The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg awards its Company of the Year Prize 2015 to Orona

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg has awarded Orona, in its third edition of the Company of the Year Award 2015. This prize is awarded every year by the Chamber to a company for the promotion of Spanish trade and business development in Belgium and Luxembourg.

ORONA is a business group with more than five decades of experience, is formed by 30 companies in Spain, France, Portugal, United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Brazil and Poland that employs more than 4,500 people.

Its activity centres on the design, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and modernisation of urban mobility and elevation solutions, such as lifts, escalators ramps and moving walkways. All of this from an integral service perspective and for all sectors, from residential to commercial, public health, heritage buildings and heavy loads.

The well-known Basque company came to Belgium in 1996 through a distribution network. Orona then acquired in 2010 and 2011, respectively, CoopmanLiften y Ascelec Ascenseurs. In 2015, the company has implemented a brand unification process that offers services and innovative solutions all over the country. 250 people are currently part of the international Orona project in Belgium and Luxembourg, where they carried out important works like the Metro of Brussels. Belgium is now one of the countries where Orona combines a large number of service contracts with new installation contracts.

Juan Rodríguez-Villa, President of the Chamber, said that “The key to success of Orona group has to be found in their own research, which implies technological independence, combined with the commercial spirit and thanks to the ambition of a team who spares no effort to become one of the leading companies of the industry at international level”.

For its part, Aitor Mendia, Corporate Board of Orona International, told that “At Orona we are very proud to get this award because Belgium (and Luxemburg too, in the corresponding dimension), means a lot to us. Orona in Belgium is actually a Belgian company, managed with  effort and collaboration of our human Belgian capital aimed to providing mobility solutions that help to improve the quality of life of Belgian people. Orona has a major presence in this country, both in volume facilities, unique solutions and maintenance contracts. It is increasingly difficult to understand Orona without Belgium and we also aim to make it difficult to understand Belgium without Orona”.

The prize was awarded by Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General for the Environment of the European Commission, who highlighted that Orona is the first company in the worldwide elevation sector that is certified with Ecodesign ISO 14006. International leaders and representatives of local, Spanish and European public institutions also participated in the event.

Orona´s figures:

  • Business Group consisting of more than 30 companies in 11 countries.
  • 1 out of every 10 new lifts in Europe is from Orona.
  • More than 100 countries have Orona products installed.
  • 250,000 lifts worldwide with Orona technology.
  • Number 1 in Europe in terms of capacity for producing complete lifts
  • Two production plants in Europe.
  • 4,500 professionals with strong commitment to service.
  • The worldwide lifting company certified with Ecodesign – ISO 14006.
  • 2014 consolidated sales: 578 million euros.
  • 2014 investment: 38 million euros.
  • 2014 consolidated profit: 77 millon.