Increasing in production efficiency and ensuring more space

Increasing in production efficiency and ensuring more space

AE Partner will soon start the production in our new facility with additional space of 3000 m2, which means a place for 200 employees. One of the goals of the development was increasing in production efficiency and ensuring more space and a better working environment. The existing production facility is getting too small as the company grows. The production of high-quality automation systems and electric panels for the customers in the whole world will become even better and faster!

Charity action "JAR" 2019

Charity action "JAR" 2019

All of the AE Partner team’s good intentions combined in one good work, and we gave the medical equipment to Liepāja hospital.

Our whole year’s goodwill is in good and experienced hands now. As usual, AE Partner’s delegates met Gundega Blizņeca, the head nurse of the Children’s Unit in the Liepāja Hospital. She told that every device like this is crucial to make little patients stay at hospital easier. That's because it’s relatively small and thus more comfortable. They definitely will make the medics’ work easier as well. Our last year’s present was the oxygen concentrator. We’re happy that it helps little kid to be at home with the closest people instead of spending time in a hospital room.

AE Partner’s project manager Andrejs Naumičs also came to the hospital to give the oximeters. His family recently had a happy event – the twin girls’ birth. He is one of the people who know how important availability of such devices is and how much they help the parents to feel safe for their little ones.

2018 was the sixth year when we filled our charity Jar with donations in different actions. We also learned to take care every day.

At the end of the year were the two last events for the Jar in 2018: “Feed the Jar” and “The tool for the donation”. Until then we had enough for one device. After those events, we doubled the donated amount and could buy two Vital functions monitors. Besides the measurement of the oxygen levels in the blood, it also counts pulse and measures temperature. All the measurements can be done to the infants and little kids as well as for them who are already in the size of grown-ups – Children Unit's patients are up to 18 years old.

The good works multiply good things. We say thanks to our team that is active and socially responsible! Also, thanks to “Heaco Medical Technology” whose forthcoming allowed to gift two pulse oximeter devices.

There is no such thing as small or unworthy works. Everything matters and that what we can give to others is most important. The Jar is empty now, but we will take care to fill it again this year!

They will add practical skills to the theory

They will add practical skills to the theory

AE Partner’s new year has begun with ten young people who are ready for the challenges. They will add practical skills to the theory they learned in a school.

Sustainability is also a care for the whole town’s future. When we help to raise new specialists and give them a chance to gain skills in a modern company, we also give our part for a better future.

In addition to the opportunity to work with the newest technologies, we also show the importance of a great and strong team and good work environment. We believe that this experience in the AE Partner will become a step-up in the young people’s growth.

Together, we add value and our apprentices are adding it, too!

AE Partner wishes happy holiday season

AE Partner wishes happy holiday season

In this time of good jobs, heartwarming and waiting for the light to come back, AE Partner wishes happy holiday season! It’s time to look back at the good jobs of the whole year. Who knows, maybe even find an opportunity to do more good jobs that could bring some more brightness to others.

It is great to see that to AE Partner’s team values aren’t just a word written somewhere. We are honest, towards ourselves and others. That, although painful sometimes, moves our growth. We are open and the way how different people in our team works together is the best proof for that. Our team spirit is strong, and it allows us to work successfully. We value integrity. Our team’s gifts for the children who need some lightness in their days is only one example for the integrity in which we live every day.

Our year was bright and fulfilled. In harmony with growth in the company, our team was together outside the working hours, too. We went outside and made a small spot of our town cleaner. We spent the sunny and hot day together with our closest people and showed a place where we are for much of our time. We rode bikes together and we filled the Jar in many ways. The Jar is a collection of our good works and it will help them who need it the most – the little ones in Liepāja hospital. Every good work we do will help to make a better world and it gives us the feeling of fulfilment that no one can take away.

We wish to find the miracle of the Christmas – it can be everywhere, even in the sparkles of a Bengal light. Merry Christmas, full of a dazzling joy!

Happy Father`s Day!

Happy Father`s Day!

In our big team there is someone, who is dad himself, and in the moments when doesn’t lead implementation of new customers, he helps other dads to create stronger bound with their kids. It’s Oskars Špickopfs, who is also a trainer in Saliedēt.lv and leader of Father&Son programme. 

Oskars is the one, who can tell us more about father’s role while we wait for Father’s Day: “This weekend we’ll celebrate Father’s Day in Latvia. It’s the day when kids congratulate their fathers, and dads spend their day together with kids, doing things they usually don’t. Kids need dad, and need mum as well, as they play different roles in raising kids. 

