The meeting of representatives of the Flex factory in Tczew and the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster (BSSC) took place on November 25 this year. Representatives of the company and the cluster informed about the potential of both organizations. Flex is an inventive, manufacturing, innovative company and a university of technology in one. Flex is an excellent example of comprehensive implementation of technical, management, process and marketing innovations.
The purpose of this event was promotion of innovative products and solutions in Flex production and logistics, charging devices for electric cars and production of energy storage facilities, and presentation of the activities of the Baltic Maritime and Space Cluster. The program also included a tour of this factory, a presentation of the employee education system, robotization and production automation systems, digitized product and production control systems and the use of knowledge workers in the implementation of innovations.
Flex has been awarded for its achievements in Poland and abroad. Flex won the latest two awards just before the visit of representatives of the Baltic Maritime and Space Cluster. One of the awards is the “Orzeł Pomorski” statuette, which Flex was honored with by Wydawnictwo Prasowe Edytor. An important award is the AME Excellence Award. This award is given to North American manufacturing organizations that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business operations.
Flex company has twice received the “Fair to Women” award for employing a large number of women and the atmosphere created by Flex for this group of employees. The board of Flex in Tczew has the highest ratio of women in the group of Flex factories. The activities of the FLEX company and the projects implemented by the Baltic Maritime and Space Cluster were discussed by, among others: Stanisław Motylski – general director of the FLEX company, member of the Economic Convention at the Association of Universities in Gdańsk Daniel Fahrenheit (FarU); prof. Marek Grzybowski – president of BALTIC SEA & SPACE CLUSTER, coordinator of the Baltic Sea Publicists Club, editor, publicist; Weronika Piela-Janków – senior manager for continuous improvement at FLEX, Maciej Filarecki – IT director at FLEX, social chairman of the Interizon Cluster Council; Arkadiusz Krzyżanowski – engineering director at FLEX. Krzysztof Anzelewicz – a graduate of Electronics, vice-president of the board of the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster, dr Michał Igielski – responsible for projects in the Baltic Maritime and Space Cluster, researcher at the Maritime University of Gdynia; Barbara Matysiak from the Supervisory Board of the Baltic Maritime and Space Cluster, at the same time the head of the Mediation Team, dealing with economic mediation, dr Zdzisław Długosz – dealing with intellectual property, projects, legal matters in the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster, and Jacek Górski, president of the PCB Service company, providing equipment for non-destructive testing, including microscopes, a company operating on the Automotive, Aerospace, Maritime markets. The editor-in-chief, Kazimierz Netka, represented the editorial office of Pulsarowy.pl
Baltic Sea and Space Cluster specialized research teams operate within six Hubs, which brings together 60 Polish innovative companies – presented Marek Grzybowski, prosident of the Baltic Sea & Space Cluster .
There are currently six Hubs: ICT & AI, construction of zero-emission ships – ZEVInnovation, design and construction of installations producing green energy – GreenTech, scientific-research, legal-financial and educational. All hubs bring together around 60 companies, research centers and R&D units. They cooperate with a group of approximately 2,300 cooperators, companies specializing in the design and implementation of innovative marine and space technologies, research and development, education and professional training for maritime industries.
As part of the ZEVInnovation project, together with partners from Norway and Croatia, we create conditions for implementing innovations in the production of components and complete zero-emission ships, including electric ones. For the development of electric ships, infrastructure is needed to charge both small boats and large ships. Onshore, in ports, energy storage facilities are necessary. Thus, undertaking the production of energy storage facilities may contribute to the development of electric ship navigation.
After the presentation of FLex and the activities of BSSC, the meeting participants visited the training facilities and production departments of Flex. After visiting the plant, representatives of FLex and BSSC exchanged views on the effectiveness of implementing innovations that allow meeting market expectations.