We are proud and excited to celebrate this important anniversary at a time of great strength and strong growth within our group. Irizar began its history in 1889 by manufacturing carriage wheels and stagecoaches, and in the 1920s it started building coach bodywork. After its first 74 years as a family business owned by the Irizar family, in 1963 it became a cooperative company and it has remained as such to date.
The current Irizar Group is the result of countless experiences throughout the years and of the hard work of the many people who, starting with the company’s founder, created the foundation of what we have become. I would like to acknowledge all of them and express my most sincere appreciation.
Stronger than ever, Irizar is currently a solid group with geographic and industrial diversification and continuous growth. The group is firmly committed to the brand, technology and sustainability as well as to its coach and electric bus products and the products for the other sectors in which it is present.
The group is comprised by five coach plants located throughout the world, five companies as a result of its industrial diversification and a Technology Centre focused on the long-term aspects of applied research process and the development of proprietary systems and products.
Our objective is to guarantee the future, and our mission is to grow while creating wealth and employment. Our belief and hope is for our current efforts to be a small contribution so Irizar may continue to exist for many years, or even forever. Why not?
However, this year marks our anniversary and we would like to share our happiness with all of you who have formed part of this 125 year history and who will also form part of our future.
We would also like to take advantage of this opportunity to present the anniversary website, www.lightingtheroad.com. It contains a short summary of the company’s history and it will reflect all the special moments that await in 2014, as well as the technological challenges of the future, which is increasingly closer.