Guillermo Ruiz: “This year will be the best ever for GH Mexico”

Guillermo Ruiz has been part of the GH Mexico family for fifteen years.  He started as a stock clerk and, after holding different management positions, he is the current Deputy Director of Operations and Business. In the following interview we get to know about his career in detail.

When did you start working at GH?
The exact date was the thirteenth of March 2007, more or less six months after finishing my degree in Industrial Engineering and coming to Querétaro in search of an opportunity. That first opportunity was given to me by Juan Maria Azcona, at that time director of GH Mexico. He hired me as a stock clerk. Since then, GH has been a part of my life and has helped me grow.

“Since I started working fifteen years ago, GH has been a part of my life and has helped me grow.”

Why did you choose to study for the Industrial Engineering degree?
For my mother, to be honest. I really wanted to be a police officer, and, in fact, I actually started in the academy. However, after five months there, things took a turn for the worse and I decided to leave. I returned home feeling that I had failed my mother and forced myself to study something to make up for it. I couldn’t say why I chose the Industrial Engineering degree, but I immediately began to like it and become motivated. So much so that I managed to finish with a good mark.

What did you know about GH before starting to work with us?
I didn’t know anything at all. In fact, a few days before starting, I remember seeing a truck on the motorway transporting a huge beam that caught my attention, but I didn’t know what it was for. When I arrived at GH and saw girders of the same dimensions in their premises, that was when I realised that they were used for the construction of cranes.

You started out as a stock clerk but today you are Deputy Director of Operations and Business. Tell us about that evolution.
Without a doubt, the person who has helped me grow and evolve is Pere García Ventura, current General Manager of GH Mexico. When he joined the management, I had been in the warehouse for more than a year and I immediately saw that his presence was going to be good for the company and for me. Pere has been the person who has trusted me and given me the opportunity to work in different posts up to my current position. At the same time, I think that starting as a stock clerk for GH has helped me a lot in my career because it allowed me to get to know about the nuts and bolts of the product we sell.

“Starting as a stock clerk for GH has helped me a lot in my career because it allowed me to get to know about the nuts and bolts of the product”

What does your job currently consist of?
In management we do many different things: we establish the guidelines, we check that all the areas work correctly, we monitor the objectives and, if these are not met, we look for a solution. We also support the sales area and mediate when there is a problem with a customer. I also try to advise and help Pere as much as I can. 

How has GH Mexico changed since you joined the company?
GH Mexico has changed and grown a lot since I joined. You have to realise that in 2007 we were only selling fifteen cranes a year, we had few customers and we were not very well known. Now, in contrast, we sell more than a hundred pieces of equipment a year and our brand is well-known in Mexico. That’s perhaps why this year will be the best ever for GH Mexico. By July we had already invoiced what we normally do in a year.

Congratulations, that’s particularly commendable given that these are not easy times. The truth is that the last two years have been very difficult. Between the pandemic and political uncertainty, the economy has been paralysed in Mexico and, as a consequence, many companies have had to close down. Fortunately, we have never stopped working or had to make anyone redundant. We are the same eighty people who were working here before the pandemic. I think it is something that speaks very highly of our organisation.

“Our greatest asset is to have satisfied customers, because they will either buy from you or they will recommend you”

What can you tell us about the GH Mexico team?
Although there are always things to improve, I think we are a great team that maintains the essence and values of our parent company. You could say that we are a big family.

So, despite how well everything is going at the moment, you think there is room for improvement?
Of course. My maxim is to always think that you can do better. That’s why our main goal is to convince all those companies looking for a quote that our solution is the best. “I always think that our greatest asset is to have satisfied customers, because they will either buy from you or they will recommend you”

Finally, what advice would you give to young people who are just starting their careers and who would like to grow professionally as you have? 
To my colleagues who have been in this great company for a short time and who don’t know or aren’t sure what their future professional careers may hold, I encourage you not to give up and to wholeheartedly seek to achieve your goals. Because, as they say, those who endure will succeed!

A GH participa da obra de ampliação da Linha 6 do Metrô de São Paulo com a ACCIONA

Em abril passado, instalamos um Pórtico GH nas obras de ampliação do Metrô de São Paulo, executadas pela Acciona nesta cidade de mais de 12 milhões de habitantes. No vídeo a seguir mostramos como foi o transporte e instalação de nossa fábrica em Cabreúva até a Estação PUC Cardoso de Almeida, no centro de São Paulo

A empresa espanhola Acciona está realizando as obras de expansão na Linha 6 do Metrô de São Paulo. A ampliação consiste em quinze quilômetros e terá quinze novas estações. Servirá cerca de 600.000 – 800.000 pessoas diariamente.

