EXPORTS REQUIRE INNOVATION
In 2017, UAB Henris was recognised as one of the most promising companies in Lithuania and was included in the list of TOP COMPANIES 2017. In 2019, as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country, it was awarded the Gazelle title.
Many Lithuanian companies use the company’s work and accumulated long-term experience. Energy services are provided to AB ORLEN Lietuva, UAB Axis Industries, AB Eglės sanatorija, UAB Vakarų medienos grupė, UAB Kalvasta and others. Some of the newest partners are UAB Eikos statyba and UAB Autokausta. Among the completed energy equipment projects are such impressive projects as Eglės sanatorija in Druskininkai and Birštonas, the particle board factory of Vakarų medienos grupė in Naujoji Akmenė, Švyturio Arena in Klaipėda and the S. Darius and S. Girėnas Stadium in Kaunas, the reconstruction of which is being completed. In the field of metalworking, the company collaborates with UAB ROL Lithuania, UAB Bipa, UAB BAR Baltic Production and other companies in Lithuania and abroad.
The company is implementing the project ‘Introduction of Eco-innovative Laser Technologies in UAB Henris’. The introduction of technological eco-innovations is aimed at reducing the negative effects of climate change and the greenhouse effect. It was decided to invest in the implementation of technological eco-innovation in the company Henris to improve the efficiency of the production activities.
The project is partially financed under the measure ‘Eco-innovation LT+’ under Priority Axis 3: ‘Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Business’ under the Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014–2020. Under the agreement with the Lithuanian Business Support Agency (now the Innovation Agency), EUR 312,000 was allocated for the project from the European Regional Development Fund.
Laser cutting equipment for metal pipes and profiles was purchased. The technological eco-innovations will help improve three product groups: towel dryers, energy equipment and other non-standard products made from metal pipes and profiles.
When it comes to metal processing services, the company UAB Henris has always had a clear specialisation – the processing of metal bars, pipes and profiles. The specific range of services and focus on quality earned the trust of its customers and partners.
‘However, the market does not stand still. We monitor and analyse it, and try to take appropriate decisions. Having secured a solid position in the local market and attracted a number of foreign capital companies to Lithuania, we have started to look to other countries. However, we soon had to admit that exports require investment to increase productivity, quality and competitiveness. So, an automated line for fibre laser cutting of pipes and profiles was the logical step forward. Only a few companies in the Baltic States can boast such equipment, which is specifically designed for cutting only 16–200 mm pipes and 10 ´ 20 to 200 ´ 200 mm profiles. This innovation has helped us to increase capacity several times, to significantly improve performance indicators, and our new service has also helped us to attract customers from industries that we could not offer anything to before. We have also started providing robotic welding (MIG, TIG) services. Thus cutting, bending, rolling and welding of bars, pipes and profiles has now become as fast and optimised as possible. And most importantly, successful innovations are helping to save ever more precious resources and thus preserve the environment. This was one of the main objectives of this project’, says Voldemaras Ušinskis, Managing Director of UAB Henris.
‘To encourage micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to introduce technological eco-innovations, thereby reducing the negative effects of climate change and the greenhouse effect, we have already published the call for proposals under the ‘Eco-innovations LT+’ measure four times. The number of companies receiving subsidies under this measure has already reached 157, almost 50 technological eco-innovations have been implemented and the number will increase in the future’, says Agnė Vaitkūnienė, Director of Investment Management Service and Acting Director of the Innovation Agency.