Dad is first “stranger” in his son’s life (because first nine months from his life he spent very close with mom), and from father son will get first impressions about this world, people, and life. Especially from first years of life it’s crucial for little man to get confirmation from dad as a man that he’s welcomed in this world, to get emotional and physical comfort and feeling of safety, and trust. It will be great base for further life, in which father not only gives support, but also leads his son in various challenges which will form little one to strong personality with manly character. 

But for daughter dad is first example for real man – how he talks with others, how he shows himself in society and how he treats his daughter and wife. Father with his example will affect his daughter’s life – how successful she’ll be in communication and cooperation with others, how she’ll build relationships with boys in school, even how she’ll find her future husband. 

Kid is like apprentice, and father is like the master, who’ll give his kid his life experience, practical skills, and knowledge. Father must be aware, what are the values he wants to pass his kids to make their life wholesome and qualitative. But even more important is to love your children and spend time with them, because it’s the greatest value you can give them in this short time of childhood, and most valuable thing we can get from this life for ourselves.”

Growth continues in AE Partner – new production facility

Growth continues in AE Partner – new production facility

We in AE Partner have always focused on our vision to create a strong connection between the organization and partners. We are on an exciting journey and have now more than 400 colleagues in Latvia and Denmark.

We want to add value and offer more than just a supply and our customers seems to appreciate that. To support our growth, we have opened a new production facility very close to the existing factory. This new production facility will serve our growing partner base at AE Partner, while still maintaining our company’s strategy for a healthy production environment & production methodology based on Lean principle.

Having the best team is one of company’s missions. Through close dialogue between our customers and AE Partner, we are optimizing all functions from order to delivery. We create products that are developed and designed for every client individually and we strongly emphasize the importance of cooperation.

AE Partner cooperates with clients from more than 45 countries all around the globe. Individually made and variously usable product isn’t tomorrows dream – it’s today’s reality. AE Partner knows that success doesn’t come out of a thin air, it’s the result of a combined effort to create and sell products, which are competitive in the global market – distribution panels, MCC panels, PLC panels and other electric and automation devices. 

We already can do much, we will do more, and we are ready to prove that to our existing, new and future partners!

New step in AE Partner’s growth strategy

New step in AE Partner’s growth strategy

After a very successful journey for AE Partner where our two owners over the last 15 years successfully have developed AE Partner to a leading company within our industry, we are now taking the next step in the overall strategy. Claus Ravn last year decided to step down from overall management and take up the position as Key Account Manager, referring to our CSO Hans Frederik Kristiansen.

This year Michael Holm has also decided that he will step down from his role as CEO and from company’s top management group. Michael will take on more operational position like strengthening the overall cooperation with customers and internally among departments. He will also contribute on maintaining and emphasizing company’s people minded culture and leadership development.

For more confident next step into the future Bo Ankerfelt has been hired to take the position as the CEO of AE Partner. Bo has many years of experience at CEO and general management positions in Danish and International companies. His latest contribution as CEO at the Danish international company DAFA A/S. Bo has lived 10 years outside Denmark in Malaysia, France, UK, and Italy.

Claus and Michael are very confident that Bo will be the perfect match for the organization that they have built, both in relation to our colleagues and customer.

Bo is already in the company getting to know the people and analysing AE Partners strategy, organization, and management systems to provide needed input as to strengthen organization for further continuance and sustainable growth strategy.

Starting from 24th of May 2018, Thomas Folmann has taken the position as new Chairman of the Board of AE Partner as part of insuring the growth and sustainable development process at AE Partner.

Claus and Michael are confident, that the right decisions are taken, and the new chapter of AE Partner story is about to be written, with even stronger and more confident continuation. As they say: “It doesn’t matter what position you take as long as you add the right value to the company”.

We engage where help is crucial

We engage where help is crucial

Our team is responsible and actively involve themselves in processes where help is important. 

One of our colleagues we can be truly proud of, is Igors Amontovs, our internal academy’s coach and internal safety instructor. His example makes us all think about safe environment, responsibility, and involvement even then, when company’s door closes behind us. 

Igors was one of volunteers, who went to help fight the wildfire in Valdgale, Talsi district, where the peat bog is still burning: “I felt that help is very important there. I have big experience in this thing, I know what is wildfire and I have fought it several times. Something inside me told that I must help.” 

In this time, when fire hazard is high, it`s important to remember that every small sparkle can be potential danger: “When you go for a walk in a forest, don`t take cigarettes with you. You can think that you have pressed cigarette down, but did you really? Wedding ceremonies and other occasions should avoid sky lantern usage, as well as any kind of pyrotechnics and open fire. I`m sure – we can think of safer and still beautiful ways how to celebrate. Air is so heavy now, and you can`t be sure that burner of lantern really burns out while flying and won`t catch up in tree still burning. Let`s consider all those things!”

