Orkli Receives IESE’s Prize for Industrial Excellence

Award granted to Spain’s best factories of the year

11/12/2013 Barcelona


On December 11, IESE’s CELSA Chair of Competitiveness in Manufacturing awarded Orkli the 2013 Prize for Industrial Excellence. Based in Ordizia, (Guipuzcoa), Orkli manufactures and sells parts for heating, domestic hot water supply, water heating and appliances. Its achievements in doing so have earned the company this year’s award for running the best factory.

Francesc Rubiralta, President and CEO of CELSA Group, and Jordi Canals, Dean of IESE, presented José Luis Pérez, President of Orkli, with the prize on IESE’s Barcelona campus.

An industrial cooperative from the Grupo Mondragón, Orkli has attained impressive levels of excellence over the last several years, particularly in its entrepreneurial spirit and its ability to stimulate employment, both of which the prize recognizes. Since it was founded in 1974, Orkli has forged a commendable track record. From a social entrepreneurial project focused on generating regional employment in Goierri (Guipuzcoa), today the company employs 500 people at its central plant in Ordizia, plus 300 more in its factories in China and Brazil.

The other finalists this year—C.P.E. and Bellota Agrisolutions, Ormazabal y CIA, and SLU—have also been commended for striving to attain the highest level of industrial excellence.

The Industrial Excellence Prize is an IESE initiative that began in 2008, recognizing the efforts of Spanish industrial companies that, thanks to their management and operational excellence, boost the country’s economic competitiveness.