Since its founding in 2013, the business expansion in South America has been planned by FanTR. 5 years later, in 2018, this planning became a reality with the opening of the first commercial office outside Brazil. The chosen country was Colombia.
A country of high relief and rugged geography, it has many large road tunnel projects, and also an important and expanding mining market.
Speaking a little about our history, it was in this country that FanTR (as Tecsis) made in 2007 the first sale of ventilation systems for opening tunnels outside the national context. The construction of the Porce III Hydropower Plant was a milestone for the design of systems for opening tunnels, as this was the largest tunnel complex in Latin America for hydropower plants at that time.
Today with a local office in Bogota and a full-time dedicated person, the purpose is to go beyond supplying equipment for the Colombian market and also to establish the FanTR standard of service.
Carlos C. Porras is a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Fluent in Spanish, English, Italian, and French, with knowledge of Portuguese. He has field experience in rotating equipment and directional drilling and the ventilation sector with specialized technical assistance services and risk management for infrastructure projects with road tunnels.
Opening an office is just a start for us. With the business growth in Colombia, the goal is to have a local warehouse and stock.
In addition to the underground ventilation market, FanTR Colombia has also started to expand its work in prospecting customers for Cooling Towers.