Effective April 8, 2019, Marco Schiavon has been appointed CEO of Forel North America. As CEO, Schiavon will oversee the operations at the St. Paul, Minnesota and Toronto, Ontario locations.
Schiavon has been employeed at Forel for over 30 years and has gained extensive experience in the glass industry. During his career, Schiavon has held various positions of responsibility within the organization. Schiavon has extensive experience within the North American market, an area that has always been a strategic focus for Forel.
With the aim to focus on further company development in North America and to offer customers in the U.S. and Canada an increasingly efficient customer service, both before the purchase and after installation it was decided to entrust the management of the North American branch to Schiavon.
“Schiavon has a clear understanding of our customers’ needs and has establishmed long lasting relationships with our customers,” says Riccardo Vianello, Chaiman of the Board of Directors.
Here below the Organization Chart of Forel NA:
Marco Schiavon – CEO Forel North America
Christine Wilson – CFO
Troy Lentner – U.S. Area Manager
Nick Eue – U.S. Service Manager
Owen Allen – Canada Service Manager & Sales Support
Riccardo Vianello - Serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. Since the founding of Forel North America in 2013, Riccardo Vianello has played a central role in the development and success of the North American branch, in which he is still fully involved.
"Everything is based on the quality that a glass company can offer. Superior quality allows you to connect with higher-level customers and access higher-level orders. How do you achieve quality? On the one hand, you rely on the skills and know-how of your company and employees; on the other hand, you capitalize on the tools you decide to use."
These are the words of Mr. Roberto Pastore, owner of Vetrodomus (Brescia - Italy). His company, founded over 50 years ago, is now one of the leading European companies in the large pane processing sector. With over 70 employees and a production area of 13,000 m², the company is specialised in the production of glazing for facade applications and shipbuildings. Vetrodomus was among one ot the first companies to believe in Forel's “No Limits” IGU line project, which led to the development of insulating glass lines capable of processing extra-jumbo sized glass sheets.
"We needed to increase our productivity," says Pastore, "by adding a new insulating glass line to the two existing lines. Our top priority was for high performance (the ability to handle heavy weights and support significant thicknesses and offsets) to correspond to a good level of labor productivity. We were familiar with Forel because we had already purchased a vertical edge processing line (grinding, milling and drilling, washing machine) and part of an insulating glass line, so we decided to work with them to explore a system that could go beyond the standard formats. Having made the decision to invest, we opted to do so by opening ourselves up to new possibilities. This led us to the “No Limits” line. We considered this choice carefully and in the end it proved to be a winner. The line entered into production two years ago and has been advancing quickly. It has superior performance characteristics and has given us access to substantial orders.”
Mr. Maurizio Capello, Production Manager at Vetrodomus, played an important role in selecting and assessing the line: "We are very scrupulous in the evaluation of the machines that are proposed to us," explains Mr. Capello. "We were looking for a flexible solution that could assemble units for the international facade market. Our customers, mainly Groups that operate internationally, are very demanding in terms of accuracy and quality of the finished product. As for Forel, we have always appreciated the robustness stemming from the monoblock structure that distinguishes their products. And the fact that they are made in Italy is synonymous with quality. Having made these preliminary considerations, we then compared the performance and functionality of the “No Limits“ line with the other lines on the market. We conducted a detailed analysis, which demonstrated that the Forel brand had made significant progress from a technological point of view. We decided to put our trust in the No Limits line and we made the right choice."
We end our meeting with Vetrodomus with a final question for Mr. Roberto Pastore: In a competitive and increasingly technologically advanced context like the current glass market, what strategies must a company implement to excel?
“In order to become suppliers of certain customers, you need to invest on different levels and work towards continuous improvement. To be a true leader requires efficient and effective management of the company's business processes and ongoing cultivation of staff know-how through suitable training. Vetrodomus, in addition to the certification of its Quality Management System, has always worked in this direction by implementing its own quality controls on products and processes. Likewise, the company is diligent in adhering to customer protocols, which are increasingly specific and demanding. Obviously, all this is complemented by the machinery. By investing on both fronts, Vetrodomus has increased its productivity and raised the bar on its objectives, enabling the company to approach a very high-level clientele now."
Forel will attend to Mir Stekla 2019 (Moscow), the main exhibition dedicated to glass products, equipment and technologies for glass making and processing in Russia.
