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.