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Dominó: framtidens keramik

Tredje generationen företagare förnyar en traditionell industri

Om detta projekt

Dominó är ett familjeföretag i den portugisiska regionen Coimbra som har tillverkat keramik i tre generationer. Företaget grundades 1988 och gör keramikplattor till golv och väggar. Sedan 2009 har Dominó varit hårt drabbat av den ekonomiska krisen. Men genom att satsa på export och en kvalificerad arbetskraft har man klarat sig utan att behöva sänka lönerna eller avskeda personal.

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.

Keramik som kombinerar teknik och tradition

Dominó är ett litet företag som har överlevt Portugals ekonomiska kris och vuxit genom att satsa på export och teknik. Företaget kombinerar tradition och forskning, och har en specialiserad arbetskraft som tillverkar de keramiska vägg- och golvplattorna.

Dominó sysselsätter omkring 200 personer och är ett viktigt lokalt företag. Man bidrar också till den portugisiska exporten: 65 procent av produktionen går på export till 60 länder i hela världen.

Företaget satsar mycket på design. Arkitekter och formgivare i hela världen använder de unika och vackra plattorna av hög kvalitet.

Fakta och siffror

Dominó:

  • Sysselsätter omkring 200 personer
  • Exporterar 65 procent av sina produkter
  • Säljer till 60 länder på fem kontinenter
  • Tillverkar 14 000 m² keramik per dag
Samordnare:
João José Xavier (verkställande direktör)
Partners:
N/A
Plats:
Portugal, Condeixa, Coimbra
Tidsram:
2015 - 2016
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