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Ojmar in Spain is locking in customers

Commercial Director Aitor Elorza and Ramon OjmarIHRSA recently paid a visit to the Basque region of Spain to drop in on Ojmar.

The company is almost 100 years old and started out as a weapons manufacturer. It now provides complete solutions for fitness, leisure and swimming centers from traditional locks and keys to RIFD solutions (chip card, wristband). 

Ramon Gabikagogeaskoa, CEO/general manager, who is an American of Basque descent, began to develop the leisure market in 2001 in preparation for the change to the Euro. Ojmar now has customers in 50 countries, which has been driven by Commercial Director Aitor Elorza, and now represents over half of its turnover. 

The company, which has registered more than 50 patents, exports more than three-fourths of its production. Ojmar has an office in China, although all design, production and quality control is still performed in the Basque factory. In 2013 Ojmar plans to open an office in USA. 

Ojmar will be exhibiting at the IHRSA Trade Show in Las Vegas, and has been an ongoing sponsor of IHRSA European Congress.

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