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Foil and Co is a company specialised in the manufacture and sale of equipment for wing foil, surf foil, SUP foil and windfoil. We are experts in the design and manufacture of composite products.
It is through our brand AFS, specialised in the field of foils, that we offer 100% carbon foils, manufactured from A to Z in our factory in Pencran, France.
Sustainable development is one of the founding pillars of Foil and Co: our ambition was to succeed in reindustrialising in France, by gathering and controlling our production from A to Z: from the design office to production and shipping. This has allowed us to limit our impact on the environment by creating short circuits, and to be in constant improvement on the performance of our products, all by using sustainable materials.
We have privileged the use of a durable material, resistant to external aggressions and capable of being reworked and repaired, to maximise the life of our foils.
We have established our workshops in France to considerably reduce the carbon footprint of our products and to control their quality and performance on an ongoing basis.
At Foil & Co there is no loss of raw material. All carbon off-cuts are reused to be reintegrated into the production cycle.
We manufacture some of our own production machines.
From 2022 we offer the buy-back - reconditioning and resale of our foils. The creation and mastery of a fleet of second-hand equipment allows us to significantly extend the life of our foils.
The well-being of our employees is our top priority. In particular, we use prepreg carbon because it is much less volatile than conventional resins.
Our activity takes place in an eco-designed building, allowing us to be 90% autonomous in energy.
An asset for a sustainable
From the start, our ambition was to succeed in designing products that would last over time. Today we are able to say that our foils have an average life span of 10 years. As a comparison, the average life of an aluminum foil is 2 years
In addition to its competitive advantages, such as its lightness, which make it the most efficient material for designing a foil, carbon is above all extremely strong and has an impressive rigidity.
This material is ideal for use in the nautical field. It is also very resistant to external aggressions (salt, sea, corrosion) and can be repaired and reconditioned very well, unlike aluminum.
Working in a short circuit:
The choice of “made
The choice of a “made in France” production has been a driving force in the construction of the company. At first glance, we often think of the constraints that this entails for a company: high production costs, need for employees, management, storage … etc..
However, we decided to take it as an opportunity. Beyond the fact that local production considerably reduces the carbon footprint of our products and that we are proud to create jobs and know-how, there is another major advantage. Producing in-house in France allows us to reach a higher level of requirement concerning the quality of our products.
Indeed, our product lines are constantly tested (by our team members, our team of riders and by our customers). This proximity allows us to constantly improve our offer in a very short time.
Set up a cycle of
Designing responsible products also means taking into account their manufacturing and production process.
At Foil and Co, our most successful example is the reuse of pre-preg carbon scrap. Off-cuts are recovered to form the mast plates, i.e. the base of the foils. Therefore, there is no more than a 3% loss on raw materials during the whole production cycle.
Low tech: Lean approach
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In our approach, we place the employee at the heart of the company’s processes to develop our internal know-how and to be as autonomous as possible. We have managed to design some of the machines used in the manufacture of the foils ourselves, such as the presses, which allows us to be more autonomous.
We also promote existing local know-how that we develop through the training of new employees, in particular by encouraging apprenticeship and work-study contracts.
The human being at the heart of our
The well-being of our employees remains our main concern. In particular, we have closely studied the physical working conditions of the team members on the production line and have optimized and arranged each workstation in order to limit bad postures and repetitive gestures.
We make the most of their know-how in the various core businesses within the company.
Living in space in a responsible way.
We settled in Pencran, in a rural area, in order to promote the development of the local employment basin, rather than in a large metropolis where the industrial zones are already saturated. Our workshops are installed in an eco-designed building, we are 90% self-sufficient in energy thanks to the installation of solar panels and we encourage carpooling between employees.
For us, it is all these commitments that will enable us to build tomorrow’s business world: committed to the environment and responsible.
Foil & Co has been in existence for 6 years now. We have always worked in the direction of ecology and sustainable development, in a serious and committed way.