|Despite all the difficulties of the pandemic period and thanks to the work of FAP team, we managed to achieve not only successful indicators in R&D field, but also to attract new customers. After the vacation, we will be back full of energy and will continue to work this year even more successfully than ever before. |
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FAP is dedicated daily to the development of new solutions and innovative applications not yet present on the market, always trying to anticipate the needs of foam producers and the market. To meet the customers’ needs, and to ensure precise and complete answers, FAP has created an internal lab, currently based in France, to test granules and to produce foam materials in little scale. During the last years numerous tests were carried out together with customers, producers of raw materials and research centers.
Thanks to the numerous requests in the recent months the samples of high-density polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) foam have been produced and tested, perfect for being thermoformed and laminated with the final use in various industrial sectors such as automotive, construction and food.
Furthermore, today the company is the protagonist of a courageous entrepreneurial choice. FAP invests over 5 million euros to build the site which provides the expansion of the new production area, that nowadays has become insufficient to manage the ever-increasing number of orders. Also, the laboratory will be brought in Italy, creating an innovative research and development internal center for study and tests of expanded plastic materials in industrial scale, that has already solicited requests by companies all over the world including for example Brazil, Chile, Saudi Arabia, United States, France, Spain, Russia. The construction site will be completed in 2022.
"We collaborate with companies that work, produce and study polymers: today companies have the opportunity to carry out tests in the French laboratory, but not to continue experimenting on industrial production machines”, Fabrizio Poli explains. “We build these machines and we want to share our rich experience creating a line specially dedicated for tests in industrial scale. Moreover, this center will be used by our company for the study of new materials and to improve processes in terms of energy efficiency", continues Poli, who has already established relations with the Polytechnic of Milan for the evaluation of an innovative material that FAP is patenting. "We are talking about a replacement of polystyrene material for the food sector with 100% recyclable foam produced using 100% natural gas CO2", Poli concludes.
The news concerning FAP reconfirm the ambition and determination of the Italian company in current economic context strongly impacted by Covid-19 situation.
A WIDE-RANGING INTERVIEW WITH FABRIZIO POLI, CEO of FAP, WHO RUNS THIS FAMILY FIRM TOGETHER WITH HIS BROTHER FRANCESCO, THE SALES DIRECTOR.
The best advertisement for FAP has always been innovative, high-quality machines, on which clients can build the success of their enterprises.
These are words of Luigi Poli, who in 1987 founded FAP, a company based in Besana in Brianza (Monza Brianza) that builds extrusion plants and specializes, in particular, in systems for producing foam film. His words perfectly encapsulate the philosophy that, stemming from the typical Brianza mindset (a trait recognized both in Italy and internationally), has always guided this company. Indeed, Brianza people are committed to their work, even when the going gets tough, and they regard their products as the best possible testimony both to themselves and to their businesses.
In 2020, the reins of the company passed to Fabrizio and Francesco Poli. The two brothers both joined the family firm when they were very young. Accordingly, after lengthy “apprenticeships” in the various departments and in various roles, they are now entrepreneurs with considerable experience to bring to bear, despite their still relatively young age. Today, they are engaged not only in the day-to-day running of the company, but also in a drive to raise the level of every aspect of its operations through major investments of the kind that, especially right now, demand a good deal of courage and expertise. Clearly, two brothers have both these qualities in spades. To get all this straight from the horse’s mouth, we interviewed Fabrizio Poli. Our thanks go to him for giving us his time. This is what he had to say.
Let us start by talking about your specialisation, namely the construction of lines for the extrusion of foam materials. Could you outline the state-of-the-art in this field and your own most recent technological developments?
“FAP has over thirty years’ experience in the foam film sector. Through our research and development laboratory in France, we study new applications made possible by materials that have yet to reach the market, so that our technology can be made suitable for processing them. In other words, we always try to anticipate the needs of processors and the market, to be sure we are ready”.
Has Industry 4.0 changed the plants you build and your company’s internal processes? If so, how?
“For years now, the manufacturing sector has been going through an unprecedented process of transformation thanks to technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and augmented reality. At FAP, we have invested heavily in Industry 4.0, improving both access to data and the management of the extrusion process, so as to allow our customers to become more competitive, especially in terms of efficiency, precision and reduction of production costs”.
How is your reference market faring in these difficult times?
“We experienced a slowdown in March 2020 but bounced back almost immediately. Even though all sectors have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, fortunately our customer base is made up of companies that operate across a range of different ones, and have therefore felt the effects of this difficult situation less than they might otherwise have done. Thanks to their very high technical performance levels, foam films are used widely in numerous industrial fields, such as packaging, construction and the automotive industry. What is more, as an effect of imminent restrictions on the marketing and use of food containers made of polystyrene foam, we are seeing an increase in the demand for 100% recyclable solutions from food companies that are going to have to replace their products in polystyrene foam. We are therefore carrying out numerous tests in our laboratory in order to be able to offer our customers the best solutions to do just this. Our estimates suggest that 2021 will see our turnover further increasing on previous years”.
Speaking of Covid-19, what repercussions has the pandemic had on you, and how did you organise your work in the face of the emergency? Did you have to close or reorganise your production in any way?
“We closed the company in April 2020. At that time, of course, there was widespread fear, a lack of PPE, and no clear indications on the issue of workplace organisation. For us, like all companies, prioritising the health of our employees and collaborators has meant reorganising things, in other words, redistributing work spaces, sanitising common areas, making sure everyone has access to PPE and sanitising gels, and setting up training courses on safety protocols to follow within the company”.
