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Dispatch begins

Dispatch begins!

1 year ago 1

It’s been a long haul, but at long last, chairs are starting to ship out of the warehouse and will reach end users over the next few weeks!

I spent three days with the team at the warehouse last week checking the chairs – readying them for dispatch and I’ll be up there again today – it’s 3.30 am and I’m just about to hit the road.

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Production update

1 year ago 2

Over the last few weeks we’ve been focused on dealing with some production and testing issues to mean we can get your chairs out to you and the first batches are finally arriving at our warehouses in the UK and US.

Being new to the whole experience, it’s been the most incredible last 2 years and a steep learning curve to say the least! I now know what a huge task and how expensive it is to put anything into mass production let alone making something that is this complicated and innovative…

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Production of the FreedMan Chair

More chairs are ready for shipping!

2 years ago 1

I got back from a mammoth three-week trip in China last weekend and it’s been a busy week getting things at this end sorted out.

Apologies for not updating you sooner, but I’ve been waiting to hear confirmation from the factory on the production and can now confirm that one container left for the UK last week, another for the UK will be loaded this Wednesday. The two containers for the US shipment have been…

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The FreedMan Chair – Mark IV

Final production

2 years ago 1

I’ve been busy getting sorted for our trip to China to oversee the final production of your chairs. The first batch of chairs arrive at the UK port on 16th of January (despite the ship crashing-seriously!), will be in customs for 5 days and then will be coming out to the first lucky people 2-4 days after that. So before the end of January.

The next batch should be ready for checking (by myself and Dean, our lead engineer) this Tuesday 13th Jan and hopefully ready for shipping Friday or Monday and will be at their destinations approximately 5 weeks after that.

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The first batch is on the boat!

2 years ago 0

That’s right we have chairs on their way to us in the UK! I know it seems like it’s taken an age (I certainly feel about ten years older…) but it’s a real landmark to finally have some consumer-ready chairs on their way. This is a small batch of 150 and they were sent to the port a week ago. Since then we’ve cleared the decks at our production line, had many discussions over improving production and quality-checking processes, updated work instructions, etc, etc. We are now continuing with the follow-on production.

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Product Innovation award

Almost there…

2 years ago 2

We’re getting closer… We should receive tomorrow what we hope will be five perfect, consumer-ready chairs. We resolved the pad over-molding issue, but out of the five samples we received two weeks ago two had minor defects that meant they were not as we wanted. Some of the tapped holes had swarf (small bits of aluminium flakes) left in them which made the chairs difficult to assemble and so we had to call in our quality control guy over there and upgrade the assembly and checking processes.

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The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful…

2 years ago 2

Apologies for the delayed update – I have some good and bad news… We came back from China with the factory going on a 5-day annual holiday and things were on track for them to ship the first batch of chairs between 22nd and 29th October. Unfortunately, on their return there was a problem with the over-molding process of the seat pads and we and they have been working 24/7 to get it sorted.

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120+ individual parts and 25 molds…

2 years ago 1

Just to let you know that our first production run is progressing really well and the quality of the chair is just getting better and better.
I wanted to give you an insight of what’s going into this…

There are at least 60 people working on it at the moment. The quality control people walk around brandishing vernier callipers and the guys assembling the components wear white gloves!

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The first production chairs are being made now

The first production chairs are being made now

2 years ago 1

It’s looking really good out here. The programme for the next week has been set and we’re on track to bring you your magnificent chairs. Here are some pics I took yesterday of components for the first run that Dean and I are overseeing (Dean arriving on Monday at 6am!). They are being polished over the weekend and we will be working with the production team to get the assembly and quality right.

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View from my hotel

Production begins!

2 years ago 1

I just arrived to oversee the production of your chairs.

I’ll be here for 12 days working on every component and every stage of the assembly-they have to be right (yes, I am a touch OCD, didn’t you know?). Geson, our project manager is such a nice guy. His wife is a nurse and they have a 4 year-old daughter. I was thinking I’d bring his daughter something tasteful, wooden etc and the Mrs said…

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