Business Site Holic awarded by Hyster-Yale Group

Business Site Holic has been awarded by Hyster-Yale in the category of "quality" and granted the 2015 Supplier Award for the excellent quality, supplied to Hyster-Yale at the Nijmegen (NL) plant. This award is especially rewarding as the fantastic result of “0” defect deliveries during the year 2015, which was the first year of cabin deliveries to Hyster-Yale in both companies’ co-operation. Hyster-Yale invited five European suppliers to attend the award ceremony in Troon, Scotland to receive awards in the different categories. Location was great; supplier company presentations were given and success stories introduced. The award ceremony was a highlight to the Fortaco team.

This is not only boosting the continued motivation to supply top quality, but also a milestone for Fortaco with the first supplier award during its' young history.

Many thanks to Hyster-Yale for the trust and great co-operation and congratulations to the Fortaco team, which made this possible!

2016 BAUMA

Fortaco is participating at 2016 Bauma Exhibition for the first time in the history. The Exhibition offers a great opportunity to see the latest from the construction equipment market world-wide. This is the hotspot of the industry at the moment and a great place to have interesting discussions with the leading industry experts. You can find Fortaco in Hall A6:508, see you there.


On April 11th BAUMA 2016 open its doors

Fortaco will be represented for the first time at Bauma in 2016. We warmly invite you to visit our team in Hall A6, booth A6.508.

Conception to delivery

The ability to effortlessly leverage a huge amount of experience gained in the off-highway sector - to help ‘give birth’ to electric buses and military vehicles – is the mark of a true one-stop-shop.

Boasting strengths are encompassing complete machine assembly, operator cabins, machining services and welded steel components, Fortaco manufactures in 10 business sites across Eastern Europe and Finland, providing its customers with industry best value. Fortaco aims to be the most professional and reliable partner, with total commitment to safety, quality and operational excellence.

Its customers benefit from the comprehensive project work for complete one-stop-shop service
solutions for steel fabrications, operator cabins and assembly. Fortaco’s services offer tremendous benefits for outsourcing of small and medium series, or by providing an external production satellite option. The cabin business, in particular, from simple over head guards up to full plug-and-play cabins, is one of the key success factors.

Two recent success stories are noteworthy. One is the cooperation with the Finnish bus maker Linkker to manufacture a fully electrical driven city bus, based on Linkker design and technology. The other is the BAE Systems All-Terrain Vehicle, Beowulf, presented at the Defence Exhibition in London, UK, last September. Both projects serve to demonstrate the company’s enormous experience in cabin development and manufacturing, as well as assembly services.

For Linkker, the cooperation started with a joint workshop defining the project target, content and timeline. This was new ground for both parties, as Fortaco’s experience comes from the off-highway market, but the principles in the planning of the manufacturing processes and tools, to identify and align suppliers and to define QHSE rules and preparing staffing models based on project progress and expected ramp-up, are common.

The cooperation included a full-scale content model for Fortaco, with full responsibility for sourcing, logistics management and ownership of material and assembly. The project was started in May 2015 and the first bus will be delivered in May 2016, a tremendous effort by both teams. Kimmo Erkkilä, CEO of Linkker, described it in a nutshell: “With an electric bus we are building the solution of the future, so to bring our ideas into reality, we needed a manufacturing partner who redefines its field too. The broad spectrum of expertise at Fortaco brings new ideas, increased efficiency and quality into the process.”

Combined effort

The Beowulf project with BAE was a completely different task - but just as demanding. The design emerged by combining the ideas and requirements of BAE with the experience of the Fortaco’s CabTech team. The vehicle serves multiple purposes, so the design and interior as well as the exterior concept needed to consider not only military, but also civilian requirements.

The result was a ‘poetry in motion’ appearance of the new BAE BVS10 Beowulf all-terrain vehicle. Intensive industrial design, 3D modelling, FEM analysis of HVAC system and cabin frame strength, as well as the design of the electrics and CANbus control system for the full vehicle, were part of the project tasks that Fortaco provided as a service to BAE.

Building the first prototype of both the front and rear cabin was a challenge. With no room for delay, BAE provided certain parts of the vehicle to Fortaco’s prototype workshop in its Kurikka, Finland, facility, while Fortaco had to line up its suppliers to be ready when needed. The result was rewarding - both presented a product to the market that is not only an eye-catching design reference, but also a technical highlight with unique features for the purpose for which it was designed.

Fortaco had once again proved to be a reliable partner, with the expertise to support its customers on the spot and with a total commitment to safety, quality and operational excellence.

Jochen Adam-Mueller is VP Sales Central Europe & Business Unit Assembly within Fortaco Group and has over 15 years' experience in the off-highway market.

FORTACO - Hall A6 Stand 508

At BAUMA - 4 successful days

Thank you for visiting us at BAUMA 2016. Four interesting days in Munich and a lot of interesting discussions with the industry professionals. The Exhibition has been a success for us, Fortaco is definitely a recognized player among the OEMs in the heavy equipment market. The Exhibition continue until the weekend, there is still time to visit us at our stand in Hall A6:508.