JML Industrie were chosen as one of the core suppliers to help Le Creuset double the capacity of their Fresnoy le Grand site which was at operational capacity. It was already running 24/7 during the week with weekend hours maxed out.
Because of the technical difficulty around the production of the enamel pieces the decision was made to keep the production in France.
Why JML Industrie were selected
Amongst other factors, JML Industrie was selected for this project because:
- They are based in France and build our equipment is made in France
- JML could fulfill 100% of the project requirements
- Maintenance recommendations were delivered as part of the scope
- There was a guarantee that the project would be delivered with a very tight timeframe
The entire project, from brief to site launch, was completed in 18 months. This was despite a series of operational challenges including heavy snowfall during construction! The capacity of the Fresnoy Le Grand site was doubled due to the investment made and the configuration which was chosen. The site currently employs 650 people.
The project timeframe for Le Creuset was as follows:
• 0- 6 months - Project scope and development
• 6 -16 months - Equipment build and delivery
• 16 - 18 months - Installation and testing
JML were heavily involved in the planning of the project and the order in which the equipment would be set up. This meant they were able to ensure the optimal conditions in terms of safety for the installation and testing.
The new foundry included:
• DISA moulding machine with an output of 550 moulds per hour
• JML Industrie sand plant with 100 t/h capacity
• Induction ovens delivering 8 t/h
• A transfer unit
The factory has been in operation for a number of years now, and JML continues to have an excellent relationship with Le Creuset. The reason this project was such a success was thanks to the time invested at the start to correctly scope the needs of the expanded foundry.
Their commitment is always delivering the highest performing operations to our clients based on their requirements. This at times means we need to integrate the equipment of other suppliers. JML’s extensive experience within the industry means not only that they can easily accommodate other equipment manufacturers, as well as being able to optimise the workflow and output.
The feedback on this project has been extremely positive and this is due to JML’s ability to quickly problem solve to a high standard. This was much appreciated during the project when the snow fell fast and heavy!
“JML has demonstrated that it has the capacity to meet its commitments, particularly in our case, on a very tight schedule. JML surprised us with the high quality of the engineering during the briefing and conception phase. Indeed, they took care of the integration of equipment from other suppliers.” - Monsieur Stéphane LEBLEU Responsable de la fonderie Le Creuset