Dominó er en familievirksomhed i Portugals Coimbra-region, som har fremstillet keramik i tre generationer. Virksomheden blev stiftet i 1988 og laver gulv- og vægfliser til byggeri og dekoration. Siden 2009 har Dominó været hårdt ramt af den økonomiske krise. Men virksomheden har uden af sænke lønninger eller fyre personale formået at bevare succesen ved at fokusere på eksport og en kvalificeret arbejdsstyrke.
European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas has visited tile company Dominó, in Condeixa-a-Nova, Portugal. The EU sees the firm as an outstanding example of the use of European investment in the country.
After a tour of the factory, Moedas said, “The crisis has shown that Brussels needs to take centre stage again, so that people understand what Europe does and doesn’t do.” He added that Portugal “puts European funds to good use”.
The event was also attended by Dominó chairman João José Xavier and head of Condeixa-a-Nova city council Nuno Moita da Costa.
Ceramics firm Dominó, from Condeixa-a-Nova, Portugal, has used EU funding well. European support has enabled it to develop new strategies, restructure its product range and get ahead of the curve on international markets.
Economically weaker Member States have benefited most from EU investment. In Portugal, nine agreements with financial intermediaries under the Investment Plan for Europe had been approved by July 2017. These provide a total of €795 million for 1,500 small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups.
“By investing in higher-risk areas, the EU is showing other public and private investors opportunities to gain access to sectors that are less sought-after because of their innovative nature, or that have longer return-on-investment cycles”, says Catarina Dantas Machado, economic and financial affairs advisor at the European Commission representation in Portugal.
In the photo below: #investEU event in Condeixa-a-Nova, the hometown of Dominó.
Portuguese firm Dominó has been in ceramics for three generations. CEO João José Xavier took over the running of the family business from his father before he was even 30. One of his first challenges was to overcome adverse conditions caused by Portugal’s economic and financial crisis, but this never dented his belief that things would pick up. Dominó received EU financial support to revitalise the business and help it find new export markets. The firm made it through the crisis without any lay-offs or pay cuts (the only cuts involved administration). “We received EU funding to make us more competitive. That enabled us to operate in a market as demanding as that of Europe, where the very best in the world of ceramics operate in great numbers. I think the crisis was an opportunity for restructuring and innovation,” says João José Xavier.
Dominó er en lille virksomhed, der har klaret sig igennem de seneste økonomiske vanskeligheder i Portugal og udvidet ved at investere i eksport og teknologi. Virksomheden kombinerer tradition og forskning med sine keramiske væg- og gulvfliser, der fremstilles af en specialiseret arbejdsstyrke.
Dominó beskæftiger omkring 200 personer og er stærkt repræsenteret i lokalsamfundet. 65 % af produktionen sælges til 60 lande rundt om i verden, og virksomheden bidrager dermed også til vækst i den portugisiske eksportsektor.
Design betyder også meget for virksomheden. Arkitekter og designere verden over benytter virksomhedens enestående smukke fliser af høj kvalitet.