High-performance wheelchair manufacturer, Progeo, has revealed the details of its new manufacturing HQ, which recently began production to increase the company’s capacity.
The new purpose-built headquarters brings together three separate manufacturing facilities, reducing logistical challenges and making the “entire production process even more efficient”.
Progeo’s area export manager, Marco Nosella, said that the new facility will mean that there will be “many benefits” for UK dealers and distributors, as well as worldwide partners, thanks to the factory’s increased capacity.
The new structure and processes the supplier has been able to adopt at its new facility means the company can maintain its lead times – around 10 days for a wheelchair and three days for spares – even during periods of excess orders.
Nosella said that Progeo’s manufacturing facility has been based in Treviso since the business began in 1995.
“Following the rapid increase of the business, we enlarged the original manufacturing facility and in 2001, when the sales abroad started to increase, we managed to find two new [sites] close to the original one.
“Naturally, having three different manufacturing facilities has been a high logistical commitment, since our warehousemen and our employees have been spread between the different buildings.
“Since 2016 we started to design with a few architects a single, large headquarters that could accommodate all the production, all the offices and the entire warehouse.”
Nosella hopes that the new facility will not only ramp up current production but will also allow Progeo to continue to increase its capacity in the future without needing to relocate.
He added: “Thanks to the new facility we have been able to make the entire production process even more efficient.
“We worked hard with the architects to find the best solution to use the available space in the best way, but also to achieve a modern and active design, which is more or less the same design our wheelchairs have.”