Operator cabin

Guide to quick and cost-effective cabin development

Ensure your cost-efficiency in cabin development. Read our guide to quick and cost-effective cabin development.

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Learn more about Fortaco Group, who we are and what we do. This video gives insights into how our technology know-how, engineering skills and manufacturing facilities for cabins, steel fabrications and vehicle assemblies benefit our customers.

We challenge ourselves to make tomorrow better than today and solve problems faster and at a deeper level than our competitors. We have the right quality, the right delivery accuracy and the right price.

Together we want to reshape the way things are produced.

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High pressure and positive outlook in the manufacturing industry

Thank you for visiting Fortaco at ELMIA!

Fortaco has been exhibiting at Elmia Subcontractor Trade Show in Jönköping for the very first time – and it feels already the place to be.

New production technologies, like additive manufacturing, IoT and digitalization in manufacturing are clearly trending also in the heavy equipment industry.

The manufacturing industry is going by full speed ahead and facing a technological shift which will change society. That was clear when Elmia Subcontractor - Sweden’s biggest industry event - reinforced its position again as the leading marketplace for new business deals.

We were happy to experience a good sprit among the visitors and our fellow colleagues within the industry.

Thank you for making the exhibition a success, see you next year!

Fortaco and GE expanding operations in newly built factory in Wrocław

Dozamel Sp. z o.o. – a company managing Wrocław Industrial Park - has opened a new industrial facility with the production and office spaces. The new building consists of three production halls with the total area of 3.800 m2 and a four-storey office and social building with 2.400m2.

The whole production space in the new building is rented by Fortaco and GE Electric. Fortaco has rented two production halls, in total 2.400 m2 and GE Electric has rented the third production hall, 1.400 m2.

An opening ceremony took place on 6 November, the special guests of the event were:
Andrzej Adamczyk, Minister of Infrastructure and Construction
Paweł Hreniak, Governor of Lower Silesia
Lars Hellberg, President & CEO for Fortaco Group
Beata Stelmach, President of the Management Board, GE Poland and the Baltic States

For the development of Fortaco Business Site in Wrocław the new space is crucial, it will help to follow a market growth and changes, as well as increase machining, welding and assembly capacity.
With the new machining center installed in the first production hall Fortaco can offer high-precision and high-flexibility and cover a wide spectrum of machining requirements requested by our customers. In addition, in the first production hall is located a welding free assembly area for the final assembly processes and further assembly business development.

The second production hall will be filled-in by rotators and fixtures to be used in welding processes that are fulfilling the growing needs for the welding capacity.

In the third production hall GE Electric is doing installation, programming and testing for control cabinets in power industry, including generator and turbine regulator cabinets.

Official ribbon cutting, from left: Paweł Hreniak (Governor of Lower Silesia), Beata Stelmach (President of the Management Board, GE Poland), Andrzej Adamczyk, Kazimierz Smoliński (Vice Minister), Lars Hellberg (President & CEO for Fortaco Group), Pawel Kowalczewski (CEO for Dozamel)

Fortaco is investing in future at Kurikka factory

Fortaco has invested in training and personnel development at Business Site Kurikka during the recent years. We have invested 1.5 M€ in the additional automation on a surface treatment process and a factory lay-out to improve material flow. These investments will increase production efficiency and enable business expansion with new projects and customers in the future.

Fortaco has also invested in a product development, we have opened a new modern product development unit, Kurikka Technology Hub. New premises allow us even more intensive product development and prototyping, and manufacturing of related tools and jigs.

For more information, please contact:

Arto Aro
Managing Director
Fortaco Cabins & Vehicle Assembly, Kurikka

Aki Komulainen
Director, Fortaco Technology

Vehicle Cabin Assembly Line in Fortaco Kurikka Business Site

Benefits of purchasing complete plug and play operator cabin

Quality, cost efficiency and less complexity
A competent and trusted supplier can take care of the entire supply chain for a customer, starting from the understanding of customer needs to the delivery of a serial product. Cabin design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics are the core competencies of a supplier. Processes are optimized to provide the highest quality and to reduce costs and complexity. When purchasing a cabin as a complete plug and play unit cost-effectiveness is even further increased and customer’s own resources are released to core business.

The benefits of outsourcing are not only limited to the cost of material and manufacturing. A service provider is often also responsible for the planning, resourcing and operation of the full supply chain. Several value-adding activities can be provided during the cabin project, these are bundled up into the competitive service package delivered to the customer.

The following activities are examples of what a cabin supplier can provide to an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer):

- Industrial design and cabin concept
- Cabin specification and BOM development
- Cabin technology R&D
- Integration of the cabin into the OEM equipment, e.g. electrics, software etc.
- Cabin documentation for production and maintenance
- Continuous improvements and maintenance
- Sourcing of materials and components including development of supply chain
- Maintaining quality standards and documentation
- Production planning and management
- Warehousing and logistics solutions
- Aftermarket services

A cabin supplier can provide extensive know-how and expertise to the customer by offering long-term perspective and a wide spectrum of services that positively reflect to the quality and cost-level of a product and remove the complexity from the OEM to handle.

