Fremax achieves international certification in environmental managementView more
Fremax, one of the Fras-le companies, obtained the international ISO 14.001:2015 certification in Environmental Management Systems. Thus, the company qualifies its industrial management processes, seeking continuous improvement with sustainability. With a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Joinville (SC), Fremax manufactures and distributes auto parts for light and medium duty commerical vehicles.
The process for obtaining certification was initiated in January 2020 and the final audit, which ensured compliance with regulatory requirements, took place on July 30. ISO 14001:2015 specifies requirements for the implementation and operation of an Environmental Management System (SGA) in organizations. "Throughout the process, our responsible team has developed planning measures, permanent updating of controls and legal requirements of industrial processes, and actions to engage management and operational teams with the environmental commitments made," explains Fremax Director Julio Silva.
"Fremax is recognized for its quality and safety in the automotive market, in which it already operates. This certification allows us to obtain new opportunities in markets and countries that require a level of excellence, that demonstrates our commitment to quality and sustainability throughout the production process, with respect to the environment", highlights the director of non-friction products and investor relations at Fras-le, Hemerson de Souza.
Among the actions of engagement and environmental education developed throughout the certification process, the environmental aspects and impacts of the organization were raised and the team's training was carried out. An environmental guide was prepared and communication pieces were installed throughout the manufacturing unit.
A thematic design contest was also held on the subject of environment and sustainability, with the collaboration of children, they promoted the identification and cataloguing of trees maintained in the facility, to stimulate knowledge and expand the preservation of plant life, in addition to the distribution of an environmental themed calendar and ecological bags. The Fremax team also created a collaborative vegetable garden, built with reused wooden pallets and packaging, which is also being maintained regularly by the employees themselves.
With more than 30 years of operation, and acquired by Fras-le in 2018, Fremax produces premium auto parts, such as brake discs and drums and wheel hubs. The brand is the official supplier of brake discs used in Stock Car Brazil, Old Stock Race, GT Sprint Race, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and Mercedes-Benz Challenge. In addition to the production unit located in Brazil, the company maintains distribution centers in Argentina and the Netherlands.
Randon Companies official position on CoronavirusView more
Starting next Monday, March 23rd, Randon Companies will adopt a collective vacation regime for the next 20 days for business units staff installed in Caxias do Sul. The measure covers Randon Implementos, Randon Veículos, Fras-le, Jost, Master, Suspensys and Castertech. In other units of the company, located in other regions, the settings may vary according to the local scenario.
Banco Randon and Randon Consórcios will maintain home office regime, already in force.
Randon Companies understands that the current moment should be focused exclusively on the health of its employees, family members and community with the utmost care and commitment. This measure adds to the series of initiatives that have been taken by the company since January.
The company continues to pay attention to the scenario to act with effective measures at the necessary speed. Additional information will be shared at any change. The company reinforces that there will be shifts at minimum quota for emergency situations.
Randon Companies' Positioning on Prevention Measures to Help Combat Covid-19View more
Randon Companies, aware of the social and economic role they play in the communities where they operate, work on preventive actions that help combat the proliferation of Covid-19. Since January, when the cases started in China, the issue has been addressed, including the fact that Fras-le, one of the administrated companies of Randon Companies, has a unit in that country.
The company understands that the moment is one of care and commitment to the health and well-being of its employees and the communities where they are present. Therefore, as of this Wednesday, March 18, for the units located in the Brazilian territory, new procedures are being added to the many already adopted:
It has already been used as an alternative for employees who have returned from travel and are in home guard. It can now be extended to the following situations:
People over 60 whose function allows them to act remotely.
Employees who have no one to leave their children with - be it the mother or father (in case the child's school has closed). Cases are being evaluated one by one by the managers.
This criterion will be adopted when there is no possibility of the employee acting in a home office and he is in at least one of the groups below:
People over 60 years old even if they are healthy.
Employees with school-age children who have no one to leave them with, as assessed by the manager - be it the mother or father.
Randon Companies have adopted a risk group a little wider than the one oriented by the World Health Organization (WHO), because they believe that there are other audiences that need to be looked at more closely. This public has the following characteristics:
People over 60 years old even if they are healthy.
