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André Frei was one of the
pioneers of local industry when in 1956 he decided to found his own
tungsten-carbide tooling factory. Today, under the direction of his son
Christian Frei, the family firm, which employs 20 people, is continuing
to expand and is turning to new markets.
With the industrial activities of the
firm growing fast, following the example of its product range, André
Frei set up a workshop at Sur-le-Bennevis in 1968. His 2 sons joined the
team in the seventies, which provided the opportunity for an efficient
restructuring of the expanding business. According to their particular
training, Luc - the eldest - became technical manager, responsible for
R&D and quality and Christian took on the post of administrative manager,
responsible for marketing and exports.
A family business...
In 1986, André Frei & Fils, the company's new name, bought the premises
of the Lauber factory in Court, which it has already enlarged twice, in
1990 and 1995. The firm's plant is regularly modernised to keep up with
developments in the field : CNC machine tools for lathe work and
3-dimensional machining which is particularly useful for undertaking the
complete manufacture of mechanical parts according to drawing. The range
of products has also grown considerably. The business still produces
feed fingers for automatic lathes of practically all listed brands,
rotating tips, push rods, wheel carriers, sleeves and chucks, stops and
nuts and bolts, clips, tungsten-carbide jaws, gears for gearboxes, etc.
One department occupying nearly a third of the new annexe manufactures
cam blanks in cast-iron and steel for all types of machinery.
... at the top of
quality and precision
André Frei & Fils is continuing to diversify and expand. For example, it
bought up the
of precision measuring instruments in 1996, for which it will in future
take care of the development, manufacture, sale and after-sales service.
Interested in the reorientation of his career, Luc leavesthe family firm
in October 2000. This change entails the set up of a new judicial statute
for the society which becomes so a limited company with this company's
new name "André Frei & Fils SA". Today, the objective of the family
managementis to maintain its high level of know how, reinforce the
quality of its services - particularly in terms of keeping to deadlines
and maintaining stock levels -, and make progress in new export markets.