To the JIOrings warehouse – We continue to expand our stock
We started the year with a stock of more than 40 million O-rings, almost 1 million quad-rings, 200,000 V-rings, 175,000 anti-extrusion rings (BUR), 125,000 bonded seals, 60,000 U-rings, 40,000 rotary shaft seals, 20,000 wiper seals, 23,000 axial seals, 2,150 spools of cord-ring … And for 2020, in accordance with the increase in numbers of orders this financial year, we will strive to increase our stock of FPM-Viton® seals and spools of cord-ring in different thicknesses and materials. Moreover, we will begin marketing special seals for the healthcare sector, which will comply with all the requirements of such a demanding sector.
We ended 2019 with an increase in the sale of silicone plugs for wine barrels and the first plugs for whisky barrels, and we intend to continue increasing the sales of both these models. We have made excellent progress with regard to the marketing of Nortap® plugs in the French market this year and we hope to close deals with new customers in countries including Italy, Austria and Hungary, while not forgetting the domestic market.
Our workforce – Consolidation and commitment
We celebrated our 15th anniversary in 2019, and although we haven´t held any special celebrations for our “Crystal Wedding”, we always meet up on the Friday of each anniversary, for the activities associated with the annual river Sella race and at the meals organized both by our personnel and the company´s annual get-together.
We have three partners and nine employees, and it´s everyone’s job to ensure we´re the fastest way of finding a seal. Jean-Albert Morlard, Iñigo Barrenetxea and Óscar Zamorano define the annual goals and run the company; César Garretas and Iñaki Bilbao are in charge of domestic and international sales respectively; Maite Jiménez is the head of the administrative department and Silbia González the head of the marketing department; and Fernando Sánchez, Juanra Laderas, Laura Domínguez, Gonzalo Pardo and Unai Pereda work hard in the warehouse from Monday to Friday to ensure all orders are delivered on time.
Our commitment is to continue working and training to go on providing a quality service that complements our quality products.
Those of you that know us are aware that our company is increasingly committed to our workers and the environment. And I say “increasingly” due to the fact that we know that part of our workers’ well-being is in our hands, and we at JIOrings do everything possible to ensure the hours spent here at work are healthy ones. As for the environment, we will continue to comply with the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) as a means of achieving a minimal impact.
Sponsorships – values and sport
We have two new signings for the JIOrings Running Team in 2020 and we are preparing a powerful schedule for both running and cycling. It will be difficult to surpass Isaak Rosillo‘s enduro adventure in Nepal, but knowing him, he´s probably already planning his next feat. We will have to wait to find out where the traditional and floral JIOrings kits that have brought us so much success this year will be displayed. Moreover, we are extremely happy due to having resumed our collaboration with Galdakao Bolei Taldea in the 2020 season.
JIOrings – Online and offline improvements
Next year we will have our new plant and its forklift in operation. This third storage plant will enable us to continue expanding our stock of both seals and plugs. Regarding this line, we will try to go ahead with our automated warehouse project, with the aim of improving the time spent preparing the lines.
In relation to offline operations, we will continue to improve both with regard to accounting (the implementation of automated accounting banking consolidation), the environment (we will continue with the integrated recycling process), operations (improvement in the advanced technical data sheet to enable us to search for seals by colour, approvals, characteristics, etc. .), and quality (continue to approve our own mixtures) …
And if that wasn´t enough, in relation to online operations we hope to publish the new JIOrings website in January, featuring an updated design, far more intuition and, above all, fast. Although I don´t think that´s the only surprise, because we will be working on our online store in 2020, with the same objective, improving the browsing and usability of the store, creating a simple purchasing process, displaying the most popular products in order to facilitate shopping, improving product photos in detail …
Another year of improvements awaits us!