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THE METAL AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN ASTURIAS


The Metal Industry in Asturias is a clear example of pioneering technologies in use, with new productive processes, safety systems in the workplace and

environmental management. Furthermore, the importance given to continuous training is reflected in the region’s highly-qualified workforce.


major asturian companies

Grupo Daniel Alonso

GRUPO DANIEL ALONSO

A leader in sectors such as renewable energies and heavy boiler-making.

The Group has been the winning tenderer, among other projects, of one of the largest international contracts in offshore marine wind power to be developed in German waters in the Baltic Sea.

Duro Felguera

DURO FELGUERA

Specialised in the execution of  “turnkey” projects for the energy, industrial and Oil & Gas sectors; service provision for industries and the manufacturing of capital goods for the petro-chemical industry and the railway sector.

DF has manufactured the largest semi-submerged tanks (bullets) in the world for a gas storage terminal in the Netherlands.

TSK

This leading corporate group in engineering and facility supplies has developed a solid strategy for international expansion, currently present across the world.

The company has been the winning tenderer for the construction of the largest solar park in the Middle East, within the framework of international alliance.

IMASA

IMASA

IMASA is one of the main Spanish Engineering companies. It develops and carries out cement plant projects, handling facilities and handling minerals, coke batteries, petro-chemical product storage, etc.

Particularly outstanding is the company’s construction of the largest cement plant in Bolivia.

features of the sector

metal activity in Asturias

The manufacturing of metal products is the most representative activity in the Asturian manufacturing sector in Asturias, along with electrical energy supply activity.

917

COMPANIES

25029

JOBS

5174

Turnover Figure
(millions €)

44

INDUSTRIAL TURNOVER FIGURE

65

INDUSTRIAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

67

ASTURIAN EXPORTATIONS
Educación Metal

education

The University of Oviedo offers new degrees adapted to the European Area for higher education with qualification that cover most areas of knowledge. Some 30 % of its more than 22,000 registered students are following technical courses.
The University of Oviedo has three campuses from which it offers technical training, with engineering degrees and master’s degrees in different subjects (industrial and automatic electronics, mining and energy resources, electrical engineering, mechanics, industrial technologies, etc.).
The following Degrees from the University of Oviedo related to the metal and advanced manufacturing sector are noteworthy:

  • International Master’s Degree in Mechatronic Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Automation Engineering  and Industrial Computing
  • Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering

Approved Vocational Training with 17,000 registered students, more than the 35 % in technical degrees, completes the technical qualification of the Asturian workforce, combining theoretical training with work experience in companies.

innovation & technology

Technology Centres and R&D&I Institutions, Clusters

asterisco   The Society for the International Promotion of the Principality of Asturias (Asturex) convenes the Metal Forum in collaboration with FEMETAL, with the aim of showing the potential of this sector in our region. Over 130 potential clients for the sector’s companies are to participate in the 2017 edition, from over 30 locations.

training and HR

FEMETAL. FEDERATION OF METAL AND RELATED BUSINESSES OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF ASTURIAS

A metal sector association in Asturias with a long-standingcorporate tradition.

A key institution in the regional promotion of the sector, FEMETAL is a member of the Spanish Confederation of the Metal Business Organizations (CONFEMETAL) and participates in the Asturian Metal Foundation.

METAL FOUNDATION

Foundation for Training, Qualification and Employment in the Metal Sector.

The Asturian Metal Foundation offers an integral service for the on-going qualification of HR in Asturias, providing advice on an international level for capturing human capital in the sector.

IAPRL. ASTURIAN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD PREVENTION INSTITUTE

The IAPRL aims to manage policies in the field of safety, hygiene, the environment and occupational health and safety in Asturias. It targets the elimination or reduction of the root cause of occupational hazards.

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Iron, Steel and Metallurgy

The Asturian iron and steel industry, represented by ArcelorMittal, is an international benchmark. It has the only integral iron and steel plant in Spain, manufacturing flat products (hot pickled, galvanised and painted coil, tinplate and thick plate) and long metal products (rails and rods).

It is worth noting that ArcelorMittal manufactures high-speed railway rail in Asturias, as well as thick plate for shipping construction, offshore and capital goods, not to mention its position as the top Spanish supplier of sheet metal for the automobile sector and the only Spanish manufacturer of tin plate for food and drink packaging. Along with steel production, Asturias is also home to metallurgy industries in aluminium and zinc.

