History of collaboration at Simet
Collaborations in Simet enterprise were a fixed component of the company’s activity from the very beginning of its existence. They strengthened and developed in the 80's due to collaboration with telecommunications companies.
At the time, the company operated under the name Telkom – Simet.
Several enterprises operating under the names Telkom were launched during these years and they were doomed to cooperative activity under the existing production associations.
Subscriber switching stations, plates with electrical and electronic systems as well as industrial lighting fixtures were created during that time.
The 90's – these years brought along a new wave of collaboration which was most vividly expressed by the prestigious collaboration launched with LG Electronics from Korea. The enterprise mounted audio-video devices under this company's brand at the time on the markets of Eastern Europe on which LG had been spreading quite dynamically. After several years of fruitful collaboration it was abandoned due to the purchase by LG of its own production plant within the territory of Poland.
For some years collaboration with GEYER company from Germany was conducted in the scope of mounting over-current and residual current switches.
The oldest collaboration was production collaboration in the scope of producing wheel stands. At the beginning of the 90's the company purchased an assembly line for wheel stands. Thanks to this purchase wheel stands were produced, 90% of which was exported to the countries from the Western Europe. This collaboration came to an end in 2004.
The first decade of XXI century
The beginnings of XXI century are deemed as an intensive work on the development of market strategy of the company. The company's new legal form paved the way for greater production and collaboration possibilities and actions in the area of collaboration with company environment. The newly employed Regional Representatives along with substantially converted Sales Department facilitated a dynamic growth of the sales network, becoming a driving force for company operations. The system based on obtaining information from the market initiated modernization of the so far production and allowed to elaborate new product series. Three basic product groups: rail connectors, thermoplastic connectors and wiring boxes have been thoroughly modernized and subjected to segmentation as a result of market expectations. Simet's offer has been broadened also by products of other manufacturers in order to maintain its completeness in line with client expectations.
Apart from the product work as such on the development of an enterprise, also contacts supporting enterprise activity in the area of collaboration on the Polish market in marketing and logistics scopes were established. Polish Group of Electrotechnology Manufacturers was launched, consisting of the producers from electrotechnical industry for effective field collaboration. Initially, Simet was joined by Promet from Sosnowiec and SI Powstaniec from Karpicko.
Collaborations with foreign partners in the scope of production developed in parallel. Significant actions in this area involved:
- Dr Franz Schneider Kunstoffwerke from Germany – mounting of elements for automotive industry
- Philips Lighting – mounting of connectors and electrical installation elements for light fixture
- Cooper Crouse-Hinds from Germany – mounting of wiring and electrotechnical components for light fixtures
- ESB from Germany – comprehensive assembly line for wheel stands
- Jean Mueller from Germany – completion of cable joints for the needs of energy-producing facilities
- SAIA Burgess – Switzerland, Germany – mounting of electrical and electronic elements for automotive industry
- Geyer AG from Germany – comprehensive line for mounting over-current switches.
Second decade of XXI century
Second decade of XXI century reflects the functioning of fully mature in market, organizational and production terms, modern enterprise. Crystallization and stabilization of the most critical aspects of company functioning was reached: production, sales, logistics as well as HR profiles were enhanced. It was a period of stable growth of the enterprise in multiple dimensions of its activity. The group of Polish GPPE firms cooperating with one another has undergone modification and it presently consists of Simet SA, SI Powstaniec from Karpicko and Twardogóra. Close collaboration was established also with a German electrotechnology manufacturer F-tronic from Saarbrϋcken. Currently the enterprise is the largest Polish producer of junction boxes as well as a significant manufacturer of connectors and electrical installation equipment. Company commercial offer encompasses further products - more advanced electrical and electronic products such as: varistor surge arresters, time programmer, electricity meters and a series of modern touch switches. The offer contains almost 1,500 commercial products and several hundred collaboration products made in collaboration.
Activity in the area of production collaboration is also ongoing.
In 2017, Simet SA - operating as a sheltered workplace - employed 270 persons (majority of which constituted disabled employees). This year, pursuant to substantial expenditures, a new production hall was handed over which is designated for manual assemblies as well as partial and full automation-based mounting. At the end of 2016 a new warehouse hall was handed over for sales purposes.
Simet SA exports its products to Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and other European countries. Recipients further include clients from Indonesia and Mexico.
Simet SA is currently an economic entity with 47 years’ experience, stable basis and activities. Recent years have shown continuous increases in sale and improvements of enterprise profitability.