In order to celebrate our 60th anniversary, CaixaForum Madrid hosted a photographic exhibition that covers some of the most significant projects in Ferrovial’s history. The sample was prepared by renowned photographer José Manuel Ballester, who traveled more than 30,000 kilometers and 35 different locations to learn more about Ferrovial’s infrastructure and works.
More videos about the photo expo:
Ferrovial: a journey with no frontiers
Renowned Spanish Journalist Fernando González Urbaneja takes the reader on a journey through the history of our company, discussing the evolution of Spain’s economy and society over Ferrovial’s 60 year history. Throughout the book, Urbaneja mentions relevant anecdotes and stories that bring new insights into the company’s development.
Ferrovial, as seen by José Manuel Ballester
Carefully edited book which includes a unique collection of photographs by award-winning artist José Manuel Ballester. The book shows some of Ferrovial’s most relevant infrastructure projects, detailing the beauty of complex engineering, construction and maintenance processes. The book also includes different articles written by architect Richard Rogers, writer Antonio Muñoz Molina, journalist Fernando González Urbaneja and Ferrovial’s President, Rafael del Pino y Moreno.
Manual against wastage
The “Manual against wastage” is a book written 50 years ago commissioned by the founder of Ferrovial, Rafael del Pino y Moreno. It is considered one of Spain’s first modern business management manuals.
The “Manual” was designed to help Ferrovial employees have a common guide for the daily management of their activities. Improving processes, optimizing resources and promoting a corporate culture of excellence and quality were some of the book’s main objectives.
Throughout its pages, the reader will find many concepts and themes that are covered nowadays by any serious business management book: project management, accounting, finance, stock management… Additionally, the book contains ideas and thoughts closely related to innovation and efficiency.
Rafael del Pino y Moreno: a legacy of six decades
Rafael del Pino y Moreno was one of the most important Spanish entrepreneurs of the 20th century. After obtaining a PhD in civil engineering and working in the construction industry for some years, in 1952 he went on to found Ferrovial, which turns 60 in 2012. First, he travelled around Europe to see how railway lines were built in other countries. He imported machinery from Germany in order to apply the German approach on Spanish railways. With the new tools and “a great deal of enthusiasm and determination”, Rafael del Pino founded Ferrovial. His first office was in an attic near the Jerónimos church in central Madrid (Spain).
Focusing initially on track repair and sleeper mortising, Ferrovial obtained its first project in the province of Burgos (Spain); it would be followed by many others across the length and breadth of the country. The company soon began to move abroad, with a first international experience in Venezuela in 1954; by the 1960s, it had also moved into the construction of roads, hydroelectric dams and water treatment plants. The construction of the Bilbao-Behobia toll road was a milestone in the company’s development, as it was its first move into the transport infrastructure concession business.
Ten years after it was founded, Ferrovial had 500 employees and annual revenues amounting to 126 million pesetas, equivalent to 25 million euro in constant terms.
Despite the crisis in the 1970s, Rafael del Pino spearheaded a move to internationalise Ferrovial and diversify into infrastructure concessions, real estate development, municipal services and infrastructure maintenance. This business approach, based on initiative, creativity, strategy and measured risk, led Ferrovial to build roads in Libya in 1978—evidence of the company’s successful foray on the international stage.
Since then, Ferrovial has established itself as the world leader in innovation and sustainable management that Rafael del Pino imagined in 1952; the company now operates in over 15 countries with close to 70,000 employees, with a turnover over 7.45 billion euro in 2011.
Rafael del Pino often insisted that his success lay in finding capable collaborators who shared his enthusiasm for expanding the Group, guided by principles such as “serving society, the love of a job well done, hard work, austerity in spending, ploughing profits back into the business, constant adaptation to a changing society” and “keeping our sights firmly on the future”. In 2000, he left the helm of Ferrovial Group, although he held the post of Honorary Chairman until his death in 2008.
During his extensive career, Mr Del Pino also presided over other companies such as Europistas, Empresa Nacional del Gas (Enagás) and Philips Ibérica. He was a founder member of Círculo de Empresarios (1977) and chairman of trade group Seopan, member of the executive standing committee of Banco Central Hispano Americano, chairman of the Board of Instituto de la Empresa Familiar, and Director of Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección, among other positions.
By his own merits, Rafael del Pino was a leading figure in the industry, to which he transmitted his ideals, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship. He received several of the highest public sector distinctions, including the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, the Gold Medal for Merit in Work, the Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of History, the Gold Plaque from Spain’s Royal Academy and an Honorary Doctorate from the Castilla-La Mancha University. He also received numerous distinctions from the private sector, including “Construction and Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Best Entrepreneur Track Record” and the Gold Medal of the Spanish Road Association. In 2006, he received the XIX Juan Lladó Award, granted by Instituto de Empresa and the Ortega y Gasset Foundation in recognition of outstanding sponsorship of culture and research.
In 1999, his interest in the world and his entrepreneurship led him to found the Rafael del Pino Foundation in order to “contribute to enhancing the skills of Spain’s future leaders, foster individual initiative and promote the principles of the free market and business freedom. Our leaders have shown that tenacity and hard work can lead you to a position of excellence in any field of knowledge and professional and business endeavour. It is important to enable them to develop their skills successfully in an increasingly globalised world, where competitiveness is vital.”