Home sweet home…

We made it back and yesterday was our first day back in the office… it was nice to be greeted by the BBT APE in the shop… if You didn’t see this sitting our shop its been too long You came by….:)


Brazil trip last day, last factory tours…

Jerry and I come to an end of our Brazil trip… over 35 company visits, guess its time to come home now…:)

Last two days we visit another couple of factories… some didn’t allow to make me pictures (and share with you) others do follow BBT Blog and understand its power!

Here is the report of the last “leg” of our trip…

First we stopped at ZF, the mother company that holds brands as Sachs, TRW and Varga. We visited their distribution plant this time.

Jessica and Mariana are our daily contacts here!!

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The warehouse of this distribution centre is huge…

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They have a similar logistic system as BBT, reach truck put it in the shelves…

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Man up order pickers get the orders together.. here the order pickers go full height up to 15 metres!

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This is the “small zone” with all kind of transmission parts, this are always ready for “rush orders”

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and so after picking all comes to packing zone… very professional, wowh!

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Thanks for the tour Mariana and Jessica! we enjoyed fully!

Next stop was a small but high quality manufacturer of tail light lenses and small plastic components. “Small”… hmmm at first sight, but in this building there’s no less than 10 injection machines!!

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and no small ones neither!

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and a lot of lovely girls that finish the products!! Even they’re kind a “shy”…:)

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Reflector part for the big foot tail light…

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Fried egg front indicator lens, we work on get the chrome in!

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Work samples ready to go back with us to Belgium…

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And everywhere You go in Brazil, coffee is ready… hospitality here is enormous!

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The owner of this company has a Fusca of his own (guess how we knew him???) ….:)

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So a BBT sticker ceremony was obligated!!

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Last (featured) stop of this trip was the factory where they make WOLFF bumpers…

This is a BIG operation!

Let’s start with the raw material first… This is what will become bumpers…:)

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Machines are old, but nevertheless very impressive!

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Bumpers and machines everywhere!

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But also the warehouse is extremely impressive…

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Same factory has also a production for plastic bumpers…  no less as 4 impressive injection machines ranging from 1 to 2 TON’S!!!

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Today we have some meetings in our hotel.. and we will visit a large private collection on our way to the airport, tonight we fly home… Home sweet home!!

Another day in Brazil, Five more factories we visit!

Yesterday we visit five more factories, and yes, we really worked hard on new and existing product lines!

First we visit the factory that is making for us the new camgear for our 30 DIN (36 SAE) HP okrasa camshafts…

Samples been displayed upon arrival in the meeting room!

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The machine park was amazing!

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Jerry got the whole explanation from Eloah!!

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78 years and still going strong! Who told You working shouldn’t be good for you?

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Next we went to a factory that makes only king and link pin components, we’re working on a big project with this company…

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They have their own copper foundry for the bushing… like yesterday… this is not soup, but fluid copper!

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From there we went to a factory that does specialise in forged bolts and nuts….

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Fuscas as they call beetles over here are still everywhere, this yellow sunshine beetle we spotted on a parking of a shopping mall!

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The bumper factory didn’t like pictures too much… respect, but our trusty supplier Universal (Locks and small parts) didn’t mind, we visit their state of the art distribution centre… 600 orders a day! Driven on latest technology!

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Jerry tried to mess up there central computer centre…. believe me or not over 500 devices been connected here!

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The export team that ALWAYS helps us out…is glad to pose with us!

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State of the art building too… 12.000m2! Can you spot Jerry in the picture?

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and back to the hotel… we spot this little Kombi just down the road!

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Tomorrow another day and more visits, so stay tuned!