Honorary President and Founder of Antolin GroupJose Antolin Toledano, died this Thursday at the age of 86 surrounded by his family and loved ones, the company said in a statement.
Together with his brother Avellino, Toledano transformed a small business in Burgos into one of the largest manufacturers of components. car With a presence in 26 countries and over 25,000 workers in the world. He began working in his father’s workshop when he was only 14, and in 1959, together with his brother, built the first factory to produce. steering knuckle and automobile suspension, through an innovation that lengthened the life of the component.
From the group he highlights that Toledano’s “entrepreneurial and restless” spirit led the company to grow in the sixties and seventies, taking advantage of Expansion The Spanish automobile industry and the search for partners, through a strategy based on product diversification and innovation.
Later, Antolin Group They began the internationalization process in the late 1980s with the aim of supporting and supporting automakers. In 2015, Toledano stepped down from all executive functions, so his nephew Ernesto Antolin Eribas became chairman of the group and his daughter, Maria Helena Antolin Raibaud, was appointed vice president.
In honor of his work, in 2016 King Philip VI He received the ‘Kingdom of Spain Award for Business Career’ for his contribution to the development of the Spanish automotive industry and the progress and welfare of Spanish society.
Throughout his life, my father has been an entrepreneur who has chosen to build long-term value
Ernesto Antolin Eribas has stated that the group is “what it is today thanks to the leadership and business vision of a businessman of the stature of my uncle Jose Antolin”, who in his opinion knew how to guide the company in times of drastic change. Is. in the industry and turn it into a multinational With reference to all automakers.
“My father has been an entrepreneur throughout his life who has opted for building long-term value. Hard work, honesty, ambition to be better and commitment to inevitable innovation was his lifelong commitment. The impression it leaves on the company is profound. is and always will be”, he said. Maria Helena Antolin,
Grupo Antolin founder Jose Antolin Toledano passes away