“Always be motivated and always move forward” – interview with Mihály Kádár, owner and CEO of TSPC Group
TSPC Group is Hungary’s leading engineering company, delivering solutions with a generic design approach, complex vision, and innovative technology background since 2012. The Group was established with the aim of providing a full service to its customers, accompanying them through their projects from idea to implementation, instead of partial solutions.
After 10 years, the company that started out with seven university colleagues has grown to a group of companies with more than 180 employees, 8 offices, and a regional presence, where a wide range of disciplines, innovative technologies, and experienced staff with varied professional expertise work together on large projects. TSPC is in the early stages of entering the international market and the aim is to strengthen and expand this over the next 10 years.
We talked about the history, present, and future plans of TSPC with Mihály Kádár, the owner and CEO of TSPC Group.
TSPC is 10 years old. How does it make you feel?
It’s a great feeling to be able to achieve your dream and I can say that I’m doing what I love. TSPC is where it was meant to be after 10 years. Obviously, along the way there have been and will be pitfalls, there have been bad times, and there have been good times, but we are on the right track. TSPC became a group of companies, an outstandingly performing team and I would say a big family.
What was your goal when you started the company? How has that changed over the years?
The goal was to create a company that could compete internationally in 10 years. We have made it to the international level, but we still have to grow and learn. The next 10 years will be about that. When the company was founded, I was very enthusiastic, and I told many people what the purpose of TSPC was. The usual answer was critical that I was a “dreamer chasing dreams”. However, the motivation is unbroken, and the team and I continue to chase dreams and set the bar high. The original goal hasn’t changed: to show that a small Hungarian company can compete with the big international ones.
What are you proud of from the last 10 years?
TSPC Group itself. I’m proud of the team, the established communication and order in which we now operate, and that we can create complex industrial projects in the market through the professional development of our colleagues. TSPC is not my achievement, I owe it to my team and to all those who have supported it, whether as customers, suppliers, industry, or friends.
How have architecture and the environment changed in the last 10 years? How have you adapted? What differences and similarities have you discovered?
It is not the architecture that has changed. Architecture is a form of art. What has changed is the environment. On the one hand, technology is constantly changing, and the industry behind it is also constantly changing. For example, 15-20 years ago we were just tyring BIM, now we are talking about giving out a tangible solution to construction managers, and construction workers on how they can use BIM technologies to make their smaller or larger jobs more efficient. The needs have changed. There is a technological background for architecture, but even today we should not forget the use of sketch papers.
In the design process, artificial intelligence and design in the metaverse will be very strong in the next 5 years. This is the change that should be given to the architect and general planners, and we should not only use these tools but also generate their development.
What’s been a huge change in the last 10 years is that there’s been a big gap between working on site and building and the drawing on the board. During the design phase, there are software technologies and other solutions with vast knowledge. This is still less available on-site. We need to turn this around and make it work hand in hand.
What projects would you like to work on in the future that you haven’t had the opportunity to do so far? What is your vision for the next 10 years?
I’m proud that we have projects in Berlin with our foreign partner offices. In five to ten years’ time, we could have a larger-scale vision where the team can do more specialized projects. What is important is that there is always motivation, always something to do, and a professional challenge for the team.
Ten years is an interesting thing. If you look at a lifespan, 10 years is a little adolescent, and the way I think about it, TSPC is a little adolescent. Obviously, there is a history in Hungary and for this and many other reasons, there are few multi-generational companies and groups of companies. In my opinion, we need to have multi-generational companies. This is the next goal beyond 10 years. It only makes sense to create such a company or group of companies if it can be passed on to the next generation and, if possible, a system should be put together that needs to be changed and adapted to the current age. There is still scope, there is still something to do.