Is gnólacht teaghlaigh Dominó i réigiún Coimbra na Portaingéile atá ag déanamh earraí ceirmeacha le trí ghlúin anuas. Cuireadh Dominó ar bun in 1988, agus déanann sé tíleanna balla agus urláir do thionscal na tógála agus do mhaisiú tí. Ó 2009 i leith, is trom atá Dominó buailte ag an ngéarchéim eacnamaíoch. Ach trí dhíriú ar easpórtálacha agus scileanna na foirne, lean sé de bheith ag feidhmiú go rathúil gan tuarastail a ísliú agus gan aon chaillteanas poist.
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.
Is gnólacht Dominó ar éirigh leis deacrachtaí eacnamaíocha na Portaingéile a shárú agus a chuid gnó a leathnú trí infheistiú a dhéanamh in easpórtálacha agus sa teicneolaíocht. Baineann an fhoireann speisialaithe leas iomlán as an traidisiún agus an taighde ar aon chun tíleanna ceirmeacha balla agus urláir a tháirgeadh.
Is gnó tábhachtach áitiúil Dominó a fhostaíonn thart ar 200 duine. Ina theannta sin, toisc gur i 60 tír fud fad an domhain a dhíoltar 65% de tháirgeacht na gnólachta, tá sé ag cur le fás easpórtálacha na Portaingéile.
Rud eile, is mór ag Dominó an dearadh maith. Chuaigh a thíleanna ardcháilíochta áille i gcion go mór ar ailtirí agus ar dhearthóirí ar fud an domhain.