At times, the personality of a company comes from a product or marketing strategy. At Tesol, this personality directly represents a single person, its founder. Fernando Couñago (Vigo, 1952) has been an essential person during the last thirty years of the Spanish naval iron and steel industry history. From the constitution of the first Tesol Group company, he has studied the world iron and steel market and the application of welding systems throughout the world almost as an obsession. Convinced that it is always possible to weld at greater speeds and with higher quality, he has personally developed welding robots that are used today in the construction of ships, wind turbines or in actual automotion.
He is a person full of character and contagious enthusiasm, with an extraordinary work capacity. He is a strong defender of continuous investment into innovation in his own company and is convinced that only the most advanced technological applications can save the European iron and steel industry against third-party competition. “The idea is not to trade man for machine; the aim is for man to make use of faster, more efficient machines that those of other men in other parts of the world”, is his answer when journalists interview him about his robots. The Tesol Group President always makes use of an example to follow: automotion, the large-scale industry with the most automated, efficient and sophisticated production system in the world. “Yet we still require people to make cars, but now they make them faster and better than ever”, stated Couñago before returning to his “office”, the laboratory in which his prototypes are tested.