Metalquimia and the Lagares family have received recognition, on various occasions, for their contribution to the growth and internationalization of Catalan and Spanish industry, with a variety of awards and prizes.
June 2013 AIJEC BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Josep Lagares joyfully received the Business Achievement Award, granted by the Independent Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Catalonia AIJEC, in a ceremony held at Camp Nou (barcelona Footvball Club Stadium) on June 11, 2013, chaired by the President of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Mr. Artur Mas.
May 2010 Mercè Sala Award
Last Tuesday, May 11, 2010, the Human Factor Foundation granted Metalquimia the "Mercè Sala Award" which this Foundation gives annually to Companies that have excelled in the promotion of people as a Key Factor for the future of our society.
In the photo, Financial Manager of Metalquimia, Mr. Antonio Fernández, receiving the award from Mr. Cristobal Colón (La Fageda), and the members of the jury: Mrs. Rosa Cullell, Mr. Salvador Alemany and Mr. Narcís Serra.
Included below Mr. Josep Lagares Award acceptance speech, given (via videoconference from Frankfurt) during the evening of the Awards ceremony that took place at the Caixa Forum in Barcelona
Good evening Barcelona, distinguished authorities, ladies and gentlemen, all friends ... Good evening from Frankfurt ... yes, good evening from the IFFA fair in Frankfurt, the most important fair on the planet in everything having to do with the meat sector and where some seventy Spanish companies are striving to make a place for ourselves in the world market by presenting "homemade" technologies that will without doubt set the trend in this important subsector of the food industry. When ANNA FORNÉS , Managing Director of the HUMAN FACTOR FOUNDATION, called me to tell me that the Foundation had decided to grant this year's " Mercè Sala Human Factor Award " to MQ, my heart jumped ...a jump both joyful and contradictory, but believe me a good jump !!! On the one hand, the joy of being honored with a prestigious award bearing the name and spirit of Mercè Sala, and on the other hand, the contradiction of the date ...on the same day and at exactly the same time we have gathered here at the Frankfurt fair more than 400 customers and friends from around the world, together with all our people... for the sake of consistency, which is the subject you are talking about this evening, I couldn't be absent; for consistency I had to be here today standing by my people and our entire team; for consistency I could not renounce sharing these unrepeatable moments that took so long to prepare with all those who trust in us,...and so first of all, the first thing I'd like to do is ask all of you to accept our most wholehearted and sincerest apologies for not being with you in person this evening, and you can be sure we are present in heart and spirit. The first and only time in my life that I encountered Mercè was back in the month of May in 2003... it was at a Conference with more than 400 managers organized by Tribuna de Girona and the AED at the Peralada Golf Club. Mercè spoke at the first session of the afternoon... the session that nobody wants because it's right after lunch and we participants usually do our best to disappear... nothing could be further from the reality of what happened that day... Mercè gave a praiseworthy and explosive speech about Good Government and the Family-owned Business... as you can imagine, nobody fell asleep and her words resonated, at a time when the subject of Good Government was especially delicate, with an injection of confidence and hope in the values and ethics in the people who are responsible for managing organizations. As I listened to her I thought more and more about how right she was, how much truth was distilled in her words, and yet I didn't understand why so many organizations failed in this area, precisely when so many of us had been brought up since childhood to respect and esteem other people, our heritage and that of others, and the values that both our grandparents and parents had made us live by since we were children.That day in Peralada we learned many things that have surely stayed in our minds up to this day and have helped us in our path through life. Personally and at that time, as some of you probably already know, I devoted myself, and still do, to jumping out of airplanes... Yes, you heard right, skydiving, in particular Freefall formation, and in all these years I have had the honor of taking part in unique and unrepeatable teams representing our Country in many events and competitions... and I'm telling you this because many of the thoughts that Mercè expressed to us in Peralada I was experiencing myself as part of a high performance sport team. Never adopting a confrontational attitude toward other members of the team, which means eliminating from our vocabulary I and YOU and replacing them with WE; being aware that, as they say in English "EVERY ONE MATTERS", that each individual is