We have inherited the region’s metal working tradition. Our approach and way of working today builds upon the know-how and entrepreneurial spirit of all those behind the success of Oliva Torras since 1945. We are a family business deeply rooted in the community and our surroundings.
In 1945 the path starts
1945. Lluís Oliva Torras and Jaume Victori start their business in the street known as the “Pujada del Castell” in Manresa. Two years later, they outgrow the workshop and move to Circumval·lació street, where they do locksmithing, sheet metal and boilermaking work.
Lluís Oliva’s nephew, Sebastià Catllà, takes over in 1969. The business moves to Torruella street. In 1972, Francesc Solé joins and the company L. Oliva Torras S.A. is created.
Larger premises and improved technology
In the 1980s, larger premises and improved technology mean they can take on large boilermaking jobs. The oxy-acetylene cutting technique begins to be used and numerical control in machining is introduced. The company starts to manufacture its own products, numerical control machines for metal shears and folding machines. The third generation of the family becomes involved at the end of the decade.
1995 marks the 50th anniversary of the company, which is by now a centre for metal working in Europe. The business specialises in thin sheet metal, thanks to expertise gained over the years and continuous investment in advanced machinery.
Developing their own products
In 2004, the creation of a division specialising in renewable energies marks the start of a new era with ever increasing emphasis on developing the company’s own products. In 2005, the Mount & Drive Kits division is set up to focus on vehicle climate control. In 2007, the company SMI 2000 is created and is now a leader in gaming platform development.
Internationalization and diversification
In 2011, the company becomes part of the Meypar group, with offices in Sant Cugat del Vallès and Mexico City. Mobility now forms part of the business units. In 2012, the Railway division is created to boost the company’s activity in the railway industry, specialising in interiors for train, metro and tram systems. The group continues to grow internationally; Meypar Perú being created in 2015 and Meypar USA in 2016.