Cutting edge technology and old-fashioned hard work are the cornerstones to the success of Paarl-based Fabrinox. Opened in 1993 as a sheet metal components manufacturer, Fabrinox offers a range of services that far exceed even the wildest dreams of Andre Visser (Founder and Managing Director) in those early years.
“Fabrinox is an extension of our clients’ facilities,” explains Visser. “We offer over 9,500m2 of undercover floor space across our two sites, with an additional 2,500m2 outdoor staging space, a highly skilled and professional staff compliment and access to the latest and most accurate equipment on the market, backed by a range of ISO certifications. This ensures on-time completion of projects with a high degree of precision, with professional and flexible service.”
At a recent site visit, CBN saw first hand the incredible scope of the projects that the company is working on at any one time. From equipment for the film industry to high-end gas heaters, yacht louvres to components for water purification plants, the Fabrinox team is on it. The company offers manufacturing solutions, tailored to customer and industry requirements.
Constantly striving to enhance efficiency, ensure adept process flow and automation, guarantee repeatability and constantly improve the production processes, while ensuring a sustainable supply chain through intuitive procurement, the work is not contained in the company’s two local sites. Visser says they are increasingly working outside the country, with projects spanning six continents. Eight installation teams ready to move at a moment’s notice and maintain a systemically versatile approach.
“Everything is only 24 hours away,” states Visser. “Logistically the world is not so big anymore and if you bare that in mind you can be available to assist a client anywhere in the world – all the time.”
This fast response time and flexibility has endeared Fabrinox to its ever growing client base, and sees them not only installing and commissioning projects across the globe, but training the teams that are going to be using the equipment as well as other installation teams on the job, often in less than ideal working environments.
With a view to penetrating the African market in a more meaningful way, Fabrinox – along with four other stakeholders – is one of the investors behind Andani Futuretech, a new South African BEE company that offers engineered solutions to local and global OEM’s for their outsourced manufacturing requirements. A bold move in a depressed market, Visser is excited about this partnership that has already yielded results in both local and continental business, and promotes collaboration with other partners in the industry.
Fabrinox has four basic focus areas:
- Components – Including sheet metal and tube laser cutting, bending and surface finishing.
- Sub-assemblies – Where these components require some assembly with or without the use of precision welding, coating and / or bead blasting.
- Projects under license – Including manufacturing, project management, commissioning, procurement and spare parts.
- Installations – Managed by the eight teams across the globe.
- Skills development is a way of life at Fabrinox, with around 10 interns and apprentices on the floor at any time, Fabrinox’ investment in the youth through this training and ultimately entry-level jobs has been a priority since its inception.
“We employ many of our trainees,” beams Visser. “Although often they end up working for our clients, becoming customers themselves.”