The Aviles and Gijon plants are set to improve their facilities, production processes and quality control to secure a favourable position in the iron and steel works market
ArcelorMittal is the main producer of iron and steel and mining on a global scale, with its scope of activities spanning 60 countries. Its presence in Spain, and more specifically in Asturias, is important, as according to company information, 56% of its Spanish staff-base is located in Asturian facilities.
In the multinational factory’s Gijon plant, thick plates are produced as flat products, as well as long products, such as rail track and wire rods. In Aviles, galvanised products, tin plate and painted coil are manufactured, all within the segment of flat products.
Arcelor is to drive ahead with its investment plan in Asturias. It plans to inject over 200 million euros, according to information from La Nueva España newspaper, to have greater quality controls, and to modernise its production processes in the Gijon and Aviles plants.
More resources and improvements to the Asturian facilities
The modernisation process of the Aviles factory is envisaged for October 2016. When the innovation project is completed, it is hoped that the Asturian plant will supply sectors such as petro-chemical and renewable energies.
The improvement of the Gijon facilities will have various phases, two of which are already underway. New ultrasound machinery will be installed to improve quality. The modernisation process will also be used to expand the machinery range and place the Asturian factory in a favourable position within railway material production. It will also invest in energy improvements to the Gijon plant, consuming less resources and saving on production costs.
These investments by the metal multinational, guarantee activity within the Asturian factories and a supply of fuel for the next 40 years, thus boosting competitiveness within the Asturian industrial sector.