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Facing the future

December 2011 saw the Finnish enclosure manufacturer Fibox celebrate their twentieth anniversary as a stand alone manufacturing and sales company.

December 2011 saw the Finnish enclosure manufacturer Fibox celebrate their twentieth anniversary as a stand alone manufacturing and sales company

Since the company was formed in 1991, 14 sales companies have been established across the globe with manufacturing being carried out in highly automated factories in Finland, China and Korea, with a state of the art customising facility, now operational in Poland.

They have also moved their Head Office function to Espoo and in conjunction with the changes mentioned, they have also opened a new 6,000 square metre distribution and customer service hub in Porta Westfalica, northern Germany, to better support the established and expanding number of Fibox customers in the new member nations of the European Union, and complete their goal to become one of the largest, most customer-focused enclosure manufacturing companies in the world.

In serving traditional and emerging markets, Fibox recognised today’s changing industrial dynamics and understand their client’s needs for flexibility, and in turn, appreciate the flexibility for them to meet all of their customers’ demands. Therefore, the ability to deliver quality-engineered products in ever shorter lead times is critical. Time-to-market for new products is decreasing, meaning that more specialist products are created based on a made-to-order basis and even occasionally manufactured as one-offs, while at the same time the complexity and variety of those products are increasing.

Over the years, more and more OEM customers have partnered with Fibox in order to benefit from the company’s expertise in designing their products from the ground up. They do this as a way to maximise performance and minimise costs and many have come to depend on this experience to see a better, faster or more efficient enclosure design that offers a competitive edge.

Whether enclosures are required in aluminium or thermoplastic, customers from Fibox’s world-wide client list now include companies whose products and applications are vital to the transport, utilities, renewable energy, marine and telecom industries; all of which demand an exemplary variety of enclosure products that are suited to their specific manufacturing methods and must adhere to regulatory obligations.

So what does the future hold for Fibox and the UK thermoplastic enclosure industry? In some respects those who are seen as the main players are the masters of their own destiny. Only those manufacturers willing and able to invest heavily in market driven product development, state of the art production technology, in-depth stocks and employee development will be equipped to offer the sort of customer service being demanded by the markets.

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