ALCOA, a world leader in aluminium production, has a primary aluminium manufacturing plant in Asturias for ingots and billets for smelting and extrusion.
Likewise, Asturiana de Zinc (Glencore Group) produces electrolytic zinc ingots and zinc alloys in Asturias.

Shipping Industry

Asturias has a long-standing history in the shipping sector and its industry has reacted to adapt to market demands and strong international competition, equipping itself with the most advanced technologies. Traditionally, Asturian shipyards have made up a high percentage of sector activity in Spain, occupying leading positions on a national and European level.

Engineering and “turnkey” projects.capital goods and industrial sub‑contractingng

Asturias has engineering specialised in the design, construction, assembly and maintenance of “turnkey” projects and with manufacturers of capital goods under the specifications of clients for high-demand sectors.

To mention but a few of the client sectors; iron and steel works, chemical, petro-chemical, energy, industrial, defence, oil & gas, nuclear, environmental sectors, etc.

Asturias is outstanding in the manufacturing of equipment destined for the offshore energy industry, distillation columns, heat exchangers, electromagnetic separation equipment, pressure equipment, axial fans, self-supporting storage, lubrication equipment and pumping systems, lifts, escalators and moving walkways, airport embarking walkways, furnaces for
the glass industry, environmental equipment, etc.

In Asturias, Engineering and major manufacturing companies find the vital collaboration of an important group of sub‑contracting companies specialised in smelting, mechanisation, boilermaking, soldering, thermal and surface treatment, assembly and maintenance. Used to working for different sectors and under varied quality standards, they are aware of the importance of being able to adapt and uphold deadlines.

The interest of companies in the Metal Sector to continuously improve, is demonstrated by the high number of certifications received for: Quality Management Systems (ISO9001), the Environment (ISO14001 and EMAS), Management Systems for Health and Safety at Work (OHSAS 18000), EFQM, Innovation (UNE166000) and Information Security Management Systems (ISO27000).

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTIONS

ARCELORMITTAL

Production of 5 million tonnes of steel in its plants in Asturias.

It has the only thick plate rolling mill in Spain.

ASTURIANA DE ZINC

Production of 510,000 tonnes of electrolytic zinc of which 99.995 % uses its own manufacturing technology.

The plant in Asturias is the largest electrolytic zinc plant in the world and one of the cheapest in terms of operating cost.

ALCOA

Production of 145,000 tonnes  of primary aluminium for smelting and extrusion.

UNIQUE PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN IN ASTURIAS

ARCELORMITTAL

Manufacture of 459 kilometres of railway rail for the Medina‑Mecca High Speed train.

ASTURFEITO

Manufacture of the structure and integration of the operation and control of 25 ALMA antennas (Atacama Large Millimetre Array). A Major world Project of astronomical ground research.

IDESA

Manufacture of the base of cryostat which will hold the future JT-60 SA experimental fusion reactor (Japan), a satellite with important international projection ITER.

GONDAN

Construction of the first vessel in the world to have a STRIL LUNA unified bridge, with the aim of supporting petroleum platforms.

Construction of the luxury yacht SEA CLOUD II for tourist cruises (117 m total length).

Success Stories

ArcelorMittal is the main world producer of iron and steel. Asturias is home to the only iron and steel plant in Spain where the entire steel production process is undertaken.

ArcelorMittal produces 5 million tonnes of steel in Asturias. Each year
it produces approximately a fourth of the steel produced in Spain.

The company has an acclaimed R&D&I Centre inAsturias.

Gregory Ludkovsky, vice-president of ArcelorMittal: “Asturias undoubtedly offers the ideal conditions for housing the best R&D technological activities due to its intellectual capacity and work ethic.”

ArcelorMittal

The thyssenkrupp group has company representation in Asturias:

  • thyssenkrupp Norte: world leading company in the manufacturing
    of escalators, moving and acceleration walkways.
  • thyssenkrupp Airport Systems: airport walkway production.
  • thyssenkrupp Elevator Innovation Center, the company’s world
    innovation centre.

A to-scale prototype of a pioneering project has been developed in Asturias:
the first cable-free lift in the world.

A leading company in the manufacture via sintering of components and systems for vehicle gearboxes.

PMG, a leader in technology, has strengthened its R&D unit in Asturias
and its clients include practically all the major automobile manufacturers.

PMG Asturias has been awarded with the “General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award” prize for the excellent quality of its products.