Six Spanish companies get internationalisation awards
Porcelanosa, Pili Carrera, Llaollao, Edelvives, Casademont and Meliá were the winners of the 4th Crédito y Caución Awards for Internationalisation, giving recognition to their contributions to economic and social development in our country and to the promotion of Spanish products and services in international markets.
The winners were chosen by an expert jury chaired by Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, High Commissioner for Marca España. The judges had to consider 136 entries from 72 companies. ‘The award-winning companies are but a sample of the richness and diversity of business in our country. We have leaders in almost every sector,’ Mr Espinosa de los Monteros said at the award ceremony, organised by Crédito y Caución, Expansión, IE Business School and Iberinform.
The award winners
Héctor Colonques (Vila-real, Castellón, 1942), founder and CEO of Porcelanosa, was given the award for Businessman of the Year. Under his 40-year management, Porcelanosa expanded into a hundred countries and earned international recognition, as shown in a recent survey by PwC and Financial Times.
Meliá got the award for Flagship Company. The hotel chain has 375 properties in 43 countries. Last year, it strengthened its presence in USA, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Germany, China and Cape Verde.
Edelvives, a publishing group established in the nineteenth century, got the award for Corporate History. Present in international markets for the past two decades, Edelvives continues to strengthen its position through cooperation agreements with leading companies like Lego (for the introduction of robots in schools) and with technology giants like Google, Dell or Intel.
The Project of the Year award went to Llaollao, a brand established only four years ago and already present in 23 countries with 227 stores. It has just signed a master franchise agreement to introduce Spanish frozen yoghurt in USA.
Casademont was chosen as SME of the Year. It is a pioneer in the industrialisation of sausage and cold meat production, making heavy investments in R&D+i in this area.
This category had another winner: Pili Carrera, a brand established in the 1960s. Beginning as a newborn and infant clothing store, it is now a global reference in children’s fashion, owning 50 stores in 16 countries.