At FORGINAL, I am in charge of implementing and monitoring internal audits, quality procedures, and continuous improvement in the tooling department and in the design office. I am also a member of the company's committee for health and safety at work. Although the atmosphere can sometimes be a big rough and ready in this very male environment, I like the frank, direct approach. When we work together, we make progress together.
It’s a job you never get bored with.The company is dynamic and has a lot of know-how. It’s a great school of life.
I got into forging by chance, but since I've been here I've done loads of training courses for the job. I love it. I was trained by my "older" colleagues. When they retire, I hope to take their place, so that I can take my turn to train new employees.
My role as export sales rep is to realize our international customers’ forging projects. Going from an idea to small and medium-sized production runs; to do so, you need to listen to customers, advise and support them, be the interface between process engineering, the design office and production.
I like that you have to adapt to each sector and each customer as well as being in the profession of forging which is one of the oldest but one which is also definitely part of the future.
I appreciate the dynamic of Forginal which continues its investments with the arrival of robotics on its production lines. In our workshops, old practices and historical know-how coexist with new technologies.
Manuel RIBEIRO AZEVEDO
I work in the cold workshop. I am pretty versatile – I do grinding, sizing, straightening and finishing of parts. The work isn't always easy, but there is a good atmosphere, which I like.
I was in charge of installing the information management system. 15 years ago, I started to work with the logistics department. Now I am responsible for all production launches, the organisation of the workflows in the workshops and the manufacturing lead times. You have to be very organised!
I am the manager of the design office which is responsible for making parts, from their computer-aided design through to their series production. I like what I do because it is one of those rare jobs where you go from a simple "lump of metal" to a finished part which requires a high degree of precision.
I started working in forging when I was 18, because there were a lot of forges in the area. At the beginning I didn't know anything about the job. But I do now, having worked in the field for more than 20 years. I've never changed. I joined FORGINAL 15 years ago. I knew people there and they suggested I came. I work to earn a living, like everyone, but I like forging.
"I am responsible for all the production machines. There are a lot of maintenance levels, involving both prevention and repair. You have to be able to adapt to each machine we have and know them by heart. But you still learn something new every day! I am in touch with all the guys on the ground, and also in direct contact with the boss.
At the beginning I was a furnace operator bringing billets up to the right temperature, then I worked in trimming and drop forging on 8,000 and 13,000 kg double-acting power hammers. It was very hard work. Now I work on much smaller power hammers. I like hammering parts. I have always enjoyed my work, even though it's hot and noisy. Forging, it's my thing.
I enjoy working as a team and working with the various departments to ensure customer satisfaction and business growth. I am very proud to be able to contribute to the success of Forginal as a sales assistant and to contribute to the spread of Thiernois know-how in a variety of environments such as hydraulic fittings, defense parts, transport parts and hip prostheses.