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.
features of the sector
Deep-seated industrial culture, a result of its history as a mining and iron and steel works region.
Solid local base of goods and service providers for industrial activities (engineering, assembly, maintenance, sub-contracting).
Main iron, steel and metallurgy area in Spain.
Low workforce rotation and competitive productivity rate.
14,000 students of engineering and technical degrees registered at the University of Oviedo and in Vocational Training.
Over 600 students each year take advantage of an Erasmus grant and over 1,000 international students are received annually.
Highly qualified HR available: 1,100 new graduates in different higher and technical engineering and 1,500 new graduates in Vocational Training technical studies each year.
Industrial ports of Gijon and Aviles. Ports specialised in iron and steel works and energy transportation, handling solid bulk and merchandise in general, in containers, conventional vessels as well with Ro-Ro services.
Internationally acclaimed R&D institutions and agencies for materials and industrial design.
Ideal geographical location for access to the European market.
Industrial land availability.
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.
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.
THE TOP 50 METAL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES IN ASTURIAS
ALCOA | ALEASTUR | ALEGRIA | APERSA | ARCELORMITTAL | ARMON | ASLA | ASTHOR | ASTURFEITO | ATOX | AUXNAVAL | AZSA | DANIMA | DAORJE | DELFIN TUBES | DURO FELGUERA | FERQUI | FLUOR | FUNDYSER | GONDAN | GRUPO AGALSA |GRUPO DANIEL ALONSO | HIASA | IDEAS EN METAL | IDESA | IMASA | IMSA | INDASA | INDUSLA | INMER | ISASTUR | ISOTRON | KINBAURI | KLK | MECALUX | MIVISA | MOREDA RIVIERE | OLMAR | PHB | PMG | SANTA BARBARA | SAMOA | TALLERES LLANEZA | THYSSENKRUPP | TRESA | TSK | VEROT | VETROTOOL | WINDAR | ZITRON
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.
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.
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).
Production of 4.2 million tonnes of steel in its plants in Asturias.
It has the only thick plate rolling mill in Spain.
Production of 525,000 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.
Production of 145,000 tonnes of primary aluminium for smelting and extrusion.
UNIQUE PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN IN ASTURIAS
Manufacture of 459 kilometres of railway rail for the Medina‑Mecca High Speed train.
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.
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.
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).