Thursday October 3, 2013
This was our last day in Bratislava, before moving on into Poland and Wroclaw on Friday morning. The first half of the day was booked for a factory visit and the afternoon was free for touring the city. Today’s factory visit required little in terms of bus ride and 30 minutes after departing we rolled into the parking lot of Teka Magyarország Zrt, until recently known as Mofem. The company produces a brand of taps and valves (Mofem), the most common bath and sanitary tap brand in Hungary. In addition they make kitchen taps branded TEKA and also a range of valves for all types of water carrying systems e.g. piping and radiators.
Mofem was founded in 1900 and the current factory is still in located at the same spot, evident from the many older, unused, buildings dotting the plant area. The number of employees was once ranging above 3000, but since then the production has been narrowed and focused and today the headcount is slightly above two hundred. We were welcomed by the president of marketing and international relations and taken to the head office. There we got to meet the entire on site management and given an introduction to the company and its operations. Also joining us was the Vice President, the production manager and the technology manager, a really nice, warm and humbling welcome!
The factory tour was perhaps the best yet, much due to our awesome hosts and the fact that we got to start at raw brass blocks and follow their way along the value chain all the way to shiny, packaged consumer goods. The company does close to everything in-house and you could almost touch the tacit knowledge stored in the minds and hands of the operators and process engineers. Here are a selection of photos from our tour of the facility:
Introduction sit down
Casting by hand
Kathrine in the machining hall
Discussing assembly work with the VP
Erik by the galvanization bath
Michael and Jon pondering on manufacturing strategies
Andreas was really enjoying this factory tour!
Richard and Sandra analyzing the work in the grinding hall
Rickard philosphing on the joys of warehouses in the warehouse
Christina and Jonatan posing in the warehouse
The always happy and energetic Niklas was also spotted in the warehouse
Jan-Eric strolling by some of the older factory buildings
Once through with the tour we were treated to a classic Hungarian meal, spätzli with chicken in paprika sauce. All in all a great factory visit! Here we are outside the main office:
Notice the Swedish flag next to the Hungarian!
After returning to Bratislava some of the group toured the city:
Pierre enjoying the view(?)
There it is!
This is the vantage point, which was actually at the top of a tall tower part of a bridge
There was also a castle close to where we stayed
And the day was ended with a hearty meal of Slovakian food at the very nice restaurant Modra Hviezda, ranked 7 out of 700 on trip advisor, yummy!
Nice cobble stone streets in all the old parts of Bratislava
The small table!
And the bigger one, dinner was accompanied by the occasional screams from the household parrot, who lived just behind the photographer.
Some internet connectivity issues has delayed the updates.. Polish internet so far seems a lot faster, so come back tomorrow and read more about Friday’s adventures!