AE Partner builds it`s business sustainable

AE Partner builds it`s business sustainable

AE Partner makes it`s business sustainable and develops the values of responsible company. Of course, the point of reference for effort the company puts in is satisfied customer, happy team and feeling of work well-done, bet it`s nice to be valued in broader business environment and to be in close circle with best companies in Latvia.

Within last years AE Partner has demonstrated so rapid stepping upwards sustainability stairs that it`s worth mentioning. In 2016 AE Partner got Bronze category diploma, last year – Silver category diploma in Sustainability Index, made by Institute of Corporative Sustainability and Responsibility (InCSR), and a special prize, Sustainability Champion, too.

This year AE Partner keeps solid position Silver category and has gained Family Friendly Business status, which is given by InCSR in cooperation with Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia.

There are new goals in front of company for the next years, AE Partner has Golden and Platinum categories in Sustainability Index to reach. Cooperation, openness, and teamwork sure will help to achieve new heights!

The company, who cares about clean environment and sustainability

The company, who cares about clean environment and sustainability

3rd of July is International Plastic Bag Free day. It`s the day we pay special attention to plastic waste. Plastic bags, thin, transparent ones in particular, which we use to wrap every cucumber or banana while grocery shopping, is huge problem worldwide, and it creates notable harm to environment. Plastic bags are used for 25 minutes in average, and then thrown away.

AE Partner is company who cares about sustainability and clean environment. All waste that is produced during manufacturing processes, is sorted. Our Environmental Policy is to build trust among employees, customers and the public society by demonstrating our commitment to comply with relevant environmental legislation, reducing pollution, minimizing the use of natural resources for company’s operation, reducing the amount of industrial waste, by continuously improving the environmental management of the company in all its fields of activity. We aren’t totally free from plastic packaging yet, but we are responsible, cooperate with organisation Zaļā josta (Green Belt), and all our plastic waste is recycled.

Today and the days following we welcome our team and everyone else to think about our habits and avoid non-reusable bags. When you go to the store or to the market, always remember about your own shopping bag or basket!

We are for clean environment, which should be clean for future generations too!

Feeling of Song and Dance Festival blooms in AE Partner

Feeling of Song and Dance Festival blooms in AE Partner

Once in five years many workplaces are getting much quieter, but in the same time Riga is buzzing from sunrise till sunset. Already in Sunday there will be opening of Latvian Song and Dance Celebration, which is also significant because this year it`s hundred years since Latvia’s independence declaration in 1918. We feel coming of celebration in AE Partner too – more than ten of our team members will spend next week in Riga, giving joy and inspiration to others and collecting impressions, given by togetherness feeling, for themselves.

We are happy and proud that teamwork is value for our people even outside the company. Dancing in dance collective as well as singing in choir strengthens ability to cooperate and it is useful in every sphere of life.

Gates to song, dance and joy will open very soon. We wish strength and feeling of satisfaction to our great and active team members, their families and all the dancers and singers!

Youth is temporarily joining our team

This summer in AE Partner’s team there is temporary extra force – young people who are gaining their first work experience. It`s a challenge for them, but for us a task, to show how great it is to work in responsible and team-oriented company. This is opportunity we give together with State Employment agency in their summer work programme for youth. By giving our part in youth employment today we boost our chances of obtaining qualified specialist, who will know how crucial it is to learn new things and improve their skills, tomorrow.

Openness defines us both in our internal communication as well as in cooperation with our partners, and we are glad that we are successfully strengthening our bound with society – young people in summer work are proof for it. We hope that our young friends are satisfied with this experience as well and we believe that after a few years they will be part of our great team too!

It’s time to take deep breath of Midsummer magic

It’s time to take deep breath of Midsummer magic

Nature has told us that it`s time to take deep breath and inhale the magic of summer solstice – sing louder, release your wild inner self and get the joy of bright light.

Most us will wait for morning light next to the bonfires to live through the short moment of darkness together. Perfect time to make better bound with each other, to find something in common, to make energy fizz. All we need is openness, friends and live fire.

AE Partner wishes you to catch magic of the shortest night and gain so much energy that it keeps you going for a year!

Happy Midsummer celebration!

AE Partner’s team has spent their Midsummer celebration

AE Partner’s team has spent their Midsummer celebration

With Midsummer coming, AE Partner team has spent it`s Līgo celebration. While rejoicing we have added value to town’s environment and strengthened our team spirit. As we are responsible for resources, we used materials we already had and made a recreation place, which is simple yet very elegant. This fantastic place is found in freely accessible territory next to Liepāja lake between Zāļu and Dunalkas street.

We have spent pleasant, team-building event in cheerful atmosphere, and we welcome others to make stronger bounds between people in your company, family or friend’s circle and relax in this beautiful place – because AE Partner endorses strong teams! We want to say thanks to Liepāja city council as well – for giving us the green light for this clean up!

