In 1959 in a small attic room, Henryk Janiak started production of metal fancy goods as a one-man company. At first, he ordered galvanised coating services from other companies, but then he opened his own galvanising workshop.
He increased production volume and employment year by year. In 70s, Metgalex was one of the first companies to obtain a licence for individual export. At the same time, the production profile changed from galvanised fancy goods into more complicated products, such as metal furniture, racks and gas cylinder trolleys. At the same time, thanks to the high quality of products and punctuality of supplies, the domestic production transformed into export production.
At the beginning of 80s, Henryk was joined by his son Piotr, who had just graduated from the Technical University of Poznan. At that time, 90% of the production volume was exported to Germany, England, Austria and France.
In 2000, an affiliate company managed by Piotr Janiak was created. The company was a general representative and distributor of German lightening companies – Fischer Leuchten and Honsel Leuchten. What marked the company’s development was its increasing assortment of lamps and a systematic increase of the number of contractors in the whole country. However, we resigned from trading activity later on, and completely focused on production.
Since 2005, we have been a certified supplier of bearing rollers for the German branch of the SKF company in Schweinfurt. In addition, in the same year, we obtained a certificate of the Office of Technical Inspection confirming that we implemented and applied a welding works quality system in accordance with the PN-EN 729-2:1997 standard. To meet expectations of our customers, we have started to operate in accordance with the PN-EN ISO 3834-2:2007 standard since 2008.
By establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving the quality management system in accordance with the ISO 9001-2000 standard, the entrepreneurship has reached and still maintains the ability to manufacture goods at such a level that each customer gets a product compliant with the order, while, at the same time, we have also established economic ensuring development of the company. In 2010, we have introduced the ISO 9001:2008 standard to the company.
In 2009, Henryk Janiak and his wife handed the business over to their children. Piotr Janiak became the President of the Company. Today, at the area of 10,000 m2, the company owns several production halls and employs ca. 65 persons. Henryk Janiak still actively contributes to the company’s development.
In the autumn of 2009 Metgalex had its 50th anniversary.