The company creates architectural design elements from high-performance concrete
Quality design has always set Escofet 1886 apart. In recent years, however, they have focused on building architectural elements (facades, urban furniture and other urban constructions) using high-performance concrete (UHPC). This material has better properties and is more durable than traditional concrete. Moreover, it makes cleaning graffiti easier and isn’t affected by freezing temperatures or salt. At the recent Construmat Fair in Barcelona, Escofet was one of the finalists in the Construction Products category.
With the strong decline in the Spanish market, this Barcelona-based company believes that exports will boost sales by up to 25% in 2013. “Exports have always been important for us, but now they have taken on much greater significance,” explains Escofet Director of Sales Daniel Narváez. The company’s current turnover is 10 million euros and it exports 60% of production, making up the majority of sales for a couple of years now.
Open to hiring new workers
Markets in countries like France, Belgium and Britain are already consolidated, but the company believes it will significantly increase business volume in the coming months in countries like Poland, Scandinavia and the USA. Depending on the results, the company will decide whether or not to restructure its departments. If necessary, they will hire new personnel to “meet demand in the markets where we are present,” explains Daniel.
A historical company
Founded in 1886 in Barcelona, Escofet still to this day manufactures the hexagonal tiles for Passeig de Gràcia, architectural elements for la Sagrada Família and, among other projects in the Catalan capital, also created the façade for Palau Sant Jordi.