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Historical Background

Pabianice, 1945 year
 

After 1945 activities had ceased, workers, whose instincts brought them to the barren and demolished factory halls, started to turn up for work. In the north-eastern part of the town, known as “Dąbrowa”, there had survived a relatively undamaged craftwork tools factory which during the war had operated under the name „Ołdakowski & Neumark”. The country under reconstruction needed tools – the simplest ones, like axes, hammers, or crowbars. The factory’s warehouse still sheltered stocks of raw materials, so the government authority resolved to launch production.  Initially, the plant operated under the name ”Fabryka Maszyn i Narzędzi Ołdakowski i Neumark pod zarządem państwowym” (Machinery and Tools Factory Ołdakowski & Neumark under state management”).

As further areas of Poland were liberated from occupation, there increased market demand for other tools, too: cut-off tools, punches, climbers, spanners for machines, and alike. That was the range of the Company’s products at the time.
A year after liberation a new facility was acquired – the former weaving mill at 73/75Warszawska Street. It was resolved to start manufacturing manual woodworking tools there. In 1946 the range of products was enriched to incorporate drills, chisels, blades for shaving cutters, and similar woodworking tools. Shortly, the range of products was further expanded to include: spokeshaves, joiner’s clamps, crank braces, scrapers, and hacksaw frames. On 16 April, 1948, under the Ministers Council’s Ordinance and the Minister of Industry and Trade’s Ordinance, the plant became a self-contained state enterprise under the name „Pabianicka Fabryka Narzędzi” (the “Pabianice Tools Factory”). The woodworking and fitting tools manufactured by Pafana enjoyed good reputation among their users and were continuously manufactured – with their range steadily growing – until 1962.

In 1952 the Pabianicka Fabryka Narzędzi launched the manufacturing of metalworking gripper turning tools with soldered plate of sintered carbides, previously manufactured by Baildon Foundry. Good quality results induced the decision to develop the plant to a level allowing to satisfy the whole domestic industry’s demand for metalworking tools.
Starting from 1958, the plant expanded its range of metalworking tools to incorporate gripper turning tools with blades of high-speed steel, to date manufactured by Batory Foundry. Other products also comprised tools for face milling cutters, bit tools for turret lathes and automatics, form tools, and many special tools for automotive, rolling bearing, foundry, and other industries. High quality of the metalworking tools from the Pabianicka Fabryka Narzędzi allowed the Company to enter foreign markets. Export operations, launched in 1965, expanded and significantly contributed to the Company’s technological development. Export was one of the aspects of the Company’s effort to implement the latest tool design solutions applied by Europe’s top tool manufacturers and  induced a whole series of research and development works which helped the Company to launch in 1966 its own design of tools with mechanically fixed plate.

In 1974, the Pabianicka Fabryka Narzędzi purchased a licence from Sweden’s SECO for the design and process to manufacture fold-up tools. The technology implemented on the basis of imported machine tools, devices and fittings helped to achieve the tools’ high quality. In 1996, the Pabianicka Fabryka Narzędzi underwent restructuring into a joint-stock company and adopted its full name as the Pabianicka Fabryka Narzędzi PAFANA Spółka Akcyjna (The Pabianice Tools Factory PAFANA Joint-Stock Company). Further development of cutting tools and implementation of new design solutions have helped the manufacturing programme to meet the requirements of a technologically advanced plant.
 
The Company applies modern, energy-saving, environmentally friendly technologies, ensuring product competitiveness against the best tool companies in the world. PFN PAFANA S.A. holds and maintains:
Quality Assurance System ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2009.
 

Pabianice, 2014 year

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