Founded in 1953 Mieres Tubos was part of the Arcelor Group until 2004, when it was integrated into Condesa, a group of Basque origin. The company is one of 12 manufacturing companies in Europe and specialises in the production of steel pipes and various items of equipment and road safety systems.
Currently, and after partnering with Arcelor-Mittal, the 130 staff Mieres business has mainly focused on steel pipes and various elements of equipment and road safety systems. In addition, the company is now doing research in the field in order to find new security systems to improve protection for road users.
Expense Reduction Analysts, led by Luis Miguel Jauregui, Project Manager, investigated the cost categories of security and surveillance, cleaning, transport and energy; thanks to a rigorous approach based on the analysis and comprehension of Mieres Tubos’ actual requirements for each category, significant savings were found.
The successful work of Miquel Viure, expert in security services, can be highlighted both in terms of results and in terms of the process of study and implementation of options.
The starting point was a security service 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for the Mieres Tubos premises, based on security staff. In a first analytic phase of the functions developed for the security staff, two distinct function blocks were identified:
The main conclusion, in view of these results, was that the security staff did not exert these functions and that they were allocated to over-qualified people, with consequent over-costs, tasks that could be done by more adequate professionals.
Those tasks of reception, greeting visitors and answering the telephone done in daytime, Monday to Friday, were contracted to a specialised employment centre. The solution was found thanks to the special interest Mieres Tubos has for the employment of people with physical disabilities, allowing the contracting of workers perfectly trained for the tasks required.
The monitoring and control requirements needed at night and 24 hours a day on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays were met thanks to a video surveillance linked to a Central Alarm Systems, and to maintenance assistants who were in charge of the control and supervision of the operation of equipment and machinery.
The options that were implemented not only enabled important savings but also included process optimisation and quality improvement in the performance of the tasks. The entire process of analysis, of search and implementation of options would not have been done without the full involvement and mindset of the client who was, at any time, able to review and question what was being done so far.
"We have learned a lot from the thorough and detailed work carried out by Expense Reduction Analysts to find saving potentials."
Félix González, Managing Director, Mieres Tubos