for new product development and future sourcing.

ERP project goes corporation-wide

The last days have seen the introductory meeting at U. S. Steel Kosice starting off a series of workshops on the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project which is intended to simplify, standardize and centralize the processes of the U. S. Steel Corporation in North America, Serbia and Slovakia. The company management representatives and managers of individual specialist sections discussed the sequence of actions required for the successful implementation of this project in practice.

Corporate occupational safety audit

The results of a five-day corporate occupational safety audit (17. - 22. 10. 2010) carried out by a six-strong team of auditors from the USA were presented to members of the top management and division and plant managers at the Kosice steelworks by the chief auditor and specialist for occupational safety and health protection from U. S. Steel Corporation headquarters in Pittsburgh, William A. Smith last Friday, October 22nd. As he mentioned in his closing assessment, the auditors were greatly impressed by the clean and tidy state of workplaces at USSK. In his opinion, in this respect our company is almost the best in the Corporation. The audit, according to William Smith, did not reveal any serious shortcomings. Its findings have the character of recommendations for the operations of USSK and its subsidiary companies with the aim of improving their occupational safety and health protection system.

Kosice Invest 2010

More than two hundred participants accepted the invitation to the international investment conference called Kosice Invest 2010, organized on Tuesday of last week, October 19th, by the City of Kosice and the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic. The principal aim of this event, which was also sponsored by U. S. Steel Kosice, was to present to potential investors the investment opportunities on offer in the city and the surrounding region. The organizers focused the second edition of this annual conference on the area of investments with higher added value, specifically information and communication technologies and the potential for investment in science, research and innovation, and on the area of transport, parking and logistics.

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