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Fort Vale celebrates

As Fort Vale marks a half-century of precision engineering, Editor Leslie McCune explores the secrets of its success with Managing Director Ian Wilson
LM: Fort Vale celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. As one of the two owners of the company, what do you consider have been the most important factors in its success?
IW: Fort Vale’s success stems from the dedicated team of engineers who have been involved with the business from the early days.
LM: What are the company’ core values?
IW: We aim to provide our customers with high quality innovative products, delivered on short and reliable lead times. Furthermore, we provide security for our employees, operating in a clean and safe working environment.
LM: What are Fort Vale’s assets?
IW: Fort Vale owns the majority of its factories and offices – our total worldwide footprint covers an area approaching 70,200 m², which comprises manufacturing capabilities, inventory of finished parts and consumables, and office space. However, we consider our biggest asset to be our 480 employees!
LM: What accolades has the company won?
IW: Fort Vale was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Export in 1981 and 1986, and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2008 and 2013.
LM: What benefits does a family business have over a public company?
IW: Operating in a family business environment has given us the .......
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July 7, 2017


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