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Dominó: la céramique du futur

Une entreprise familiale renouvelle un secteur traditionnel

À propos de ce projet

Dominó est une entreprise familiale de la région de Coimbra, au Portugal, qui fabrique du carrelage en céramique depuis trois générations. Créée en 1988, elle fabrique du carrelage mural et de sol pour la construction et la décoration. Depuis 2009, Dominó est durement frappée par la crise économique. Pourtant, elle a réussi à maintenir son activité sans baisse de salaires ni licenciement, en mettant l’accent sur les exportations et une main-d’œuvre qualifiée.

Carlos Moedas highlights Dominó as a European success story

Commissioner visits tile company which rode out the crisis
Head of Condeixa-a-Nova city council Nuno Moita da Costa, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas and Dominó chairman João José Xavier

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.

Funding opportunities for Portuguese firms

Dominó becomes a European success story

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.

Young boss keeps his nerve to revitalise ceramics firm

Dominó overcomes adversity caused by Portugal’s economic crisis
João José Xavier, Chairman of the Board at Dominó, Indústrias Cerâmicas

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.

Des carrelages en céramique associant technologie et tradition

Dominó est une petite entreprise qui a réussi à surmonter les récentes difficultés économiques du Portugal en investissant dans l'exportation et les technologies pour développer son activité. Elle allie tradition et recherche pour proposer des carrelages muraux et de sol en céramique fabriqués par une main-d’œuvre spécialisée.

Avec environ 200 employés, cette entreprise a une forte présence locale. En outre, elle contribue à la croissance des exportations portugaises, puisqu’elle vend 65 % de sa production dans 60 pays dans le monde.

Le design est l’autre point fort de l’entreprise. Elle a conquis des architectes et des designers du monde entier avec ses carrelages de haute qualité, à l’esthétique unique.

Faits et chiffres

Dominó:

  • Emploie environ 200 personnes
  • Exporte 65 % de sa production
  • Vend ses produits dans 60 pays, sur les 5 continents
  • Fabrique chaque jour 14 000m² de carrelage en céramique
Coordinateur :
João José Xavier (PDG)
Partenaires:
N/A
Localisation:
Portugal, Condeixa, Coimbra
Délai:
2015 - 2016
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