important, regardless of the moment or the particular role within the team; having a generous dedication and an attitude of commitment toward coworkers instead of thinking only of oneself; motivating and inspiring others in their tasks without expecting anything in return; trying to transform negative energy and unpleasant moments into positive energy and hopeful moments ; the changing of positions within the formation, in skydiving we call adopting the BSLOT, which means leaving our comfort zone and taking the position of our teammate in order to learn to improve ourselves as individuals and as a team; having the flexibility to adapt to an unpredictable environment and to a multitude of small conflicts; maintaining stability and staying on course without losing sight of the overall objective; recognizing that every person is an individual with his or her own personality and peculiarities that don't have to be like ours, and therefore, it is not so important to treat others as you would like to be treated, but rather as they would like to be treated; ... as you can see, I had a lot of reflections, and so many others that I could go on and on and which, in all these years of flying the skies of Ampurdán I have been interiorizing with the goal of applying them at home, in our Family-owned business. But there is still one very important thing left to say, which is that to achieve everything I have just explained it is necessary to TRAIN, TRAIN and TRAIN which in business lingo translates into WORK, WORK and WORK, making sure that each and every member of the team realizes that their particular commitment and optimum performance is the key to the success of EVERYTHING, to the success of their teammates above their own ... It is this attitude of generosity and trust in others that makes things better day after day. And finally, to finish and not bore you any longer, Anna has asked me to comment briefly on the spirit of CREATIVATION ...Yes, creativation, you heard correctly...not creativity or innovation, but creativation, as a supporting column to inspire and engage those we love most ...our people. In MQ we always say that the systematic management of creativity brings us new ideas and the systematic and planned management of innovation transforms in value the best ideas generated in the creative process. This phrase describes perfectly the model of CREATIVATION devised by our people, a model internalized in every corner and each person in our organization, where the systematic management of CREATIvity and innoVATION closely overlap to generate consistent return for our people, for our organization and for society. This is the spirit of creativation of MQ, a spirit where the management of inspiration is focused on generating value and shared commitment, loyalty, trust and generosity throughout our entire personal and business environment. I'm happy to have been able to talk today about this model of ours with all of you and I wholeheartedly hope that someday we can all share it. Many thanks again for this recognition that fills us with pride and satisfaction... Farewell from Frankfurt ...see you soon and Much Happiness, life is short!!!!
April 2007 Prince Felipe Award for business competitiveness
The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce has recently granted METALQUIMIA the most prestigious Award that a Spanish Company can be honoured with, the "PREMIO PRINCIPE FELIPE A LA COMPETITIVIDAD EMPRESARIAL", for its international expansion and innovative competitiveness strategy.
The Awards Ceremony was held in the Palacio de Congresos, Madrid on 10th April 2007, during a multitudinous reception where more than 1500 Spanish representatives from the economic, business and political world were present.
The award was delivered to Mr. Narcís Lagares, President of METALQUIMIA, by His Royal Highness the Prince Felipe, successor to the Spanish Crown, and the Spanish Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.
November 2006 Dossier Economic
The "Dossier Economic", the most prestigious weekly economic magazine in Catalonia, has recently awarded METALQUIMIA for its International expansion and worldwide business strategy.
The Awards Ceremony was celebrated in the prestigious Hotel Ars in Barcelona on29th November 2006, during the "Nit de l'Economia i l'Empresa" ("Economy & Business Night") reception where more than 1000 Spanish representatives from the economic, business and political world were present.
The award was delivered to Mr. Josep Lagares and to Mr. Narcís Lagares Jr. by Catalonia's Minister of Economy and Finances, the Honourable Antoni Castells and by Catalonia's Minister of Innovation, University and Enterprise, the Honourable Josep Huguet
October 2006 Francesc Macia Medal
Mr. Narcís Lagares, President of METALQUIMIA has received lifetime personal recognition with the FRANCESC MACIÀ medal, an award granted by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia's Government), which recognizes the excellence in labour and the support to the growth of the Catalan economy during a whole lifetime cycle.
