FRAN GARCÍA, NEW EAS - EUROPEAN ADHESIVE SPECIALIST AT FRAUNHOFER IFAM: "WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO BE A REFERENCE IN TERMS OF INNOVATION AND QUALITY".
Fran García of Uniones Adhesivas reflects on the EAS - European Adhesive Specialist training at Fraunhofer IFAM. He also points out the strengths of the company and assesses all the business opportunities that are opening up for the future.
- The EAS - European Adhesive Specialist training at Fraunhofer IFAM that you have completed is a real challenge, what has stood out the most for you about the training?
More than a challenge, the training has been a gift, which with effort has managed to sort the multitude of inputs that are collected daily, from each collaborator or client. Even so, it is this day by day (with the basis worked on during the training), which allows you to improve, understand and help customers more successfully.
- Since you are EAS certified, do you see the world differently?
Actually when you start working in the chemical adhesives world, you understand that we are "surrounded" (laughs). You see everything in a different way, all the electronics, cars, buses, appliances, buildings, you see opportunities and applications in every direction you look. Also, since the training, this perception has been compounded, as I really understand more and better the need for adhesives, depending on the substrates, their in-service exposures and their function during service. Honestly, it's an exciting world, and one that is constantly evolving.
- What does being a Fraunhofer IFAM European Adhesive Specialist mean for customers of Uniones Adhesivas?
It means knowledge, advice, better service and optimization of resources. We always try to make our clients feel that they benefit from our service. This is one more guarantee. Since I started at Uniones Adhesivas, the management has made it very clear to me that training is vital to offer the highest quality to our customers, and that is what we are doing.
- Now you are more competitive than before, what do you expect to achieve at Uniones Adhesivas?
We want to continue being a reference in terms of innovation and quality. We want to continue being a company of technical specialists in chemical adhesives, with knowledge of the different technologies, of the different markets and with the collaboration of the best manufacturers to develop all kinds of projects, in a solid and productive way for our customers.
- Finally, after the EAS, how do you rate your partners?
The truth is that I feel very fortunate to be able to work with our current partners. To name the most significant ones, PLEXUS, of the ITW Performance Polymers group. H.B Fuller in the Engineering Adhesives division, including the Kömmerling and Cyberbond product ranges, OTTO-CHEMIE and MOMENTIVE. With each of them, we develop their respective markets with products and technologies of the highest quality, enabling us to offer optimal solutions in many sectors, such as electronics, household appliances, renewable energies, transportation and industrial vehicles, signaling, automotive, lighting & LED, defense, medical, aeronautics and aerospace.