At Saft Raskovice, Czech Republic, Tomas is responsible for the quality and maintenance of the plant’s buildings, machines, and production line. With his team, he carries out daily inspections and installs and repairs equipment.
He joined Saft in 2000 as a chemist after getting his Chemistry degree from the University of Brno. After a few years, he became the head of Maintenance, then was promoted to his current position. He likes the aspect of continuous improvement of maintenance and having to find quick solutions to make sure the plant is as productive as it can be. His work involves coordinating with lots of different people, from various departments, factories, companies, and even countries.
This is due to the company’s international presence, which he feels leads to a positive open-mindedness to the world. Over the years, he has been able to see his local plant at Raskovice grow, not only in production size but also in technology, like lithium, which has potential for more growth in the coming years. To him, working at Saft means being part of the future, as Saft produces batteries that can be used for the storage of renewable energy.
In his own projects, he helps make the factory safer and more efficient. Previously, he has led the installation of a new nickel-plating line. As production was on-going, his team had to be well organized to disrupt it as little as possible. Once everything was set up, this new line doubled the capacity of production and improved its speed and quality. Such positive results are rewarding for Tomas, who always welcomes new challenges. Despite his years of experience, he learns new things with every project. For example, he is currently organizing the implementation of a sprinkler system throughout the factory for fire prevention. This was a subject he wasn’t familiar with, and he enjoyed learning about how the system worked before starting the project.
In his free time, Tomas likes repairing and building new things around his house or working in his garden. He also enjoys doing activities with his two children, such as going to the mountains, cycling, or assembling and flying remote-controlled planes.