Eduardo Querol, vice chairman of Lecta, is the new president of ASPAPEL, elected by the organization's Board of Directors, which brings together and represents the pulp and paper industry in Spain. Likewise, it names Enrique de Yraolagoitia, General Director of the Saica Group, as Vice President of ASPAPEL. Eduardo Querol succeeds Elisabet Alier, president of the ALIER paper mill, as president of ASPAPEL, and Enrique de Yraolagoitia succeeds Eduardo Querol as vice president.
Eduardo Querol, an industrial engineer from ETSEIT and a master's degree from IESE Business School, is vice chairman of Lecta, a group in which he has held various positions, having been CEO for the last ten years and until March 2022. He is currently also a member of the Advisory Board of Foment del Treball, and has been president of Two Sides/Print Power, of Aspapel (2013) and member of the Board of EUROGRAPH and CEPI.
Furthermore, Henry of Iraolagoitia He is currently CEO of Grupo Saica, a position he has held since 2021. Enrique has a degree in economics from the University of Deusto, and has spent his entire professional career at Grupo Saica. In 2011 he was appointed CEO of Saica Paper, the corrugated paper manufacturing business division; position that he held until 2019, date on which he was appointed deputy general manager of the Saica Group until occupying his current position.
ASPAPER (Spanish Association of Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Manufacturers) is the national professional organization that brings together companies in the pulp and paper sector. Associated companies account for 95% of the sector's production. The aim of the association is to contribute to the competitive and sustainable development of the Spanish paper industry and to promote the image of the sector, its companies and products.
The Spanish paper sector, with 79 factories, maintains more than 16.700 direct jobs, mostly permanent and qualified jobs. It has a great export capacity (46% of its production is destined for export) and it is a heavily investing industry (in the last five years it has invested 1.754 million euros). The sector is the engine of a powerful value chain whose global contribution (direct+indirect+induced) to the Spanish economy translates into 4,5% of GDP and 18,5% of industrial employment.