The Purchasing Department of the Spanish hotel management company Sol Meliá has recently signed four international agreements with Fagor Industrial, Oneida, Industrial Salva and the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS). The agreements were signed by the General Manager of Fagor Industrial, José Luis Lizarbe D’ez, the Sales Manager of Industrial Salva, Luis Llordés, the International Operations Manager of Oneida, James E. Joseph, and the Chief Executive Officer of SGS Spain, Paul Albrecht.
Fagor Industrial, a company specialising in industrial kitchen equipment, sells its products in more than 60 countries and employs almost 8,000 staff. Based in Oñati in Guipuzcoa, the company had a turnover of 145,276 million pesetas in 1996.
Industrial Salva is another company from Guipuzcoa specialising in the manufacture of ovens and accessory equipment for bakeries, employing 146 staff and with sales in 1996 of 3,560 million pesetas. The North American multinational Oneida specialises in cutlery manufacturing and reached total sales in 1996 of 514 million dollars.
Finally, the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), a Swiss company founded in 1878, is currently a world leader in the field of quality certification, testing and inspection. The company currently employs more than 38,000 people, with over 300 associated companies, 1,200 offices and 342 independent laboratories in 140 countries. In 1996 the company had a gross turnover of 300,000 million pesetas. SGS will provide Sol Meliá with hygiene and safety control services.
The objective of these global agreements between Sol Meliá and world-leading companies is to improve the service provided to guests and to hotel owners by the Spanish hotel management company. Sol Meliá aims to form numerous international agreements with companies that are able to supply superior quality products and provide services to all of the company’s hotels throughout the world, regardless of their location, thus guaranteeing coherent product and service quality standards and generating economies of scale that will lead to greater profitability for Sol Meliá hotels.
Sol Meliá currently operates a total of 227 hotels in 25 countries on 4 continents.