FAMA SOFAS, AN EXAMPLE OF SOLIDARITY
Fama sofa has had a great impact in the press due to the Covid19 pandemic, since we were one of the first companies in Spain which was capable to transform its production and started designing hygienic face masks, gowns, aprons, hair covers, and shoe covers after being asked by Murcia Health Department. We started manufacturing protective equipment as soon as we obtained the approval of these prototypes.
This initiative was followed by a great number of enterprises in Yecla. We managed to manufacture thousands of hygiene face masks, which were sent to hospitals, nursing homes, police offices, pharmacies, supermarkets, clinics, and to a multitude of companies, just in a few days.
We did our bit as an act of solidarity as we wanted to help as much as possible to fill the need for supply of this type of equipment. Now this period of emergency is over, it is time to address the impact of the Covid19 in economy
NEW PERIOD, NEW PURPUSE: EXITING THE ECONOMIC CRISIS CAUSED BY COVID19 AND MAINTENING JOBS
It is time to keep working hard to maintain the same production level that will allow Fama to continue making sofas and maintaining jobs by making sure our business is viable, stable, and profitable. There are 200 families who worked in Fama. As well as that, there are also many workers who depend on Fama indirectly.
Firstly, when we started manufacturing protective equipment, we looked for the material that we had in stock to make the hygienic face masks and gowns. For instance, the material that we use to make outdoor seating products which are sold to a multinational well- known coffee shop chain. This material is soft, light, and waterproof. Most protective gowns, which are found in the market, are made of TST. The problem is that this material is very thin and is not reusable. We received hundreds of messages in which we were being asked to make gowns with this non-reusable material. We had to admit that we were surprised by this, and we could not understand it, since the material that we offered was more resistant, safer, and reusable. Oddly, the same companies contacted us again, requesting if we could sell them gowns made of this reusable material.
NEW DIVISION OF PROTECTION EQUIPMENT: FAMA PROTECT
As a result of this experience, and with the purpose of expanding our business diversification to adapt to this new situation, we made the decision of creating a new division of protective equipment to manufacture this type of products.
We are going to apply our company philosophy and our experience in the world of sofas to this new division, manufacturing and supplying protective equipment for health departments, clinics, odontology, official organizations, police forces, etc.
These products have already been approved and we can manufacture and supply them, offering total guarantees and efficiency.
We are working in designing new materials that are washable and reusable as we highly believe it is our responsibility to change the old fashion “use once and throw away” standards in this sector. Not only will this help us save money, but also will be highly beneficial for our planet.
We have purchased new machinery and equipment, improved our designs, and prepared a new catalogue, which includes our protective equipment products. This is just a start, since our intention is to continue designing new protective equipment, adding new improvements to the one which are found in the market such as great designs, better quality and, of course, more reasonable, and more competitive prices.