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Proferro has more than eighty years of experience in co-engineering, castings, machining, assembly, and the testing of mechanical components. Proferro offers engineered casting solutions for medium-sized series of 500 to 20,000 pieces, in a long-term partnership context. Proferro supplies original equipment manufacturers worldwide in various market segments such as agricultural machinery, earthmoving machinery, compressors, textile machinery, and general mechanical engineering. Proferro has its headquarters in Ieper (Belgium) and it employs more than 600 people.
Proferro is part of Picanol Group, a business unit of Tessenderlo Group (Euronext: TESB). Tessenderlo Group is a global industrial group that focuses on agriculture, valorizing bio-residuals, machinery, mechanical engineering, electronics, energy, and industrial solutions for water management. At the heart of the strategy of the group lies the conviction that “Every Molecule Counts”: in everything Tessenderlo Group does, it seeks to further valorize its products and its processes, and to add value. For more information about Tessenderlo Group, please visit www.tessenderlo.com.
What we stand for
Our strategy is based on three pillars: casting, machining, and assembly. We provide engineered casting solutions for medium-sized, high-quality series. This strategy is personalized through sales, co-engineering, and other services, such as e-supply, quality control, logistics, and sourcing. At Proferro, we want to offer our customers maximum added value and contribute to their success. With more than 100 CNC operated machines we also provide machining and assembly of cast iron parts, ensuring a complete solution for our customers. By combining casting, mechanical finishing, assembly, and co-design, we are able to successfully cater to the growing demand for larger, more technically challenging core-intensive parts.
We care for the environment, health and safety of our employees
Care for the environment forms an essential part of corporate policy. At Proferro, we systematically take account of the environment in our operating processes, and we try to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment by constantly paying close attention to energy consumption, waste management, etc. Proferro processes scrap iron for the production of new castings. Therefore, Proferro does not consume any iron ore. By doing so, we can realize energy savings of 65%. In addition, Picanol-Proferro joined the Benchmarking Covenant.
The health and safety of our employees are also of great concern to Proferro, and this includes such aspects as ergonomics, accident prevention, and protection on the work floor. Numerous safety questions are examined and dealt with each year in collaboration with the Committee for Prevention, Protection and Welfare at Work. One important part of the policy is the voluntary participation of many members of personnel, including first aiders, the internal fire brigade, and the safety monitors who ensure that the necessary training courses are given on an annual basis in each department.
Quality in both our products and services
Quality is built into our products and services - from the development and planning, all the way through to procurement, production, assembly, testing, and training services. In 1994, Proferro obtained the ISO 9001 certificate, which confirmed our role as a trendsetter in the quality assurance field in our sector.
We appeal, amongst other things, to process controls and final inspection: spectrometric analysis, thermal analysis, ultrasonic testing, mechanical testing, micrography, and 3D control systems. Furthermore, we are certified by various inspection bodies to provide test certificates for cast iron vessels. At Proferro, we also focus on ensuring World Class Manufacturing. Consequently, with the help of all our employees, we are continually striving to eliminate losses and become a world-class company.