The FREZITE general meeting returned to a face-to-face format and was themed after a cooking show. After a review of the year 2022 and a preview of the challenges for 2023, the team was invited to cook recipes related with the Christmas season. The participants put their hands to work on recipes that stimulated teamwork and the result was delicious, both in taste and look. There was a successful event, full of cooperation and fun.
For the seventh time FREZITE associated itself to FEUP - Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, sponsoring the awarding of the J. F. Silva Gomes/FREZITE Prize, created to distinguish the best master's dissertation in mechanical engineering with a significant experimental component. The award was given at the ceremony of the new masters, held on November 26, to Miguel Silva Pinto Duro for his thesis "Machinability of Maraging steel produced by LPBF based on milling tests".
FREZITE was again present at the Lignotec Open House, which took place between the 8 and 12 of November at the premises of the Portuguese official representatives of the SCM manufacturer in Lordelo (Portugal). An initiative focused to national specialists in wood and cork who seek new knowledge and technologies. Download the video here.
FREZITE Brasil invested in the renovation of its machinery, but also in the expansion of its administrative facilities and common areas. The company invested in an adjoining building to which it transferred its commercial, administrative and common areas. The investment made brings automation and innovation to FREZITE's production process to better meet the needs of the Brazilian market.
In cooperation with its local agent Dinosaw, FREZITE exhibited in the IWF - International Woodworking Fair held in Atlanta, USA. Between 23 and 26 August visitors of North America's largest woodworking technology and design trade show and conference were able to see FREZITE cutting tool solutions. Is another successful partnership.
The action promoted by the company's human resources department was intended to "sweeten" the working day. On 29 July, on a hot day, the FREZITE team was surprised with... an ice cream offer. A "give away" for the commitment of employees, which has returned into excellent results, when the company has just completed 44 years of activity. CONGRATULATIONS!
The return of Frezite as an exhibitor in international trade fairs happened with Formóbile - International Furniture and Wood Industry that took place from 5th to 8th July in São Paulo, Brazil. FREZITE's commercial team hosted a well-attended fair after its postponement for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
M&M's Motorsport, a team made up of six trainees from CENFIM da Trofa – who participate in the F1 in Schools project – relies on FREZITE's consultancy in terms of tools and materials to be used in the machining of the elements that make up the car. It is an international multidisciplinary competition where teams of 3 to 6 young people compete against each other. The challenge is to design and manufacture a miniature car from the official F1 Model Block, using CAD/CAM design tools according to specific regulations. At the beginning of the month, the team has already guaranteed passage to the national stage and aims to reach the international competition, which will take place during the last F1 Grand Prix, in Abu Dhabi.
Two groups of trainees of Centro de Formação Profissional Cenfim da Trofa (Portugal) visited FREZITE this month of May. First were the group of CNC Machining and Programming class and, on the following day, the class of Industrial Maintenance. With a policy of open doors for education institutions, the company continues to invest in profitable partnerships with organizations related with technical training.
A group of German pupils of dual technical education visited the facilities of FREZITE in Trofa (Portugal). A tour that results from a partnership between CENFIM – (Portuguese Professional Training Centre of Metallurgical and Metalworking Industry) and the SBS-Jena school, in Germany, promoting technical and pedagogical innovation. The visit took place under the Erasmus cooperation project, which involves more than 200 entities in Europe.
Investing in a policy of greater sales proximity, FREZITE has been growing in Central European markets, namely in countries like Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Note that the Group already exports its products and technology to more than 70 countries, but there is still a lot of world to be coloured in yellow.
A program is being implemented at the FREZITE Group. It started in the second half of last year with the management teams in Portugal and, this month, it is taking place in Brazil. The leadership training program is an initiative that will cover the Group's other management teams - with local trainers - namely in Germany and the Czech Republic. This is FREZITE, committed to training leaders.
For the sixth time FREZITE has associated with FEUP - Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, sponsoring the J. F. Silva Gomes/FREZITE Award, created to distinguish the best MSc dissertation in mechanical engineering with a significant experimental component. The award ceremony was held on 28th January, prizing a thesis related to the manufacturing of cutting tools.
As part of its investment plan, FREZITE has bought a wire EDM machine to increase internal capacity in PCD cutting, as well as a multifunction lathe capable of turning and milling. By combining these two operations in a single machine, the aim is to reduce the delivery time of brazed type tools with bore (in carbide and PCD). Investments made to align with the increase that has been achieved in the orders book.