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Seat participates at WEFTEC, New Orleans, USA

Published : 20-06-2018

We participates with PLASTEC, our US subsidiary at WEFTEC exhibition.

Useful information:

  • Dates: September 29-October 3 , 2018
  • Website: www.weftec.org
  • Booth 7751
  • Exposition Hours : 8.30 a.m – 5 p.m
  • Location: New Orleans Morial Convention Center

SEAT Ventilation on All Five Continents

Published : 12-04-2014

SEAT Ventilation produces, from Verniolle, fans for the chemical industry and electronic airflow regulators. The Company is preparing to release the SEAT 50, which can ventilate 17,000 m3 of air per hour.

"The first model had not even been mounted when we the orders started pouring in", explains Jean-Luc Chapel.

The new model, released in June, enabled SEAT to broaden its catalogue and move upmarket.  SEAT fans are specific in that they are made of plastic components capable of holding up in acid or basic environments. 

SEAT fans are shipped from the Ariège region to more than 50 countries on five continents to equip research laboratories equipped with exhaust hoods or chemical plants. 

"We operate on all five continents." 

With its 11 employees, SEAT earns €5 million in turnover.  Jean-Luc Chapel  works with a young team inviting them all, in product design for instance, to put in their two cents, "everyone packs it in”, states Jean-Luc Chapel with a smile.  And it works.

"Our progress takes place incrementally.  After one year of upward movement, we stabilise, then take off again”, adds Jean-Luc Chapel.

In Verniolle, the SEAT teams assemble fans using components made by sub-contractors.

"We keep a large back-load of parts in order to remain responsive.  That’s the key”, states Jean-Luc Chapel further.

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SEAT Ventilation: Fair winds on the export seas!

Published : 11-04-2014

Founded in 1968 in the Paris region, this eight-employee company specialised in industrial anti-corrosion plastic fans for laboratory hood extraction established operations in Ariège, at the VARILHES activity zone in 2005 and earned €4.4 million in turnover in 2008.

SEAT Ventilation has been exporting since 1986.  It now owns 3 sales subsidiaries, in the Czech Republic, Hungary and the US, and earns over 30% of its turnover through export to 45 countries including more than half beyond Europe’s borders, in particular in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North America and Australia.

Its aim is to earn 50% of its turnover through export, within the next five years.  This will entail a sizeable prospecting effort, as Ms Stanciu, the company’s Export Director, knows and emphasises:  

"Export is no easy undertaking – you have to persevere and, before you can conquer a new market, there are thousands of small steps that have to be taken".

Named the Best Ariege Company in Major Export by the Consular Chamber in 2007, SEAT Ventilation had taken advantage of an intern portage offer from TOTAL in RUSSIA.  Thanks to the contacts it developed through this process, it stepped up its prospecting efforts by participating in the MOSCOW Laboratory Equipment Trade Show this year.

Rewarding the company for its dynamism on the export market, the Foreign Trade Advisors awarded Mr Chapel, Director of SEAT Ventilation, with the 2009 Regional Export Prize for Most Innovative Product, along with a €6,000 check to finance an export mission in Germany:

"This will drive my team of ‘greenhorns’ to keep up the momentum in this direction. Our aim is to conquer new markets, introduce new products and establish our brand’s renown”, explains one company leader brimming with ideas, and already in the process of extending his factory premises in VARILHES.

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SEAT Ventilation Sub-Contracts to the Pyrénées

Published : 24-11-2013

For the last five years, the employees at SEAT Ventilation witness an Indian summer over the Pyrénées.  After more than thirty years spent in Montfermeil, in the Paris Region, the Company moved to new quarters – setting up office in the heart of the Ariège. 

"We were starting to feel cramped in our former offices”, recalls CEO Jean-Luc Chapel. “Since we had to go afield anyway, we thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of the situation to enjoy a sunnier climate as well".

A manufacturer of fans for the chemical industry, SEAT was supported in its search by the Midi-Pyrénées Chamber of Commerce. 

"They recommended four activity zones to us and we opted for Delta Sud. It is all-new, well-outfitted and fully-equipped in ICTs.  We are 15 km from Foix, but also just 200 metres from the motorway and 45 minutes from Toulouse”.

To complete the move itself, the SME benefited from the support of the Varilhes Municipalities Community, which acted as general contractor for the construction of the facilities and secured as much as €300,000 in subsidies for the company, or 30% of the required budget.

"The new location does not change anything where our operations are concerned”, specifies Jean-Luc Chapel.  We have an international customer base and our products are shipped from Toulouse.  The only limitation is in air transport – we have to travel back to Paris before we can go visit our customers abroad”.

All ten employees see the key advantage as the quality of living.  Located an hour and fifteen minutes from the Mediterranean Sea and an hour from the footpaths of the Pyrenees, they reap every benefit from the new location.  Over the last five years, the Company has hired four employees from the region and its operations have remained as robust as ever, even after the move.  Last year, SEAT Ventilation posted €4.2 million in turnover, with a slip of only 5% in what was a particularly challenging time for the industry.  

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