This Friday, 24 April, marks the 4th anniversary of the death of Candi Granés Campasol, a Banyoles business owner who gave birth to Granés Fundació. This organisation was born from an endowment in his will, with the idea of giving back to society and his local community part of what he had received during his life. The Foundation’s specific purposes are the following:
Social care for the physically and intellectually challenged.
Financial support to help young people study for specialisations or university master’s degrees or research courses.
Candi Granés was born in 1945 in Banyoles. When he was 17, he started to work in Comexi and in 1970, he joined the Banyoles water pump manufacturer Bombas Félez.
In 1972, he founded Inoxpa, specialised in manufacturing stainless steel fluid transport components and equipment for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. With his forward-looking vision, he began the company’s internationalisation in 1980, opening a sales office in Perpignan. By 2008, INOXPA products were being sold around the world.
In 2010, he received the Prince Philip of Spain Award for Business Competitiveness in the SME category and also the Banyoles citizen of the Year prize for the Best Business Initiative; in 2014, he received the 2013 National Innovation and Design Prize in the Internationalisation category, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
His great achievement was to transform a small Banyoles company specialised in manufacturing stainless steel pumps (the first in Spain at the time) into a global enterprise. Today, from its head offices in Banyoles, it operates factories in France, Portugal, India and Moldavia and 5 engineering centres (Banyoles, Valencia, Pune-India, Vale de Cambra-Portugal, Chambly-France and Chisinau-Moldavia).