Fairwood Fabrications (Neath)

Origins

The company was set up by Theo Davies (father of the current MD) when he was made redundant from British Steel. Having considered long and hard what he would do next, Theo decided that as his skills were in fabrication and welding that he would set up his own business and Fairwood Fabrications was established in 1979 in a small workshop. The challenge, having left British Steel and being a new business with no track record was how to win contracts with the largest employer in the area. As he saw it the only way to achieve this was to differentiate the business from the competition and be prepared to work wherever and whenever the need arose. By doing this Theo managed to secure his first contract with British Steel on a Christmas Eve when no-one else was prepared to undertake the job. The company has been managed by Theo’s son Gherold Davies for the last 20 years and through hard work and determination to be the best, he has established Fairwood Fabrications as one of the longest established and successful businesses in the area

Success Factor

Fairwood Fabrications has recognised the opportunity within the industry in Port Talbot and has built its expertise to cater for the needs of clients. The firm has also grown staff numbers to the point where it was possible to move to a new workshop and branch into precision engineering and pipework services thereby developing capabilities to allow it to design, manufacture and complete projects in the aerospace, automotive, marine and steel making industries. By creating an environment whereby a “complete service to industry” could be delivered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the firm hopes to be involved in large projects such as the construction of a gas fired Power Station and more recently the rebuilding of the No 4 Blast Furnace at the Tata site in Port Talbot

The Future

Diversification will be key as margins are continually being squeezed. Renewable Energy is one sector that is gaining support and momentum and the potential for growth is identified first in the fabrication of specialised steel components and installations supplied across the engineering sector and secondly in the fabrication of large scale components associated with Renewable Energy installations such as onshore and offshore wind farms. Recent accreditation with Network Rail has also allowed the company to explore new avenues of work such as the possibility of being involved in the development of the new railway station at Port Talbot.