TUROMAS opened its Centre for Innovation and Special Developments (Centro de Innovación y Desarrollos Especiales, CIDET), the cornerstone of the expansion project. The Centre is looking to lead efforts in investigation, design and the development of new machines, software and comprehensive solutions.
Those who attended the opening ceremony were the Deputy Mayor of Rubielos de Mora, José Vivó; the Mayor of Mora de Rubielos, Hugo Arquímides Ríos; the Deputy Mayor of Mora de Rubielos, Luisa Vivas; the President of the Spanish Confederation of Freelancers of Teruel and the President of the Gúdar-Javalambre Association, Juan Carlos Escuder; The President of CEPYME Teruel, Juan Ciércoles and the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Teruel, Antonio Santa Isabel.
It was expected that during the event, the Mayor of Rubielos de Mora, Ángel Gracia, and the Provincial Deputy Antonio Amador, as well as Álvaro Tomás and Antonio Ortega, Vice-President and General Manager de TUROMAS respectively, would take part. Gracia was unable to attend due to personal reasons and the Deputy Mayor, José Vivó, came in his absence.
Vivó underlined the importance of having a local business generating employment and revitalising the population in what is currently a depopulating area. He also publicly mentioned the effort that is being made by the Town Council to make fibre optics a reality.
The event began with words of welcome and gratitude to the attendees by the Vice-President of TUROMAS. Álvaro Tomás emphasised that innovation is the cornerstone of future growth but, despite continuing to expand its activity and strengthen its image as an international business, they must not lose the essence and values of the family business that began its activity in 1985.
Tomás expressed his pride in being in charge of a leading Spanish business from Teruel which competes with large German, Austrian and Italian corporations in the flat glass machinery industry.
Currently, as well as its factory in Spain, TUROMAS has a delegation in Santiago in Chile and another in Sao Paulo. The Latin American market is considered to be one of the most strategic regarding the expansion plan, which is why a third subsidiary will be opened in Bogotá at the end of November. This new subsidiary will be presented at the Colombia Glass 2019 Exhibition.
Antonio Ortega structured his speech into two parts. In the first part, he presented the CIDET as a support to the innovative spirit of the Teruel company. The Centre is set up like a new company within the Tur&Development, S.L Group, which will continue working on cutting-edge solutions with technology 4.0, as well as in the development of new product ranges that complement the TUROMAS development portfolio.
In the second part, Ortega talked about the increase in production capacity which the expansion project will bring with it. Based on an architectural render, it was possible to visualise the current layout of the warehouses and how the space will be with the incorporation of the new ones. In total, five warehouses of 2,000 square metres each will be built.
In addition to the more efficient distribution of spaces with new connections that will shorten distances, investment in advanced machinery and equipment and the creation of interaction spaces for employees, an energy efficiency and saving and environmental sustainability plan will be implemented.
Another important point in this second part, was creating employment. In five years, from 2014 to this year, TUROMAS has doubled its workforce. Today, the Rubielos de Mora company has 100 workers and an organisation chart with new departments as a result of development and specialisation. The expansion plan estimates the generation of at least 50 more jobs.
Additionally, internship agreements with professional training centres and universities will continue to be signed. Students will benefit from an eminently practical training that will complement their learning, easing their incorporation into the job market, and they will provide updated knowledge to the company.
To finish, the General Manager did not want to leave out TUROMAS’s commitment to Teruel. Miguel Tomás, founder of the company, backed Rubielos de Mora from the beginning and, despite the obstacles, the situation with the area is strengthening.
With a mention to Miguel Tomás, Álvaro Tomás put an end to the opening ceremony. “Miguel is an example of perseverance. Resolve and tenacity are key to progressing and carrying projects forward, despite the challenges. These qualities have helped TUROMAS to have a notable presence in the five continents.”
“The most important resource a company needs for any project is in the mind. Why do people who have good ideas get paid so much? Because they cannot be mass-produced. No matter how much money a person has, that money will never be able to generate the great ideas that a mind can create in an empty room.” Antonio Ortega, CEO of Turomas
International Networks! Event
The opening of the CIDET was held alongside the celebration of International Networks!, a biannual event aimed at the commercial network and some of TUROMAS’s main customers.
This year, the event held its third edition. The first, in 2015, coincided with the thirtieth anniversary of TUROMAS. The second one in 2017, coincided with the retirement of Miguel Tomás.
The Saturday began with a guided tour of the company’s facilities in the morning. After a meal and a few hours of rest in the respective hotels, the official opening of the CIDET arrived and, after this event, all the attendees enjoyed a pleasant evening in the medieval castle of Mora de Rubielos with a few surprises.
Once more, taking advantage of the dinner time, the work of the best distributor for 2018 was publicly recognised, which went to the Romanian company Alumni. As well as this honour, the best agent of 2018 was also recognised for the first time, which went to the company Satecris, of Madrid.