José Gandia Blasco, founder of Gandia Blasco S.A. passed away on December 7th at 97 years of age. A self-taught and highly intuitive businessman he was an important figure within of the textile sector. José Gandia Blasco was born in Ontinyent (Valencia) in 1920. His father, Antonio Gandia Donat was also a Valencia businessman who founded, amongst other companies the Antonio Gandia Cambra Mollá distillery and winery, as well as being the owner of a ceramic floor tile factory and another business dealing with the import and export of timber. These activities were suspended after the death of Antonio in 1923 and the sale of the businesses. His son, José Gandia Blasco following the family tradition that his father started founded Gandia Blasco S.A. in 1941 with the manufacture of blankets for the national and international markets.