Before last day and first stop… Marilia a manufacturer of relays and switches… they will produce some switches for us… could this be the most friendly company in Brazil?
From the moment we entered we felt at home at Marilia.
Steel mfg dept of this factory… I love this machines, they’re automatic and work kind a like organs… I love to call them mechanical CNC machines, but actually better would be to call them CN machines, without last C…:)
so far so good… more visits to more factories in the next two days, but Blog space don’t allow more reports anymore… Alain and myself hope You enjoyed the little travel with us… sorry we can’t give the taste of the food through the Blog as we would loved you had joined us on these terrific menu’s over here…
Brazil is a very nice country.. People are very very friendly, everywhere, every says bom Dia (hello) to everybody and smiles are on almost all of people’s faces, problems don’t exist (only in politics!!) what a relief, wish it was everywhere like this…
Especially to our guides this trip… Uncle Samy, Ricardo and Mauci … we enjoyed your company fully, and couldn’t have done this wonderful trip without you guys, thanks for driving us EVERYWHERE through crazy Sao Paolo traffic, thanks for translations, for the help with our internet connections, to arrange our visits, actually thanks for the whole trip!
The last words to ALL the wonderful people from Brazil… thank You so much for your hospitality, we enjoyed fully and can’t wait to come back for more… we will always remember You as a warm community with lots of smiles, and open-minded people.. keep up, we all know You suffer the recession, but this can not break that wonderful mentality! Your real strength is inside your hearts and we’re completely behind you and will try to buy as many Fusca parts we can to help our little bit to your economy what we can! The Itamar Fusca saved the country once, let’s try to spare parts for the Fusca save the country this time around!
One day, another three factories, lunch, dinner and an airplane ride back to Sao Paolo… yes we “deserved” this trip! …:)
used kombis everywhere in Brazil… feels good…:)
First stop… Hubner/ Auto Linea… Manufacturer of engine cases and cylinder heads… yes, the news is out now, we do work on a new cylinder head, because our old ones are not up to standards and we dislike Chinese… so we started a while ago the new secret project called “German cylinder head”… no less than Three NOS (Real NOS German!) been provided as samples, and today we check the progress in this project!
After Hubner/Auto Linea we went to our manufacturer for our New 6 volt regulator… and they gave us a lunch to die for… everybody seems to be convinced that this will be a good selling product! The lunch? Was incredible…this restaurant is voted regularly the best burger in the world… Alain and me can testify this is nothing but the truth!
Thanks Alisson and Luiz!
Here it is, in different stages… the lower pictures are the new BBT 6 volt regulator that will work what it supposed to be made for, no cheap chinese stupid part, but well-engineered super part!! Above some larger regulators to understand the working of an electronic regulator… complete below are our conductor board, actually the regulator it selves… funny uh? The engineers here are extremely high skilled!
oh good news, test face is over, production started now!!!
Stay tuned for more crazy factory visits tomorrow!
Last Friday we planned a visit to ZF/TRW/VARGA and MAHLE, two major BBT suppliers
Let’s get on the road! here’s the skyline of our destination the city of Limeira still in the state of Sao Paolo Population is about 267.804. It must been said that this is a real nice area of Brazil, its safe, clean and there’s still a lot of work, although the recession took here also a lot of jobs away.
Very well received by Enilton (Export sales manager) and our daily contact inside this company Nayara (export analyst) unfortunately we are not allowed to publish pictures from the production…:( but the plant is very impressive in size and our meeting was a real good one, we opened a lot of opportunities to centralize TRW VARGA classic Volkswagen solutions in europe around BBT.
Very well received by our friend and inside Mahle contact Pedro,
Pedro insisted to say Hi to all BBT friends and customers worldwide, a big Hi! Thanks Pedro to keep providing us the good piston and liner kits, bearings and other engine parts!
And this plant is also the home base for our friend Claus, CEO of Mahle South America. Claus is a VW lover like all of us and this was his brand new toy a real Double door Kombi… so sorry Claus was in Germany during our visit…
The Belgium flag was out with reason! Wowh this makes You very proud as a rather small customer from such a huge factory! Thanks for the respect Mahle, we will work even harder now to promote your products!
Due to company policy also here were not allowed to publish any pictures from production… but seeing the making of pistons from A to Z is a very very interesting procedure, and the quality control is immense in this factory! One of the quality controls is a X-ray of every piston for Diesel engines!
After our meeting and tour (and again also Mahle wants to concentrate their classic VW parts line around BBT for Europe) we went to Pedro’s house for our happy hour! Pedro has a nice bar at the back of his house! very cool place to hang out!
on the way back I spotted these two Brasilia’s in a back yard… cool view huh? oh yes there was another 10 orso Beetles as well… 🙂
We insist to thank the teams from TRW and Mahle very very hard for the wonderful receptions and meetings, and for transport back and forth from Sao Paolo. Thank You to make our trip easier!
Day n°2 in Brasil … We set our trip further… today a hardware manufacturer, a stamping plant (where we were not allowed to take pictures sorry for that) and the Wolff bumper factory.
First the hardware factory… in Brazil most of the factories still work conventional as labor cost still allow… all the parts on our beetles been made conventional back in the day… PLC and CNC only came after VW seized Beetle production…
This company is no exception..here we see the forging of the rear axle nuts, nut just made on a lathe, or a mill, but really forged like it should, with this type of manufacturing BBT parts makes the difference!
The forging department… they produce valve adjusting screws, pins for fuel pump etc etc all that need to be forged, hardened or tempered… exactly the same way like VW used to make back in the day… even hardware is important for us!
And these are two injection machines, the green one push 2000tons! The white one in the back 1200 tons, jawadde! Every one of this machines “spit” out a bumper every 2,5 minutes! Plastic bumpers for modern cars only…:)