A year ago, this magazine published a report about Europe’s largest manufacturer of plastic manhole liners, who, beginning in 2006, also started offering franchise licenses to concrete production facilities. The underlying reasoning in introducing franchising was to perfect the manhole liner system’s flexibility, which meant keeping manhole liner delivery times to a minimum by shifting liner assembly to concrete production facilities. Transport costs have also been significantly reduced as Predl® now only sends semifinished articles to its franchise partners instead of pre-assembled manhole liners. In addition, assembly at partner production facilities means that a part of the added value devolves on the same.
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