On the 7th of June, José Luis Manzanares Japón, the President of Ayesa, received the special mention Medal of Honour for Roads from the Spanish Road Association, which is awarded each year to entrepreneurs and individuals in business.
The association, a reference in the sector with members including leading companies, as well as public administrations and other organisations, decided to bestow this honour on José Luis in recognition of his career in and contribution to the road sector in designing epic bridges.
During the event, which took place at the Polytechnic University of Madrid’s Technical School of Civil Engineering, José Luis talked on behalf of all those receiving awards and thanked the association for organising such a prestigious accolade.
During his speech, he stressed the importance of the work carried out by ‘all the men and women behind our roads’, adding ‘our mission is to transform the land to make life easier for everyone. We are surgeons of the earth, creating transport arteries, building bridges as if connecting blood vessels through bypass, looking after those who use them and making sure all our infrastructures remain in good health. We also make sure public funds are used properly, something which is in the interest of society as a whole.’
José Luis Manzanares Japón is the President of Ayesa, a multinational company which specialises in engineering, technology and consulting (ETC). He has a PhD in Civil Engineering and is Professor of Structures at Seville's Technical School of Architecture. He founded the company in 1966 and has taken it from strength to strength - today it is present in 17 countries, has a team of more than 4,500 committed professionals and boasts an annual turnover of 270 million euros.
He is also an expert in hydraulic mathematical modelling and continuum mechanics, and is the creator of the school of Epic Structures, having designed iconic structures such as the Puente del Dragón bridge in Alcalá de Guadaira (Seville) and the Ibn Firnás bridge (Cordoba).
During its half a century of existence, Ayesa has carried out feasibility studies for 3,000 kilometres of roads, designed a further 2,500 kilometres and provided supervisory services for many more. Amongst its most recent projects, the supervision of construction for the recently opened Agra Lucknow Expressway, India's longest at 300 km, is particularly notable.