Gesan, now part of the Atlas Copco international group, has decided to turn the Gesan electricity generating groups factory located in the town of Muel, and acquired in July 2011, into its new center of excellence for generators, allowing to create 54 new jobs at its Spanish subsidiary. The factory occupies an area in excess of 37.000m2.
This decision was announced by the Atlas Copco Portable Energy Division during a press conference at the Intermat Exhibition in Paris.
It will incorporate the production of the full range of Atlas Copco QAS, currently manufactured in Antwerp (Belgium) and act as a center for development of Atlas Copco generators brands.
It is anticipated that the center will have 200 employees, an increase over its present workforce of about 50 employees, and will supply markets worldwide.
In addition to the QAS generator range, Gesan plant in Zaragoza is also responsible for the manufacture of the Gesan and Chicago Pneumatic generator brands. The facility is certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards matching all Atlas Copco environmental and quality standards.
Following Atlas Copco support that materialises into an investment of 3 million euros to be allocated between years 2012 and 2013, the factory will be doubling its production capacity with this expansion. In unit numbers this translates into moving from 3,500 to nearly 7,000 by the end of 2013. According to Javier Martinez, the prototypes of the QAS generator intermediate range will be manufactured between now and year end.
Regarding the creation of new jobs, the Gesan head of Human Resources, Juan Canovas, said the first hires that will start immediately will be about ten engineers. The remaining 44 new positions, including many production jobs will be filled by the end of the year.
With a current staff of 160 people, Gesan 54 new hires will raise the figure to 214 posts. In reporting the new project yesterday, the Government of Aragon pointed out that the commitment of the company will allow to create about 80 additional indirect jobs in the area, since the subsidiary of Atlas Copco also works with subcontractors.
Gesan serves a diversity of markets in over 80 countries and the integration into Atlas Copco allows them now to virtually reach everyone. The company was founded in 1986 by Luis San Gil, native of Borja, who being about to retire and with no generational replacement, decided to sell it to the Swedish group Atlas Copco to ensure its continuity. The ownership change was signed in July 2011 and since then Gesan joined the Atlas Copco Portable Energy division.