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Accuride introduces bespoke chocolate slides

 Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Accuride is excited to execute such individual project. They have invented chocolate-coloured, bespoke slide for Swiss chocolatier Blondel.

Just some of the famous Swiss chocolate brands that have become household names over the last two centuries. Swiss chocolate factories date back to 1819, when François-Louis Callier opened the first mechanised chocolate factory in Vevey, near Lac Léman. In 1836, the Sprüngli family set up Confiserie Sprüngli, but it would be another 56 years until they joined forces with Rodolphe Lindt’s Bern-based factory in 1892 to become the Lindt brand everyone knows today.

Nestled in this history is Blondel, a chocolaterie in the city of Lausanne. Without doubt one of the oldest shops in the city, Blondel first opened its doors in 1850 and had remained unchanged since 1930. The shop recently underwent its second renovation in its history, a feat which saw the shop floor reconfigured in only 9 weeks thanks to the expertise of Philippe Cuendet and Ivan Lietchi, supported by cabinet makers at Mathey Agencement.

Mathey Agencement came directly to Accuride to discuss the possibility of creating a brass colour slide for Blondel’s display cabinets, and Accuride’s engineers were only too happy to take on the challenge! Based on their DS5321 and the hygienic properties of stainless steel due to its non-porous and corrosion-resistant nature, the slide that they created for Blondel included a hold-in feature to keep the shelves stable when the shelf is in its ‘closed’ position, and a disconnect feature to be able to clean regularly the cabinets.

“At Accuride, we never shy away from a challenge (or chocolate). Innovation is at the heart of what we do, and if a customer comes to us with a very specific request – such as a chocolate brown-coloured slide – we will do everything we can in order to meet that client’s requirements.” spokesperson of Accuride.

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