A competent supplier continuously improves products and processes, leading to a higher quality and reducing Total Cost of Ownership.

“Our key target is to make our customers’ life easier by finding quick solutions when problems occur. While at the same time, we are constantly developing general ideas for product improvements to avoid future quality issues. We are flexible and capable to implement changes in all details in a short period of time, while actively working with customers to improve the quality level or our products. Customers expect our continuous support to improve their products, reduce cost and smoothen the supply chain”, underlines Juha Juvonen, Technical Manager at Fortaco.

Boosting of manufacturing and product management
Efficiency in manufacturing and related processes is one of the greatest advantages a cabin supplier can provide to its’ customers. Manufacturing automatization provided by a supplier improves quality, adds value in efficiency, offers cost-reduction potential while reducing production time and increasing flexibility to customer demands. “We aim to automatize production with modern welding robots and assembly tools. A large investment offers us long-term benefits, while for many of our customers it’s not a sustainable solution due to low production volume and utilization rate”, summarizes Tomi Metsä-Ketelä, Fortaco Sales Manager.

A cabin may include up to 1.000 – 1.500 different parts and a sourcing work requires constant supplier management, quality reviews, logistics documentation, tracking and handling of material. Outsourcing of such a work to a specialized cabin supplier provides an OEM customer with a reliable level of delivery accuracy and quality for a competitive product. “The complexity of material procurement can be seen when we manage material purchasing, storage, documentation and quality inspection on behalf of our customer. This way the customer can order a fully assembled and ready-made cabin with a single line item”, Tomi Metsä-Ketelä explains.

Supplier's logistic competence is a guarantee of continuous production
For the customer's production flow the deliveries just-in-time or just-in-sequence are crucial. Supplier flexibility releases inventory and storage space at the customer end. Logistical arrangements, such as VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) are getting more in the focus.

“By using Lean methodologies and shortened production times we assure quick and continuous cabin deliveries, but when needed, we can also provide VMI arrangements through a third party service providers. VMI is a solution we are using for long distance deliveries, for example to the US or even in Europe, to compensate long transport times”, says Juha Juvonen.

Commonality brings clear savings for customers
“We are continuously aiming to standardize components used in cabins we manufacture to increase their usage more widely and to benefit from the scale effect. We have also centralized our procurement channels, implemented common sourcing categories and supplier management processes to improve our competitiveness further. By offering common and proven technical solutions at a competitive price we can mutually benefit with our customers”, Tomi Metsä-Ketelä explains.

Key benefits when outsourcing cabin production
- Enable customers to focus on their core business.
- Turn fixed costs to variable costs and reduce capital employed.
- Increase operational flexibility.
- Improve efficiency of core in-house manufacturing processes by reducing complexity.

Fortaco at ELMIA trade show 14-17 November

Northern Europe's leading subcontracting trade show 14-17 November 2017 in Jönköping, Sweden

Elmia Subcontractor fair brings together manufacturing industry experts under the one and same roof. Fortaco team is excited about an opportunity to meet all our customers and other stakeholders at the fair, you can find us at a booth D03:14.

Fortaco mission is to reshape the way things are produced. During the recent years Fortaco has been focusing on our core competences: Operator Cabins, Steel Fabrications, Vehicle Assembly and Technology. Fortaco has a wide industrial knowledge across different industries. Now we are expanding our technology know-how into steel fabrications as well. Everything from design to manufacturing is included in our concept.

Please come and visit us, the Fortaco crew is happy to tell you more about an unique opportunity to take the full advantage from design to cost.

Good vibes at Subcontracting Fair in Tampere

Tampere 2017 Subcontracting Fair is now over, and we would like to thank you all, who visited our booth or joined us in our events during the three days.

It was a pleasure to see and sense a positive atmosphere among exhibitors and visitors. Fortaco message is clearly well received and it is a good momentum to continue to make tomorrow better than today.

Fortaco wishes everybody a prosperous autumn !

Tervetuloa - Welcome to Subcontracting Fair

Subcontracting Fair 2017 has been kicked off. You can find us in the main hall, booth A630.


Alihankinta 2017 -messut on avattu. Löydät meidät päähallista, standiltä A630.

Kalmar awarded Fortaco as Partner of Year 2017

Fortaco was awarded as Partner of Year 2017 at Kalmar’s Supplier Day in Szczecin, Poland.
Great work has been done at Fortaco Business Sites in Holic, Janow Lubelski, Kurikka, Narva and Wroclaw.

Recognizion was also given to Fortaco CabTech team for the great work during the last year.
Picture from left: Lars Hellberg, President & CEO, Fortaco Group, June Aiello, Senior Vice President, Sourcing, Kalmar, Erik Gustafsson, Key Account Manager, Fortaco, Antti Kaunonen, President & CEO Kalmar.