06 Nov 2017


It is already the fiftieth birthday for Masats, the Spanish door and lift manufacturer for quite some brands by now. The company started in 1967 as a passenger carrier, or operator as we call it today.

Just like many companies started at that time, the start of the current door manufacturer was ‘accidental’. There was a need for good pistons for the pneumatic door openers. There were none, so they made it themselves. Over the past fifty years, Masats has grown to be an internationally operating company with 320 employees and customers around the world.

A couple of years ago, the family sold a portion of the shares to the Irizar Group. This way, Masats suddenly made its international breakthrough. Today, sixteen percent of the shares is still in the hands of the family. Under the leadership of current CEO Frederic Solé, Masats has found entries in some major West-Flemish bus manufacturing companies but also overseas in the USA. They are even building their own factory there, where doors, lifts and ramps will be manufactured in full compliance with the Buy American Act. Initially with six employees, but that number will grow rapidly next year.

In Western Europa, Masats can now count on MAN, Volvo, VDL as loyal customers. In Spain and Portugal (Caetano), they actually control the market. In America, Masats supplies Novabus (Volvo), MCI and Alexander Dennis (ADL). The new factory in Atlanta is now doing test runs but should be fully operational in January 2018. Apart from doors for public transport buses, Masats also provides doors for trains and door systems for autonomous trains (airports). 

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