Russia is a strategic market for Forel: through Forel Russia, the company have just accomplished many important projects for leader companies in glass processing.
Forel booth at Mir Stekla will be at Pav. F, Hall C, Stand 082. Forel staff will present the latest developments related to the automatic insulating glass machinery, with specific reference to the recent projects for JUMBO and "NO LIMITS" special lines, as well as describe in detail the technologies characterizing the vertical machines for glass seaming, grinding, polishing, drilling and milling. Furthermore, Forel staff will be available to illustrate all the process features of the vertical cutting line for laminated glass, the lamination line and the automatic systems for storing, handling, sorting and monitoring the glass sheets.
The glass balustrades of the Tour Odeon Skyscraper of the Principality of Monaco, the interior of the Doha Airport in Qatar, the new BBC Headquarter, the facades of the Manchester University in the U.K., the glasses for the Winter Garden in the “Shard” tower of London and for the cruise ships of Costa Crociere, Princess, Carnival Cruise Lines…
These are just a few projects accomplished by Formator, glass factory from Rijeka (Croatia). The company employs approx. 70 people and it is focused on special glass installations (laminated, tempered, curved, serigraphy, etc.) to be used in innovative buildings, following very straight quality requirements.
“Our company was established 15 years ago” explains the owner Mr. Robert Miklus “From the very beginning we started competing in the international market, offering superior quality and precision. Our glasses are now in some of the most innovative and luxurious architectures in the world: buildings where the tolerance limits for the glasses are near zero”
For the edging, drilling and milling of the glasses, Formator uses a vertical processing line by Forel. The line is composed by the edging machine Art. EM (for seaming, grinding and polishing), the drilling and milling machine Art. DM and the washing machine Art. VW.
Why did you choose the Forel line, made up of three different machines, instead of a single machine which collects together the different processes?
“Because we needed the highest possible precision and we found it just in this line. We are experiencing a trend of continuous research of innovation and originality in the architecture: actually, there is an impressive creative impulse from designers and architects. When we receive an order for an innovative project, it is never a “standard” order, with the same “recipe” for 100, 1.000 or more glass sheets. Architects order glasses to compose their creations and every sheet could have different size: the final effect requires the maximum precision. Think about serigraphy: sometimes we received orders for huge quantities of different laminated glass panes with serigraphy on both sheets. All the glasses will be placed to create a graphic design; therefore, all the panes have to be extremely precise.
Another common case is the “glass fins” orders. These orders are for laminated glass panes of 2-3 sheets that are very long and tight (up to 4 m x 400 mm), with up to 20 holes per sheet. That means possibly up to 60 holes. If after the lamination process just one hole is not placed in the correct position, the pane has to be discarded. Minimum errors cause not only time and material waste but also a critical delay for the customers”.
How does the Forel Edge Processing line meet your needs?
“Both the edging, with its patented glass sheet holder feature, and the drilling machine, with its system of fixed and adjustable suction cups, offer an outstanding stability during the processing. The machines are be very flexible and work at high productivity always guaranteeing quality and repeatability. And that is exactly what we need.
At first, we were looking just for a drilling machine: we discarded the horizontal solutions, because of the difficulties in the glass positioning and the impossibility to put the drilling machine in line with the traditional edging machinery. So, we started considering brands which offer vertical all-in-one solutions, but we were not convinced about performance and quality. Then, we heard that Forel was designing a new vertical line for edging, drilling and milling and we decided to wait. That was a wise decision: in the last two years, the line has been working without interruption 24/7. The productivity about shaped and special glasses is quadrupled, giving full satisfaction to us first and foremost, but above all to our customers”.
Your core business is “special projects”. That means that you are not processing “common” or low quantity orders?
“Not at all. Indeed, with this line we can be more flexible and manage every kind of request. In the past, when we were working on a big project, it was difficult to put into production new orders in our schedule. Now, instead, the higher performance of our machinery makes everything easier”.
And what about the future?
“We are now in a very positive trend: our adaptability and high-quality standards have been recognized. During 2019 we will enlarge our Rijeka plant with additional 3.000 square meters. We have already ordered a new edging machine and a new washing machine. These new machines will work in line processing those sheets that only need to be polished. Obviously, they will be from FOREL”.
Forel, italian brand of machinery for glass processing, will attend at Windoor Tech-Budma 2019 in Poznam (Poland) from 12th to 15th of February.