Could you tell us about your investments in the renovation and expansion of your factory? What stage are you at, and what interventions are planned?
“Work on our new production site, which will also be in Besana in Brianza (Monza Brianza), is scheduled to begin in July. The project involves expanding the production area, which is now insufficient to manage our ever-increasing number of orders. Furthermore, we will be moving our research and development laboratory to Italy, thereby expanding our international research centre here”.
You have recently undergone an image and communications makeover. Could you tell us more?
“We are a serious company, committed to our customers, and this, together with our achievements, says a lot about us. However, we wanted to make sure our story also reaches those who still don’t know us. It has always been widely accepted that a company’s logo is an essential element in defining its image. We have therefore had ours restyled and also given our website a makeover, to make it simpler and more modern. We are very pleased with the result and feel that our new logo really reflects what we are today: a dynamic family business with a long history of success, as well as solid and constantly growing international experience”.
These new investments suggest that you are really striving to forge ahead with your business. Will this drive include the recruitment of new technical and sales staff?
“We have already embarked on a quest to find new people to add to our R&D and technical teams. We have started this process early because we attach great importance to the recruitment side of things. After all, the daily efforts of our staff are the foundation of the company’s success”.
In FAP's internal laboratory, currently based in France, together with our customers, raw material producers and research centers, we create, test, approve new solutions capable of anticipating the ever-changing foam market demand or even changing the competitive scenario.
We dedicate ourselves daily to the development of innovative technologies and to the study of new fields of application of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) expanded films.
This machine is a perfect copy of FAP extruders of industrial scale with “direct gazing” technology and high performance characteristics.
Researchers, producers of raw materials, producers of foam materials and start-up businesses are welcome to discover the benefits of FAP technology:
- study, develop and test foam materials and raw materials using different gases - foaming agents - mixture (butane, CO2),
- optimize and approve the mixing recipes,
- carry out tests by realizing the most innovative ideas.
Today, 4 March, here in FAP we celebrate World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development. Engineering has always had an essential role in FAP development. Thans why since 1987, our extrusion lines are designed for the production of only first class performance.
Our team of engineers is constantly improving the functionality of systems, as well as researching technological innovations available on the market with a particular focus on their environmental impact factor and energy consumption.
All lines and equipment are designed and built inside the company under the direct control of the engineers, this fact guarantees the highest quality of all equipment for 24-hour day operation and rapid supply of spare parts.
✔️ We want to contribute to sustainable development.
✔️ We want to make the world a better place.
We are aware about the coming restrictions on PS foam packaging trays and containers widespread in the food industry, and today we are proud to offer our high technological solution for companies which facing with this problem.
According to the numerous requests, FAP RESEARCH CENTER have found and approve the safe solution to offer to companies which have to switch over to EPP production or want to start a new one.
We are proud to share that FAP PRODUCTION LAB has produced an excellent samples of PP foam (density 120 kg/m3 , thickness 1mm) totally recyclable and perfect to be thermoformed in food trays or used for other applications in any industrial field. The safe production of polypropylene foam samples was carried out using natural CO2 gas, which is directly injected into the extruder during the extrusion process by special systems.
We are continuing to improve, develop and carry out different tests also by requests from our clients.
Stay tuned to find out more!
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I started working in the family business more than 20 years ago, I started from the apprenticeship starting from the working in the workshop, assembling the machines and eventually carrying out the acceptance testing at the customers' sites.
During these years I was engaged in: development strategy, purchases, investments, personnel management. I have always collaborated with professionals from various sectors who have enriched my wealth of skills.
Today I hold the role of CEO of FAP.
My father Luigi Poli was a real pioneer in Italy when, in the 80′s, he specialized in design and production of machines and plants for the extrusion, in a few years the company consolidated itself becoming one of the main European players.
The key to FAP’s success is based on pillars such as: quality, flexibility, competitiveness, innovation, attention to Customer’s needs; today as yesterday I and my brother Francesco continue to preserve these pillars because we believe they are the basis of our success.
It has been a difficult year as I think for everyone, we have slowed down some projects, however we plan to close 2020 with a turnover in line with previous years.
The crisis touched us towards March last year but we have always honored all payments, salaries have always been paid, we cannot complain.
We have foreseen important investments for the next three years. Market needs are constantly changing and we must be ready.
We will propose news in the technological field, we are investing in a new production site, we have recently rebranded our logo, updated the website, we are excited and ready to face all the challenges that will arise.
A company’s logo is an essential element in defining its brand image, that is why we have updated our one in modern, elegant and simple key.
We believe our new logo better matched who we are: a dynamic family-owned company with a long history of success, great international experience and continual development.
Fabrizio Poli, the company CEO, proudly announced: “FAP has never stopped making a name for itself in the last 34 years, as an Italian excellence in foam extrusion solutions. We hope that our refreshed brand will give our clients and partners a fresh view and conception of energy and business growing.”
The emergency “Covid-19” spreading all around the globe is still bringing a lot of limitations, changing the working conditions in all company's levels and generally business dynamics everywhere.
FAP is perfectly aware that all customers may be needing the concrete help or technical support to ensure continual running of lines, but also the assistance in developing their new projects. In this period FAP team has no possibility to make a visit to companies but thanks to great experience we continue to develop the projects for our clients, offer the solutions, provide continuous support and assistance to daily business activities in the best possible way.
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