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Name: Metalurgica Duarte Ferreira, S. A. (FNAC) Type: Sociedade Anónima Industry: Agricultural Equipment, automobile parts, Locomotive parts and domestic utelsils (residential, Commercial and Industrial) Founded: 1924 Founder: Eduardo Ferreira Headquarters: Tramagal, Portuguese Federation Area served: Portuguese Federation, Lusitania Commonwealth, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe Products: Agricultural Equipment, Automobile parts, Locomotive parts, and Domestic utensils Services: Manufacturing Metalurgica Duarte Ferreira, S. A. is metallurgical manufacturer producing items of metal for a variety of industries namely Agricultural , automotive and locomotive and well as for domestic households. Founded in 1924, Metalurgica Duarte Ferreira is the oldest manufacturers in the Federation and Commonwealth.
Metalurgica Duarte Ferreira produces Agricultural Equipment, metal parts for both automobiles, and locomotives and stock. Its domestic division produces a variety of metal pots, utensils for consumers.
MDF was founded in 1924 in Tramagal, by Eduardo Ferreira.
Eduardo Ferreira had started manufacturing metal plows in 1882. The business was a success and by 1920 employed over 250 workers. In 1924 it incorporated and from 1925-1929 starts producing mechanical bailers and threshers. From 19301-1935 it starts a new division in Setubal manufacturing automobile and locomotive/stock metallic parts. In 1927 MDF starts a metal laboratory to experiment with new materials and manufacturing methods. In 1937 MDF , moved to Tetuan with his family in 1955 and worked as an HVAC for several years for several firms. With the hotter weather of North Africa temperature control / air conditioning was critical to the operation of many firms. In 1962 frustrated due to lack of reliable air conditioners he decided to start his own company.
From 1962 to 1972 the company growth was limited more by supply and labor issues as demand continued to grow. In 1970 with investment from several marge investors the company opened a new 100,000 sq feet manufacturing plant capable of manufacturing commercial and manufacturing air conditioners.
In 1972 Armindo Alves son Joao Jose Alexandre Alves joined the company and headed the new residential division located in the previous building where the company had started in 1962. For the next 10 years he built up FNAC residential into the largest manufacturer and FNAC residential air conditioners / humidifiers held 40% of the market.
In 1982 Joao Alves assumed control of FNAC with the retirement of his dad due to health reason.
Today FNAC has three manufacturing plants in the Federation, Brazil and Mysore. It is the commonwealth largest HVAC manufacturers.