The company, at the Punto Italia in Hall 8 (stand 38), will meet glassworkers and visitors to present its best solutions. These include the EM-DM edging/drilling/milling line; the VC02 vertical line for cutting of laminated glass (up to Jumbo size); and the exclusive SS Sorting System, for a safe and efficient automated glass handling. The Forel range of products offers also a wide catalogue of products for the insulating glass sector, from standard to extra-Jumbo sizes.
"Poland is a strategic market, where we've developed many important projects" explains Carlo Zuccarello, area manager "For this reason, we decide to attend at Windoor Tech-Budma, as a main event for the construction business in Poland".
The new video of the Forel Coupling Press with Gas Filling - "No Limits" version - is online. For successfully process extra Jumbo size, the Coupling Press has been upgraded with many new features to ensure high processing quality.
For a uniform a filling, the machine has been equipped with an exclusive retractable suction cups system, also on the rear surface, to straighten any possible curvatures of big size laminated and/or tempered glasses.
The coupling press can process insulating glass units of up to 3 chambers, and it is also equipped with a double circuit for the gas emission: it can therefore use two different products for filling the chambers (argon/krypton). The gas filling system is self-adjusting and can regulate the emission along the glass length, optimizing wastes.
The Art. APG - NL is also capable of pressing stepped units with up to 1000 mm of horizontal offset and 250 mm of vertical offset, thanks to the continuous bottom support assured by the independent conveyor belts with load capacity of up to 350 kg by linear meter.
The "No Limits" IG Lines range by Forel is the new solution developed for processing insulated panes up to 15 meters of length, following the usual standards of precision and reliability of Forel machinery.
Look at the Art. APG- NL into operation:
3.000 square meters: this is the sizes of the new plant opened by Forel in Italy. It is the third one, established to answer to the growing number of orders coming from all over the world.
For Forel, brand of machinery for processing flat and insulated glass, is an important goal, consequence of the good answer coming from the market.
In addition to the three productive plants in Italy, the company owns commercial branches in Usa and in Russia, and has a salesforce of 25 partner agencies all over the world.
The new plant is located in Venice area and has been inaugurated at the end of 2018. It will be dedicated to the production of machinery for edge processing (edger machines, drilling and milling machines and washing machines) and of sorting systems (integrated solutions for automatically handling and moving the glass sheets inside the production area).
At the same time, the Forel Headquarters in Treviso is being enlarged for other 10.000 square meters, to obtain a bigger production area. The site will be focused on the production of machinery for insulating glass, laminating and vertical cutting.
“The opening of our third plant and the enlargement of the headquarter are consequences of a positive trend” explains Fortunato Vianello, Founder and CEO of Forel “The market appreciates our products and orders are worldwide growing. Also in a moment when many companies move abroad their production, our choice is to continue offering our customer a technology invented, developed and manufactured in Italy”.
The next week Forel will attend at VETECO 2018 exhibition in Madrid, Spain.
A benchmark European event for the Window, Façade & Sun Protection Systems sector, VETECO will boast a new area with its own identity, VETECO GLASS, an exhibition area destined for the entire glass industry and value chain.
Forel will displayes the Edging Machine Art. EM, one of its most appreciate solutions: the Art. Em can polishing, grinding and arrissing the glass edge, with precision and reliability (watch the video below).
Come visit us at Pabellon 10, booth A24.
1300 square meters booth area. Over 4000 visitors. 15 machineries on display. 20 live demos a day.
These are the numbers of the Forel success at Glasstec 2018 (23th – 26th October).
During the four exhibition days , visitors had the opportunity to admire the new “No Limits” Insulating Glass Line, capable of processing IG units up to 15 meters length, the Edge Processing Line, for seaming, grinding, polishing, milling and drilling , and the remarkable Vertical Cutting Line for Laminated Glasses.
Due to the wide range of machines which has been displayed during the Glasstec 2018 edition, the Forel booth has been certainly one of the most complete stands present at this exhibition.
The 2018 Glass Build America trade show in Las Vegas September 12-14, will be a special event for Forel. During the trade show, Forel will display products that are new to the American market. Forel’s GlassBuild America booth #3127 will be the “booth of the debuts”.
On the “GlassBuild America Must See List” is Forel’s Sorting System (Art. SS). The Art. SS is the complete solution to optimize the handling and storage of glass within the production line. This will be the first time the Art. SS will be displayed in the USA. Composed by one or more mobile shuttles and multiple storage slots, the Art. SS is equipped with an innovative software for real-time inventory counts, allowing you to locate any glass lite at any time. This machinery significantly increases productivity and efficiency.