The FRANCESC MACIÀ medal was delivered to Mr. Narcís Lagares by the President of Catalonia the Most Honourable Pasqual Maragall, during a multitudinary Reception held in Barcelona's Llotja de Mar 26th October 2006
November 2005 Bufí & Planas Award
METALQUIMIA is proud to announce that we have received, last November 2005, the BUFÍ & PLANAS 2005 Award. This award, granted by the Foundation of the same name, distinguishes those companies and people who have stood out for their efforts in promoting the human value of work, integrated in a common sociomanagerial objective.
December 2004 Multisectorial Exporters Association (AMEC)
The Multisectorial Exporters Association (AMEC) has again granted METALQUIMIA, last December 2004, another Award for its contribution and efforts in promoting Spanish Companies International expansion.
November 2004 Private Entrepreneurship Support Award
The "Obra del Ballet Popular" one of the most prestigious Catalan cultural Institutions, has awarded again METALQUIMIA and its President, Mr. Narcís Lagares, last November 2004, with the Prize "Private Entrepreneurship Support" for its continuous and systematic collaboration toward the recognition and expansion of our musical culture.
April 2004 Musicat award
The Professional Musicians Association paid homage to METALQUIMIA, last April 18, 2004, with the granting of the prestigious award "MUSICAT" for its continual contribution in favor of the international diffusion and promotion of Catalan music and culture.
March 2004 Association of Sardana Groups of Catalonia
In Recognition and as Homage to the special contribution and continual support given to the diffusion of Catalan culture, and most especially to its musical heritage "LA SARDANA", The Association of Sardana Groups of Catalonia (Unió de Colles Sardanistes de Catalunya) paid homage to METALQUIMIA and its President Mr. Narcís Lagares, last March 7, 2004, for their continual collaboration with and service rendered in the international diffusion of cultural.
November 2003 Award to the Enterprising Catalan for 2003
More recently, in November 2003, METALQUIMIA and its President, Mr. Narcís Lagares, again received recognition for their work in favor of an enterprising, creative and innovative spirit, being granted the "Award to the Enterprising Catalan for 2003 (innovation section)". Said award is granted annually by the prestigious consulting firm Ernst&Young and the IESE Business School, considered to be one of the best business schools in continental Europe.
January 2001 Award for Innovation and Technology
In the year 2001, METALQUIMIA received recognition once again, for its great creative and innovative work, becoming the first Catalan company to receive for a second time the "Award for Innovation and Technology", granted by the Government of Catalonia.
January 1999 AMEC Silver Medal
In 1999, the Multisectorial Exporters Association (AMEC) granted METALQUIMIA and its General Manager, Mr. Josep Lagares, the "AMEC Silver Medal" by virtue of the merits reached in their outstanding work in promoting Spanish exportation.
January 1995 Award for best Business Initiatives
Also in the year 1995, METALQUIMIA received another important award, this time the "Award for best Business Initiatives" granted by the newspaper "El Periódico de Catalunya".
January 1995 Award for Exporting Dynamism
In the year 1995, the Girona Chamber of Commerce distinguished METALQUIMIA yet again with the "Award for Exporting Dynamism".
August 1994 Award Golden Sickle
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Republic of Slovakia has granted METALQUIMIA the Award "Golden Sickle" for best machine exhibited during the AGROKOMPLEX 94 show, held in the Slovakian city of Nitra in the month of August, 1994.
July 1994 Award for "Internationalization of the Catalan Economy"
Less than a year after having received this important award, the Government of Catalonia once again gave recognition to the work done by METALQUIMIA in promoting the productive economy, granting the company, in July of 1994, one of the awards for "Internationalization of the Catalan Economy".
September 1993 Technology Award
METALQUIMIA has also received recognition for its work in the field of research and innovation, carried out since its beginnings, being granted, on September 21, 1993, the "Technology Award", whose purpose is to award and give distinction to companies that have done outstanding work in the application of technological innovation to industrial processes or products.
January 1989 Forger of Exportation
In the same year, 1989, the Multisectorial Association of Exporters (AMEC) granted the "Forger of Exportation" award to METALQUIMIA, in recognition of its work toward promoting Spanish exportation.
January 1989 EXPORT AWARD FOR OPENING UP MARKETS
In 1989 METALQUIMIA received recognition from the Girona (Spain) Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation with the granting of the "Export Award for opening up markets".