Corporation
16.06.2006
Under the title, “Training for changes: attitudes to the difficulties and possibilities”, Manuel Torres explained that his company emerged with a clear innovational vocation, “The challenge of the unknown is part of our nature and is what really instils great passion in us as professionals” assuring that “with the passing of time, we have acquired a great creative capacity and we have developed professional resources which allow us to successfully face the difficulties that arise when a step towards the unknown is taken”.

This innovative vocation is shown in the MTorres Group commitment to research, to which it dedicates 15% of its income figures.

After explaining that the MTorres Group emerged in the year 1975, dedicating itself to the paper mill industry and that in the year 1986, with an enormous scope, the sector was going through a large crisis, and so they tackled the aeronautical sector by developing a “universal mould” which allows flexible production. Manuel Torres stated that, as it is a family business and, therefore, he worries a lot about its strength, he decided to start doing other activities in which he could apply his acquired knowledge, “provoking synergies of knowledge”; and this is how they entered into the wind sector in 1998.

Manuel Torres continued his exposition relating in detail that, in 2004 and with a great desire to be able to take part in the Spanish challenge Copa América (America’s Cup), the MTorres Group starts its activity in the naval sector; it doesn’t fulfil its objective of taking part in the Spanish challenge but, paradoxically, it does manage to fulfil it in one of the Italian trade unions. Its last challenge is the floating desalinating platform, on which it is working and investing resources.

For Manuel Torres each crisis, each change presents great opportunities. In his opinion, the secret is in “simplicity facing complexity, in permanently exploring new possibilities, markets and innovative solutions, in taking risks, in scrupulously fulfilling the acquired commitments and, lastly, in overcoming the client’s expectations”. In this sense, he is committed to optimism and creativity, he flees from routine and mediocrity and defends freedom, initiative and personal responsibility.

UNIVERSITIES, LOW PERFORMANCE ENGINES

Our president emphasized the role that universities play. He lamented that “these are low performance engines where a lot of opportunities are lost due to a lack of resources and encouragement”. He highlighted the difficulties that teachers face when trying to participate in a company. In his opinion, the last few years of University must include the development of creative capacities and attitudes but, unfortunately, “young people are left with very little capacity for creative development”. He highlighted “the need to change this situation if we want a developed country and if we don’t want our professionals to have to emigrate”.

Lastly, Manuel Torres pointed out that, “we optimists believe that science and technology have the answer to almost everything and this represents new development and business opportunities for the most advanced societies; with more knowledge and creative capacity”.

This IV Meeting was attended by Emilio Barberá, autonomous secretary of Universidad, Ciencia y Tecnología (University, Science and Technology), and by Jaime Gómez Hernández, general director of Coordinación de Infraestructuras Científicas y Tecnológicas (Scientific and Technological Infrastructure Coordination), as well as representatives of the university world and of around twenty other Valencia companies.