Another debut is Forel’s Drilling and Milling Machine (Art. DM); this high-tech, 6 axis controlled machine has two opposing electronic spindles to deliver high precision and fast production. The solid construction guarantees extreme accuracy and performance.
The new version of the Seaming Machine (Art. EG) will also be on display. The Art. EG has two operating heads capable of working simultaneously on two different pieces of glass, or can operate both heads onto one square or rectangle piece of glass. Thanks to the “self-learning” mode, the Art. EG can automatically acquires sizes for each piece of square or rectangular piece of glass.
“We are a growing industry leader, one that has proven to be able to successfully serve and retain its current customer base while at the same time obtain new clients,” explains Fortunato Vianello, founder and owner of Forel “This has been possible thanks to the quality of our products, the reliability demonstrated, the investment made in our Service Department and, more generally, the philosophy that has always guided our business: to listen to our customers, to try to identify market trends, and to develop new solutions as a result.”
Forel, established in 1976, produces and exports their high-quality, “Made in Italy” machinery around the world, thanks to its commercial branch in North America and 21 global agencies. Forel North America has two locations, with its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota and their Canadian office in Toronto, Ontario. Both locations have their own spare parts warehouse and Service Department to assist customers in their needs.
Glasstec is an unmissable event for all the players of the glass business. Forel, always working on new and more advanced solutions for flat and insulated glass processing, has been attending Glasstec for more than 40 years. Also this time, will attend the event to meet customers, exchange information with other players and, of course, showcase the best products of its range.
At Forel Booth (Hall 16, Stand A21/A41) visitors will have the possibility to look at a “No Limits” Insulating Glass line, from the new range of IGU lines designed to “go beyond” Jumbo size. To answer to the growing request for larger glasses, the “No Limits” range can process panes up to 15 meters long and 3.30 meters high, with a load capacity per linear meter that reaches 350 kg for the single pane and 600 kg for the assembled panes. To process such large formats, Forel has also developed a number of special applications that allow to better control and manage possible glass bows (even of centimeters) in every step of the insulating process.
The development of the “No Limits” range will also allow to upgrade the “standard” IG lines, for example with the innovative technology to straighten up any glass planarity unevenness in the coupling press, the continuous and dynamic dosing circuit in the sealing robot, the new glass displacement driving system and many other features.
The “No Limits” line showcased at Glasstec will be a 9000m x 3300mm line, composed by washing machine, quality scanner, frame application and inspection station, turning conveyor, gas filling coupling press and sealing robot complete with pumping system.
Besides the “No Limits” IG line, Forel will display a Vertical Cutting Line for Laminated Glass and a Vertical Line for Flat Glass Processing.
The vertical cutting line, equipped with two cutting bridges and an impressive turning section, can process Jumbo size sheets and cut on the three axes, X, Y and Z. Each bridge consists of two opposing engraving carriages and two breaking bars to cut and open the glass sheet along its entire height, the split being supported by a special motorized system. A unique line that continues to distinguish Forel as a world leader in providing the highest quality technology.
The vertical line for flat glass processing (for seaming, edging, drilling and milling) is composed by an edging machine, a drilling & milling machine and a washing machine. A processing line that the international market appreciates more and more for its productivity and remarkable reliability, as evidenced by the ever increasing success in sales.
Glasstec will be also the opportunity for Forel to anticipate the latest innovations on its systems for handling, storing and sorting glass inside the factories: in fact, in addition to the solutions already developed in this field, other new solutions for the logistics of the finished products will be available soon.
“Coming back to Düsseldorf is always a special emotion, but this year Forel will attend the exhibition with a special enthusiasm. We are glad to announce the new enlargement of our factory: 10.000 square meters of productive area will be added to the actual 20.000 square meters of the existing plants, by the end of 2019” says Fortunato Vianello, Founder and Owner of Forel “The enlargement is an important investment, a decision taken with the awareness that our commitment is rewarding us and will bear fruit. We are a growing company, able to deserve the loyalty of the “old” customers and, at the same time, to keep on convincing many new ones. This is possible thanks to the quality of the product, our reliability, the investments made in our Service Dept. and to our philosophy: listening to the customers, trying to understand market trends, developing new solutions”