Farécla builds in-house paint facility
As part of Farécla’s ongoing commitment to technical development and support, the company has invested in a paint facility at its head office in Ware. The new workshop, which has a spraybooth and mixing room, will enable Farécla to do more internal development work and testing on paint systems in house, rather than have to use external training centres.
Rob Wilkinson, Technical Director, Farécla Products said: “We’ve always been able to thoroughly pre-test new products, for example our recently launched G3 Ultra, because we have good relations with paint companies and bodyshops, but having the our own facility gives us greater flexibility, cuts out delays and will allow us to bring new products to the market quicker. We can also be more proactive to things that happen in the marketplace.
“We will still keep a close working relationship with the paint companies and bodyshops, but having the workshop means we can test a greater number of new ideas developed in our research laboratory, as well as working on plastic repair tests, more efficiently because we do not have to arrange a time to borrow a venue. The other advantage of having this area is that we can invite more of our business partners, including those from overseas, to see and experience new products.
“There is a conference room upstairs where they can do theoretical work. Our sales teams will also be able to use this facility for training on new products or refreshers on polishing, and we can also get paint in from around the world and test our products against the different paint systems.”
The workshop is equipped with all the tools and equipment required for painting and polishing panels, and has a drive-in area. The Junair spraybooth has glazed doors for superb viewing visibility.
“The business is expanding, not just for automotive,” added Managing Director Michael Haddon. “Speed to market with new products is important and this new facility is a logical addition to the R & D work that Farécla does. I think it will be a very well used asset in the business which in turn will benefit the industry.”