People who are immunosuppressed, asthmatic, hypertensive, cardiac, diabetic, smokers, have cancer or pregnant women, regardless of age. For these, what is indicated is that, in case of doubts, consult their doctors for evaluation - the company has its own health service available. The company will follow medical advice.
The company continues with its operations, manufacturing activities and responsibilities, contributing to maintain local and global economic sustainability, with the operation of relevant sectors of the entire production chain, such as transportation, pharmaceutical and food industries, as well as occurring in other countries, which continue with manufacturing activities.
Randon Companies also clarify the main measures taken since January in this matter:
A preventive campaign against respiratory infections;
Availability of a prevention kit (antibacterial gel, disposable tissues, and masks) before trips;
Sending masks and thermometers to employees in China (Case of Fras-le’s unit in China);
Home isolation for professionals who have returned from international trips, or from Brazilian cities where there is already local transmission, and medical follow-up as needed;
Cancellation of international trips, a measure established since the beginning of March.
National and regional trips are restricted, especially in cases of cities where there is local contagion;
Face-to-face meetings, such as meetings and training sessions are being replaced by videoconferences;
Cancellation or postponement of internal and external events held by Randon companies;
Increase in the supply of antibacterial gel for employees, mainly in restaurants, accesses and changing rooms;
Reinforcement in the sanitation of shared spaces, such as bathrooms, changing rooms, restaurants and employee transport vehicles;
Restricted access for face-to-face visits in companies;
Periodic dissemination of information and guidelines on Covid-19 prevention;
Anticipation of the vaccination campaign against H1N1 flu, which, although it does not prevent Covid-19, but helps in the correct diagnosis.
In the case of determinations by public, municipal or state authorities that require different actions, the company will adapt. The same criterion is used, when necessary, for units in other countries.
The company knows and accompanies, together with the medical teams, the workers who present some type of symptoms, as well as other contexts that can affect their equipment. They still have committees to study additional precautionary actions or that are accompanying the scenario so that measures can be taken effectively at the necessary speed.
Updated on March 18, 2020 at 1:30pm.
Photo: Magrão Scalco
Fremax attended Estonia Grand Prix 2018View more
Last weekend, June 30th and July 1st, FREMAX proudly attended The North European Zone round â€œEstonian Grand Prix 2018â€ for touring cars at Auto24ring in beautiful and sunny PÃ¤rnu, Estonia.
FREMAX was honored to be Silver sponsor of the event and welcomed partners from all over Baltic States and Finland. Six racers were driving with FREMAX brake discs, showing brilliant results - Multiple Championship winner Raimo Kulli (Porsche GT3, Estonia), Thomas Padovani (BMW Xtreme, Estonia) and JÄnis Vanks (Hankook Trophy National class, Latvia) were the fastest drivers in their classes while Finnish drivers Juha Huhtala / Markus GrÃ¶nthal, were second in the overall round!
BMX Xtreme class participants are driving with FREMAX brake discs for over 3 years now. According to EST1 Racing team representative, Raimo Kulli, their succeses are partly due to the superior quality of FREMAX products. â€œThe main advantage of driving with FREMAX is that braking distance is significant shorter compared to other brake discs,â€ says Raimo.
"My team is also successfully using FREMAX Porsche brake discs. For example during my races last weekend in PÃ¤rnu and my team's 24H race last season, was again proved that FREMAX brake discs give us much better durability and efficiency of the brake system.â€, mentioned Raimo.
FREMAX is news the WordPressView more
Fremax's production process is a worldwide benchmark. It is well know that foundry, machining, packaging, storage, distribution and sales undergoes rigorous processes that make Fremax Brake Disc the best on the market. All of this quality has just been an exclusive issue in Autopart Asia Magazine, where Fremax CEO, Carlos AndrÃ© Birckholz, tells us a little bit about the company.
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Automechanika Dubai 2015View more
On June 2 – 4 Fremax attended Automechanika Dubai, one of the main trade shows in the Middle East. Besides presenting the whole portfolio of Brake discs and drums, that counts with more than 1,500 different part numbers to 55,000 applications, Fremax also presented the new Fremax App – a multi-language off line catalog to smart phones, available on Android and iOS – and the new packaging generation. The high number of key buyers and decision makers attending the exhibition made the show an important source of new business contacts.