Kazakh Mechanical Engineer Takes Advantage of German Know-how

“Germany is a global leader in mechanical engineering and metalworking. I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to visit German companies, gain new information and perhaps receive answers to my most urgent questions”, says Kuandyk Nurpeissov. The participation in the Manager Training Programme opened the Kazakh businessman’s eyes to more efficient management of production and personnel.

Temirtau. Kuandyk Nurpeissov’s mechanical engineering company Inkar-1 manufactures machinery and tools for metalworking and produces highly specific accessories and spare parts for the mining industry and the energy supply sector. In Germany, the Kazakh manager visited five companies from his industry and was surprised at how openly the employees talked about production processes. “I was particularly impressed by the three-hundred-year history of Doerrenberg Edelstahl GmbH. This company’s strategic development and plans for the future have motivated me to take a focused look at the future of my own company. I would like to bring the working conditions, technical equipment and the infrastructure into line with German standards”, Nurpeissov says.

At Klaus Kuhn Edelstahlgießerei GmbH in Radevormwald, the mechanical engineer from Temirtau in eastern Kazakhstan not only became acquainted with the innovative technology for the heat treatment of metals which makes tools and accessories much more durable; he also found the answer to a difficult question here, namely how to evaluate the efficiency of individual employees’ work. Now all plant workers at Inkar-1 are recorded electronically according to their performance and the quality of their work and then classified in different coloured sectors. The colour is decisive for the individual bonus at the end of the month. Nurpeissov says that this easily understandable and transparent system has been well received by the employees and has increased motivation. “Naturally, every company’s main objective is to make a profit; however, I also want to provide the best working conditions and good career opportunities for my employees.”

At Diesing Walzwerketechnik GmbH in Engelskirchen near Cologne, the Kazakh manager learnt how the production processes are controlled. How does one calculate the material used and what is the most efficient method of capturing the finished products? The implementation of the measures experienced in Germany improved the quality of production, shortened the time between customer enquiries and the preparation of quotations and also attracted more new customers. Today, Inkar-1 is among the preferred spare parts suppliers of ArcelorMittal Temirtau AG, one of the largest metallurgical groups in Kazakhstan. Nurpeissov has also concluded supply contracts with two other groups: Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and Kazakhmys PLC. Inkar-1 already had an increase in turnover of 70 percent and provided 15 new jobs in 2012, the year in which Nurpeissov participated in the training programme.

Word of Nurpeissov’s success with restructuring soon spread, and the company MetallurgRemont approached the MP alumnus with an offer for him to modernise their own processes; the result was a new company, KazaArmatura, which specialises in high-pressure shut-off valves. The range of machinery was expanded under Nurpeissov’s management – the company ordered a milling machine and two computer-controlled machine tools (CNC machines) from the German firm Deckel Maho. German colleagues whom the Kazakh manager had got to know during his training helped him with the choice of equipment. On the occasion of the tenth MP anniversary celebrations in Kazakhstan in 2014, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) awarded this project the first prize for the best cooperation project (see Journal 2/2014). The direct link to the training in Germany, a significant benefit for the Kazakh company, the high standard set for the implementation and naturally also the genuine cooperation with German companies convinced the jury. The German and Kazakh members of the bilateral Intergovernmental Working Group on Business and Trade travelled to Temirtau on 10 June 2015 to see the impressive results with their own eyes.