Himoinsa poised for Spanish rebound

By Helen Wright19 June 2014

Francisco J Gracia, executive director of Himoinsa.

Francisco J Gracia, executive director of Himoinsa.

In recent years, Spanish manufacturer Himoinsa's domestic sales have fallen by 85% as a result of the decline of sectors such as construction and public works, but the company said it is ready to react when the country’s economy starts to pick up.

Speaking at the manufacturer’s Spain 2014 Convention for its distributors and representatives, founding president and executive director Francisco Gracia said, “Fortunately our global sales have continued to increase thanks to the growth of other international markets in which we have a strong competitive presence.”

The company said Spanish sales currently accounted for around 10% of its global sales.

Himoinsa Spain sales director Juan Perona said the manufacturer was still the market leader in the country, “Our generator sets have been used in 80% of Spanish public works, and we are very confident that we will be the first to make a move when the economy starts to pick up.

“We know that many Spanish companies have been selling their machinery outside the country during these years of inactivity and that they will need to buy significant amounts of equipment when activity starts to recover.”

At the Himoinsa Spain 2014 Convention, distributors and representatives of the company had the opportunity to find out about its new HHW series of generator sets and new range of Apolo lighting towers.

The new HHW Series is a seven-model range of generators with power output ranging between 20 and 100kVA at 50H,z and between30 and 120kVa at 60Hz.

Himoinsa has also developed technology for hybrid generators with a variable speed drive from 1300 to 3000rpm. The hybrid generator sets feature a battery pack, a diesel set and solar panels – reducing diesel consumption by up to 40% compared to a conventional generator, according to the company.

On show to the distributors was a15kW machine with a battery bank of 700 amps/hour and 1,500 amps/hour.

Himoinsa also introduced the company's new online parts system to the distribution network, which allows spare parts to be sold around the clock.

Javier Eroles Alias, a HIMOINSA distributor in Catalonia and Andorra, praised the new online system, which was designed to streamline the ordering and distribution of parts. He said the service was, “highly appreciated by customers".

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