We chose to study the supply chain of Fermob whose headquarters and factory are located in Thoissey near Belleville in Ain (half an hour North from Lyon). Fermob's mission is to design and make outdoor furniture which decorates the garden in a relaxed and convivial way. Fermob furniture has an added creative value, it is of high quality, and is attractive, comfortable and affordable. Two words epitomize Fermob furniture: Outdoor Lounge. Fermob furniture is part of the pleasure gained from the positive effects of nature. The company was taken over in 1990 by Bernard Reybier, who graduated from EM LYON in 1975.In 1990 there were only 20 employees, today 200 people are employed by Fermob, including designers, workers, quality controllers, sales representatives and marketers.
[...] o People, who worked on the chain of painting, work in whereas in others parts there is only 2 work-team Part II: the supply chain - Raw materials arrive: sheet metal. For its furniture, Fermob has chosen to use metal, the "ideas material", as Gustave Eiffel called it, won over by the many ways of using it. The metals used are top-grade steel or aluminum. Innovations developed by the car industry mean that today they can be used in all weathers. [...]
[...] We also find pieces of furniture in the Baltry Park in New York, and in some hotels in Japan. As far as retailers are concerned, there are two different ways. On one hand they own two stores in Paris and Marseille, because they aim at understanding problems of retailers, knowing better the market, and having a contact with final customers. On the other hand, they work with an independent network of retailers in France, but also with some groups such as Jardiland. [...]
[...] recycled to over 95% in most countries The other materials such as Outdoor Technical Fabrics are also recyclable Wood used only for Bistro Natural seats and Piazza Caffè range- comes entirely from European managed forests, through selected suppliers holding PEFC certification The paint contains no heavy metals, which optimizes the recyclability of Fermob furniture. It is applied in a zero-emissions installation which is one of the most efficient in Europe. All other waste is sorted for disposal. In this connection, Fermob was one of the first furniture companies to sign the SERPOL convention on the collection and disposal of specific waste. [...]
[...] Then, they hang the gross pieces and pieces of aluminum, which they outsourced in Asia, and they automatically go through a rust-proofing tunnel: jets throw special products. Then they go through the painting process. The painting is automatic pistols by electrostatism): the powder sticks on the chairs and tables, but two men check they are well painted all over. This Fermob-exclusive process is one of the most efficient plants in Europe. Two treatments are proposed: a High Protection Index 13 treatment in 13 stages and a Very High Protection Index 22, or cataphoresis for use in very humid or saline climates. [...]
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