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Meet The Team

Read the biography of Koji

Koji Watanabe

Managing Director

Koji has been working for Nifco Inc. for more than 30 years, mostly at the international side to create new overseas subsidiaries and to control the business as one of headquarter functions.

He was relocated to Spain in March, 2017 to assume directorship as the company became an important part of European operations in the group.

He likes Spanish dishes as well as wonderful weather in Barcelona very much.

Read the biography of Albert

Albert Lopez

Director & General Manager Operations

Albert started as ERP Software Consultant after completing his studies in Computing Engineering. He quickly started managing important international projects and he specialized in logistics for automotive industry, thus acquiring a broad experience in multiple projects in several companies in the sector.

He joined Nifco in 2011 as IT Manager and shortly assumed also Logistics, leading an important department transformation. After a period, he was appointed as Operations General Manager, combining currently this position with being the Director of Nifco Products Spain. When he is not in Nifco, Albert loves training for his great hobby: long-distance races.

Read the biography of Mario

Mario Den Braber

CFO & General Manager Administration

After working in financial area in Holland, his native country, he started working as Director of Finance for Nifco Products España in 2002.

Gradually, he took on more responsibilities and in 2011 he was appointed Managing Director.

In recent years, together with the managing team, he has achieved an important increase in turnover and initiated an ambitious growth plan for the future.

Outside of the office, Mario likes playing sports and traveling to unknown places.

Read the biography of Eudald

Eudald Ylla

General Manager Business Development

Eudald began his career working for Automotive Industry companies after graduating in Industrial Engineering from the UPC at the ETSEIB in Barcelona. He has worked for international companies, mainly German, designing products, industrializing production lines, managing international projects as Project Manager, and eventually, working in the Business area as Global Key Account Manager and as Sales Manager. After working for various companies, he joins Nifco Products España in February 2021 as Business Development General Manager. Outside of work, Eudald enjoys outdoor sports with family and friends, traveling, reading and painting.


Read the biography of Sergio

Sergio Lopez

Engineering Manager

After completing his degree in Engineering at Cuba, he started working as professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the UCLV, teaching various mechanical engineering related subjects for 7 years. In 2010 he turns a new page and joins Nifco, designing components for automotive industry as part of the Engineering Department and managing projects for different customers. In 2014 he becomes Process engineer and later, assumes the responsibilities of head of Automation and Process Engineering. At the end of 2019 he is appointed Engineering and Tooling Manager.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking and developing domotic projects at his house.

Read the biography of Jordi

Jordi Miranda

Process Manager

He started in the plastic industry during high school and lately in Acriplas S.A. University. He has over 30 years of experience in Plastic injection molding industry.

He worked for Acriplas S.A in all operations positions: Production, Planning, Purchase and Logistics for over 20 years. When Nifco acquired Acriplas in 2002, he was responsible of Production, Planning, Purchase and Logistic Departments until 2012.

Since 2012, he is responsible of a new department that was created in Nifco’s Process and Automotive Engineering in order to improve NSP’s productivity. This embraces four sections: Automotive, Process Engineering, Moulds and Maintenance.

It is worth mentioning that he and his team has won the Nifco Annual Gold Prize for automatizing grab handle assembly. Besides Plastic Industry, Jordi likes mountain sports like hiking on weekends, especially in Parc de sant Llorenç del Munt, and skiing in winter. Jordi has climbed main Spanish mountains.

Read the biography of José

José Mª Pérez

Production Manager

He has a degree in Chemical Science from University of Barcelona, specialized in materials. He started as an associate teacher at UPC Technology Center, working in the injection process optimization and in new processes set-up. He joined Nifco in 2004 in production area. During his career at Nifco, he has always developed activities related to production: project start-up, planning, maintenance and process improvement. From 2013, he became Production Manager. Outside Nifco, his main hobbies are watching movies, reading and spending time with friends.

Read the biography of Carles

Carles Ramirez

Quality Manager

Carles has over 18 years experience in the automotive industry in the Quality Department.

He has been working as Quality Engineer, SQA, Customer Quality and as Quality Manager since 2005. He worked for Faurecia for 10 years (weld and assembly), Ricardo Prehn, Delmon Induestrie Group for 8 years (black rubber injection) and, since the beginning of September 2016, for NIFCO. His hobbies are every kind of sport. He played indoor football for many years, but nowadays he practices trail running and MTB.

Read the biography of Javier

Javier Penelo

G-NNP & Continuous Improvement Manager

Javier has developed his career in the field of operations, always putting special emphasis in continuous improvement. Since his beginnings in a Dutch company, he developed a wide experience in international environments, with responsibilities at local and corporate level, leading multicultural teams in improvement projects at different Asian, European and American sites.

After a few years as consultant, Javier joins Nifco team in 2017 with two main challenges ahead: the launching of the important project of TPM and the creation of a more robust structure for the already existing continuous improvement culture of the company.

Outside of Nifco, Javier’s main hobbies are reading, music and spending time with his family and friends.

Read the biography of Sergi

Sergi Valle

Logistics Manager

Sergi, who joined Nifco at the end of 2017, has developed his career for over 20 years in logistics field, mostly in the highly demanding logistics for automotive industry. During his professional career he has acquired operational experience in all the different fields related to logistics (planning, procurement, warehousing, transports, purchasing), in different types of companies –size, supplier level, in-sequence deliveries (JIT-JIS), growing companies, etc. All this enabled him to acquire an overview of the flow of materials and information, which is essential in order to be able to serve as an efficient Head of Logistics. Regarding his studies, in addition to specific qualifications in logistics (Master in Supply Chain Management – MSCMT), he holds an Executive MBA. Sergi enjoys spending his time in all kinds of family activities.