When Ronny Ferl thinks about the first months of FEGA Solutions, he has to smile. He says: "At first we had no machines at all. Just an office where we designed. The parts were manufactured by external contract manufacturers. This was neither fast nor economical, but as a first step we simply wanted to win the projects in order to gain a foothold in the industry as a new company.” The strategy worked. More and more orders came in. So many that outsourcing the parts was soon no longer an option. Ferl and his business partner, Gosbert Gast, responded to this challenge. They bought a used EHT press brake with their own capital. In doing so, they were able to at least bring the bending process in-house. “Continuing to buy the laser blanks was no longer an economical solution, however. We already had too many orders on the table for that,” says Gast.
The company had to get its own machines. Ferl and Gast were in agreement: they had to be machines from TRUMPF. “The quality of the systems is simply the best, and they are also reliable. Exactly what we needed," says Ferl. However, he returned from his appointment at the local bank disillusioned: “It was almost impossible to get financing for the new machines. We would have had to put up our entire assets as collateral.” The two did not want to take the risk.