Para este importante projeto de infraestrutura, atualmente o maior em andamento na América Latina, desenvolvido no modelo de parceria público-privada, a Acciona adjudicou três pontes rolantes à GH: a que aparece no vídeo já está instalada na Estação PUC Cardoso de Almeida e as outras duas serão utilizadas na área de fabricação e movimentação de aduelas.

A instalação da Ponte Rolante da GH na Estação PUC Cardoso de Almeida foi realizada na primeira quinzena de abril de 2022. Um Pórtico Rolante Especial de 35 metros de comprimento, 14 metros de altura e uma tonelagem de 30T. Vinte trabalhadores da GH Brasil participaram de sua fabricação.

O transporte da Ponte Rolante da fábrica da GH Brasil em Cabreúva até a Estação PUC Cardoso de Almeida foi coordenado com o DETRAN. A viagem de cinquenta quilômetros foi realizada em dois turnos; primeiro, o trecho da rodovia em um percurso de duas horas. Na cidade, os caminhões esperaram até a meia-noite para percorrer os quilômetros restantes até a obra. As vigas foram descarregadas e elevadas na mesma noite, já que a operação tinha que ser concluída antes das cinco da manhã.

A montagem completa da Ponte Rolante Especial GH levou nove dias, mais um dia extra de testes. Seis pessoas participaram ativamente da montagem. A Ponte Rolante está instalada sobre um poço de 34 metros de diâmetro e 80 metros de profundidade, e sua principal função é remover os detritos de perfuração, bem como levar a maquinaria pesada até a base do poço.

Um dos desafios desta complexa operação foi tentar paralisar o mínimo possível as obras de extensão do metrô. Por isso, tanto o transporte quanto a montagem da Ponte Rolante GH, foram realizados em tempo recorde.

Também devemos destacar que, em comparação com o uso das torres rolantes, esta solução especial da GH oferece níveis muito mais elevados de produtividade, segurança e precisão à obra da Acciona.  Além disso, graças ao material acústico usado para revestir a estrutura que protege o carro, o ruído foi significativamente reduzido, minimizando assim o incômodo causado aos vizinhos durante as obras, que estão em andamento 24 horas por dia.

GH participates in the work to extend line 6 of the São Paulo metro in collaboration with ACCIONA

Last April we installed a GH Bridge Crane in the São Paulo metro extension works being carried out by Acciona in this city of more than 12 million inhabitants. In the following video we show how it was transported from our factory in Cabreúva and installed in the PUC Cardoso Station, located in the centre of São Paulo.

The Spanish company Acciona is carrying out the works to extend line 6 of the São Paulo metro. The extension has a length of fifteen kilometres and will have fifteen new stations. It is estimated that it will serve 600,000 – 800,000 people each day.

For this important infrastructure project, the largest currently underway in Latin America following the public-private collaboration model, Acciona has awarded the contract for the supply of three bridge cranes to GH. The crane featured in the video is already installed at the PUC Cardoso Station and the other two will be used in the area for manufacturing and handling precast segments.

The installation of the GH Bridge Crane at the PUC Cardoso Station was carried out during the first half of April 2022. It is a Special Bridge Crane 35 metres long, 14 metres high and with a tonnage of 30t. Twenty workers from GH Brazil participated in its manufacture.

The transportation of the Bridge Crane from the GH Brazil factory in Cabreúva to the PUC Cardoso Station was coordinated with the São Paulo Department of Traffic Management. The journey, which involved a distance of fifty kilometres, was carried out in two shifts. First, the motorway section was covered in a two-hour trip. Once in the city, the trucks waited until midnight to travel the remaining distance to the site. The girders were unloaded and hoisted that same night, since the operation had to be completed before five in the morning.

The complete assembly of the GH Special Bridge Crane took nine days, plus an extra day of testing. It involved the active participation of six people. The Bridge Crane is installed over a shaft with a diameter of 34 metres and a depth of 80 metres, and its main function is to remove the debris from the drilling of the shaft itself, as well as to lower heavy machinery to the bottom.

One of the challenges of this complex operation was carrying it out in such a way that the metro extension works suffered as little downtime as possible. For this reason, both the transport and the assembly of the GH Bridge Crane were carried out in record time.

It should also be noted that, compared to the use of tower cranes, this special GH solution brings much higher levels of productivity, safety and precision to the Acciona project.  In addition, thanks to the acoustic material used to cover the enclosure that protects the trolley, noise has been significantly reduced, thus minimising the disturbance caused to neighbours during the work in progress, which continues 24 hours a day.