Much has been said about the construction of a new production plant of Destilerías Muñoz Gálvez in Librilla (Murcia) since the project was announced in 2014. Despite the delay in the commencement of the works, the production units of this factory may become fully operational at the end of 2025 provided that the deadlines set by the company are met. These deadlines are grouped into several phases of civil work and industrial engineering because of the magnitude of the project. Under current planning, the full construction of all industrial units and civil engineering elements are scheduled to end during the first half of 2022, two and a half years after its beginning. As for the phases corresponding to the industrial or production part, they will start in early 2022 and will extend until mid-2025. According to CEO of the company Pedro Muñoz, “production units launch in Librilla and their counterparts closure in Murcia will overlap during that period of time in order to keep the duplication of production systems over several months in each phase and avoid potential shortages to our customers.”
As explained earlier, the budget for this new factory totals €40M. Of this, around €6M was disbursed during the first twelve months for civil engineering works and machinery acquisition, which are being developed at the Murcia plant.
Regarding the evolution of the company, it should be pointed out that it ended 2020 with sales around €22.9M, which entailed a growth of 6%, and the prospect for this year “is to considerably outweigh the latest billing data despite the pandemic,” he adds. It should also be noted, that 60% of its income comes from foreign sales, whose main markets are Europe, USA, and Asia. As for the fragrance business, which represents 60% of production, it is mostly destined for household and personal care, leaving a minimum percentage for fine perfumery. “This has led to a significant growth in this part of our business due the increased demand for sanitising products for hard surfaces, detergents and hydroalcoholic gels,” says Mr. Muñoz.
Fragrances that connect with emotions
In their quest to offer products that satisfy the new demands and needs of the consumer, at Destilerías Muñoz Gálvez they are working on the development of new fragrances for air fresheners, both for on-premises and domestic channel. “Their purpose is to create fragrances that reinforce self-esteem, optimism, and self-confidence, values especially necessary in this time of uncertainty and restlessness,” he explains. In order to do so, they are working with a wide range of products that provide these emotions. The study is being conducted for its application in different types of settings such as mikados, candles, nebulization systems, ultrasonic air fresheners, hydroalcoholic air fresheners, etc. “In conclusion, our goal is to evoke to the consumer a feeling of positivism and enthusiasm at a reasonable cost given the continuing decline of the economic situation.”
In the chemical product synthesis part, the company continues to work to lower their water and carbon footprints, which begin to be both a legislative and commercial constraint “since the end consumers are increasingly engaged in improving the environment,” Mr. Muñoz concludes. On this matter, the company also announced last year that it was promoting the use of renewable energy in its factory.
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