The late businessman and I.T. magnate Steve Jobs, (deceased 5 October), gave the following advice to students in an opening year address at Stanford University in 2005: ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’.
These are words that the manager of the company Onyx Solar, Álvaro Beltrán, has adopted to explain the start-up of the business project established in 2009 and the successful future ahead, according to performance and plans for growth.
The company’s two main driving forces are innovation and becoming international. Both fundamental in facing the economic downturn, Beltrán and his partner and technical director Teodosio del Caño would also add a third: be intrepid.
The two leaders of Onyx Solar have used these qualities to attract a growing number of projects from all over the world with each passing day. They now have 300 projects active in 20 countries, including Spain, where the company specialised in the development of photovoltaic construction materials is experiencing considerable success, despite the economic downturn.
They are currently engaged in work on the glass skylight ceiling of the Béjar market building (Salamanca) and on some well-known wineries in Vizcaya. They have also designed the transparent photovoltaic atrium installed in the new San Antón market in Madrid, as well as another skylight ceiling in Alzira (Valencia) and are responsible for the transparent photovoltaic doors and windows on the town hostel of Gotarrendura.
These are just some of the examples of the incessant activity which has obliged Onyx Solar to contract seven other people who are being phased in, increasing the workforce to 23 employees.
The team is mainly made up of physicists, engineers and architects. Onyx Solar works with firms of recognised global prestige such as Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, KPF, Alejandro Zaera and QVE Arquitectos.
Offices in Shanghai and New York
Within its policy of growth and international vocation, this company wishes to continue expanding and will shortly be opening an office in Bogotá, following on from those it has opened in Shanghai and New York.
According to Álvaro Beltrán, Colombia is an ‘emerging and booming’ economy, a ‘country of opportunities’, where Onyx can depend on significant support from businesses and institutions. This could be the first step into the Latin American market.
The manager of the SME in Avila believes that they have found the ‘ideal partners’ in Colombia to initiate a business project who are already involved in designing projects mainly for office buildings.
The commitment of Onyx Solar in an economic downturn is coming to fruition with sustained growth, with 60% of turnover coming from exports. A leading example for new entrepreneurs, this company shows how it can be done without being a benchmark business in Spain by committing to a small Castilian village going through hard times.
Source: El Mundo