INDUSTRIAL ARCOL reaches 75 years. How was the beginning?
Our path began in 1942, in my grandfather’s workshop in Barcelona, producing from rear view mirrors for motorcycles and cars, lighting fixtures, horns … to the mirror of the legendary Biscúter.
My father continued this work and so we grew. In the 70’s we were already exporting and in the 90’s we moved to Sant Adrià del Besós.
What have been the most outlined changes throughout your career?
As in the majority of companies in our country, the most significant change has been the integration of new technologies. This has allowed us to improve our processes and our quality system, while we have added new products … that is, we have grown.
In fact, in 2008 we moved to new and much larger facilities in La Roca del Vallès
Which are your main business divisions? To what industries are you focused?
The main activity are the rear viewers, lights and sunblinds. In the last years and with the integration of new technologies into our products, we have incorporated driving assistance systems such as cameras and monitors. Our range of products could be found in Buses, Coaches, Motorhomes, Trains, Trams, Special Vehicles …
To what factors can be attributed your success?
To achieve 75 years as a successfully family business is the result of the effort and dedication of our team, partners and suppliers but above all, thanks to our customers. This would not have been possible without all of them
What does it make you different from other companies in the industry?
The differential factor of Arcol is our aim of service towards customers.
All our equipment, R & D, Quality, Production … is totally involved in working to offer the most innovative, technological and safe solutions for our client, As well as customize our products according to your needs
How do you see the future of Arcol?
We will work following our philosophy of innovation, improvement for the driving safety and definitely offering to our customers this global service from their first idea to the final product.
Although I think the best is yet to come …
Arcol has more than 3,000m2 of facilities dedicated to administration, production, logistics, testing laboratories, design and R&D. This allows us to monitor the development of our products, from their initial conception, to manufacturing and final production.
The complete control of this process, results in a final product of the highest quality. In addition, it allows us to manufacture exclusive and personalised products for the specific needs of our customers.
The effort of doing things well is always rewarded by what is most important and satisfying: the recognition, the acceptance and the valuing of our products, by our clients.
If to this we add the award of Quality Certificates ISO 9001:2008 and Environment ISO 14001:2004, we can't do more than feel pride as we look back and see the path that has led us here.
But most important is the confirmation of being on the right line, looking to the future with our desire to improve intact.
“To design, manufacture and distribute automotive accessories, leaders in quality and reliability, while respecting the environment”.
So begins the Quality and Environmental policy of Industrial Arcol. A document intended to raise awareness and motivate all employees by the collective management of quality and the environment.