Our Best and Only Side is High Standards, and It`s Approved

Our Best and Only Side is High Standards, and It`s Approved

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On 5th of June, which is also World Environment Day, we had overall audit in quality, environment and work safety questions in AE Partner to recertificate in standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001. These certificates relate to environmental policies and environment friendly business. Our Quality team with its manager Liene Kļava did a good job get ready for audit. The result is successful.

Liene says thanks for company’s whole team! She is proud that we have shown ourselves from our best side and are recertified without any unconformities.

The fact that we have successfully gone through audit and recertification means that our clients will receive highest quality products from responsible company – as they already did before. Sustainable development policy is one of our values, and we know, that our clients appreciate that.

There can`t be too much good and encouraging words and, as colleagues think, Liene is positive, always has something nice to say and always smiles. “Liene is real energy charge”, always interested and open – our Quality manager is living proof of all our values.

 

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Experiencing Hannover

Experiencing Hannover

Hannover Messe has been the world’s most important industrial tradeshow and largest capital goods exhibition for years. This year AE Partner sent our teammates from mechanical workshop, logistics and project departments to explore fair. We have to say thanks to our business partner Rittal as well for cooperating to organise this trip.

Our colleagues admit that fair was very interesting and very impressive too. They only got a quick look-see: “This fair is very grandiose and the time we got was too short to see everything in detail. Fair was happening in several halls, it is enormous.” In their experience it`s the biggest trade fair they`ve been to so far.

In this fair Rittal promoted new montage panels that will replace the ones we use in our company daily. Much time were spent at them – our guys were introduced with technical differences from previous model.

Pleasant surprise for our team was that not only we know others – others know us too. For example, people from Hoffman knew that we use their CNC machines in AE Partner.

In fair people from our team made sure that we are company who follows time: “We can say for sure that most of what we saw in exhibition, is in use in our company as well.”

Charity action "Jar" 2018

AE Partner is a team that inspires to do good, therefore, for several years we have been organizing a charity event “Jar”. Throughout 2017, during various activities, our team gathered funds for the children`s department of the Liepaja Regional Hospital to provide a valuable and necessary gift. As a result, we started this year with good work and joy of giving. This time, all together, we provided a portable oxygen concentrator that facilitates the oxygenation of the body and facilitates breathing in children with difficulty in breathing. This concentrator will further help small patients return home faster and continue their recovery with their family. At the time of the donation, Gundega Blizņeca, head of the General Childhood Disease Division, told that this type of mobile device was needed in the department, and will be used already the next day, it would be easier for a small patient to go to the Children's Clinical University Hospital in Riga to conduct medical examination. For many years, Gundega has been pleased and appreciative the initiative and goodwill of AE Partner employees in helping small patients.
Happiness makes more happiness, even when doing small things, we are pleased both with the hospital staff as well as to small patients and their parents. Thank you to all of us, the great AE Partner team, who did something unselfish to achieve this goal and start the year with a good job.
Also, this year we will not hold our hands on the lap. We will find out what department would need and keep our tradition. Everyone is invited to join with his good works and help fill the "Jar"! Together we can do more!

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The AE Partner team wishes all the best in this  holiday season and great success in 2018! Thank you for being with us this year!

First LEAN trainers among us

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AE Partner wants to work smarter and not harder. One of the principles we use to achieve our goals is, we build the best teams and use the most appropriate tools. We are trying to captivate our colleagues and partners with our ideas and works.
Our team has colleagues who are ready to learn and teach others. To keep our work exciting, take care of the environment, and make the time spent on work meaningful and satisfactory.
Therefore inspired by our values, we have taken all necessary steps to implement the philosophy of LEAN in company processes, thus increasing productivity, reducing losses, keeping the team spirit and celebrating success.
Already for six months, the AE Partner introduces and applies the principles of LEAN in our working environment. We have the opportunity to provide training and practice conditions for our new LEAN coaches to successfully integrate improvements.
The AE Partner currently has 15 certified LEAN coaches and 14 LEAN coaches who conduct the necessary practice activities in audits, meeting management and problem solving before receiving a certificate. Our coaches are a LEAN DNA resource that will further support LEAN thinking in teams and bring knowledge to colleagues.
We welcome the whole team and coaches with the first graduates!

Ilgtspējas indekss 2017

This was second year in row when we participated in initiative “Ilgtspējas indekss”, and we have received confirmation that we are on right tracks. This year we gained recognition as the fastest growing company in all criteria, and we have stepped up to silver category.

Team of experts has confirmed growth both in strategic issues and relations with partners, and we have received positive feedback to our efforts to increasingly improve the working environment for employees, taking care for the environment and the local community.

We are proud that we have a sustainable and corporately responsible!