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In honour of José Luis Manzanares, Chairman of Ayesa, on his 80th birthday: a life devoted to engineering and knowledge

José Luis Manzanares Japón, Chairman of Ayesa, turns 80 today. For the past 55 years he has led Ayesa and devoted his life to taking what started out as a small engineering company founded in post-war Seville from strength to strength. And he could not have done a better job thanks to his sound instincts, hard work, technical expertise and intelligence.

Ayesa is now an international engineering and technology consulting firm, which even in the midst of the pandemic achieved annual growth of 4.3%, generating 256 million euros in turnover. One of Spain’s leading engineering firms and amongst the top 5 in Latin America, the technology group is pioneering the future and ready to face a new digital world, something which makes it truly unique.

Family, friends and colleagues met today at Fundación Cajasol in Seville to accompany José Luis in looking back over his career as an engineer, professor, entrepreneur and visionary.

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, the Minister of Finance and Government Spokesperson, María Jesús Montero (through a video); the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas; wanted to participate in the tribute to the president of Ayesa.

Francisco Herrero, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Seville, read a letter of congratulations from Their Majesties the King and Queen, with messages of affection and recognition of the "rich career" and "valuable work" of the engineer and businessman.