TR Fastenings Hungary, part of Trifast Plc Group, is celebrating the opening of its new purpose-built facility in Budapest in response to years of rising demand in the region.
Located in the southern suburb of Szigetszentmiklós, TR Fastenings Hungary Kft is a fastener and Cat C supplier to international OEMs and their subcontractors, not just in Hungary but also in the countries that border them. The new 3,500m2 facility has 9.5 metre eaves in its warehouse and is a high-capacity distribution facility designed to support TR’s future European growth strategy.
TR Hungary was first established in 2000 and has grown considerably in that time through rising demand from large multinational household brands, many of which TR supplies to elsewhere in the world. Hungary has historically been a lower cost production region, but a highly skilled available workforce made Hungary ideal for this kind of strategic investment. Hungary has a central location in Europe with seven countries on its border, which is perfect for distribution hubs.
A region growing in opportunity
“Hungary has been a real success story for TR. Local infrastructure has been enhanced with a second airport and recently enhanced road networks. We located to a fast growing industrial park, near one of our largest customers, NCR, just 600 metres away from us. Over time, we have built a portfolio of multinational customers that expect the same excellent service that they receive from TR globally. This includes technical and engineering support, as well as logistics services,” says Glenda Roberts, global projects and marketing director, Trifast Plc.
“We’re servicing major customers in each of the countries surrounding the TR Hungary operation and, inevitably, we have had to expand again. It took several years because of the growth in Hungary to locate a new facility close to the existing site to grow into but we are very confident in the investment. We were keen to retain trained staff, many of whom are also multilingual, so we ensured we did not move too far away. Product knowledge and an understanding of the level of service our multinational customers expect was a key staff retention factor, but we wanted to go further. The new facility is a showpiece modern workplace, where people have a great working environment and where customer and staff training sessions and customer site visits can also be held.”
“I’m very proud of what the TR Hungary team has achieved. Moving an entire facility in a month to a new location was no mean feat and now that we are established, we look forward to focusing on customer and staff development and growing our business in Central Europe,” adds Andrew Nuttall, European managing director at TR Fastenings.
“We were working with a blank canvas and it enabled us to incorporate the environmental and sustainable features and benefits for a modern workplace. The facility is in a green area, with fields to the exterior, on a purpose-built estate with excellent transport links. Every feature was thoroughly researched from the solar panels on the roof to the triple glazing. Automatic shutters on the warehouse roof windows assist in cost-effective temperature control, while electric charging units have been installed to encourage the use of electric and hybrid vehicles, including company vehicles,” concludes Andrew Nuttall.
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