Francisco Antonio de Souza Manso

FNV tradition


Francisco Manso underscores the importance of FNV’s name and history in the market:


“FNV was built by the railroad in 1943 and it went on to make Brazil’s first heavy-duty autoparts, such as chassis, side rails and pressed components… We’re strategically placed here in Cruzeiro, near CSN, the National Steel Company. So, we’ve been a part of Brazil’s industrial development right from the start, back in the Juscelino Kubitschek years.  In fact, it was JK [President of Brazil from 1956 to 61] who inaugurated our installations.”


Change of corporate culture after FNV’s acquisition by Iochpe-Maxion


Manso talks about the leap in administrative quality at FNV under the Icohpe Group:


“When I joined, in June 1978, it was still FNV. I was hired to work in railcar production as a quality engineer. In 1980 I was promoted to director of the autoparts area. Back then, the railcar business was really strong and very lucrative. The autoparts business, on the other hand, was running a loss, always coming up short of its targets, as we were low on investments. The administration was old-school, with the top brass distant from the reality on the floor. Things professionalized a bit under Engesa,  the military contractor. Engesa didn’t bring much by way of investment, but it did bring a more professional, more technical breed of administration, even if only incipiently. Everything changed when Iochpe came along, and the whole outfit became extremely professional. Icohpe brought investment and, above all, excellent administrative vision. Along with this new management concept, they placed great trust in their professionals and invested in their development. Today we’re all onsite, together, part of the same core.  The Iochpe Board has always been open to hearing our projects, and every project involves some level of risk. The group has always accepted those risks and many of these projects have become runaway successes. The chassis business has developed tremendously, the pressed parts line too. Today, Iochpe is experiencing something of a boom, in great shape and enjoying excellent levels of professionalism, market renown, knowledge, quality, commitment to delivery and to deadlines—in short, it’s a highly respected company at home and abroad. Iochpe instilled a professional mindset, streamlined the company, cleared out what had to go and brought the different units into synergy. It created a real industrial engineering…”