The most environmentally-friendly steel shot plant in the world opens in Vizcaya

Winoa has invested 20 million euros in the construction and equipment of four buildings

Two years and a few months after starting construction, the Winoa group has officially opened its new steel shot plant in Balmaseda, Vizcaya. The company insists that it is the plant of its type that is most environmentally friendly in the world. It uses the most modern production techniques to reduce its environmental footprint.

A dual purification system guarantees a clean environment both inside and outside the plant, which also has heat recovery equipment, smart sensors and a highly efficient water treatment plant. The manufacturing process of the steel shot itself involves high technology that according to Luis Resusta, Director of Winoa Ibérica, makes it the most modern plant in the world in the sector.

The multinational has invested 20 million euros in these facilities, as the press office of the provincial council of Vizcaya has explained. The factory consists of four interconnected buildings that optimize the production processes. They occupy an area of 30,000 square meters on which construction began in June 2016. Inside, there are induction furnaces, heat treatment furnaces, grinding stations and conveyor belts for storage and packaging.

Consolidating employment
"This plant will allow us to specialize on the manufacture of premium products, offering added value to our customers, as well as adapting better and quicker to their changing needs," explains Resusta in the video posted by the company on its website to showcase its facilities. On the company's role in the Basque Country, Resusta adds: "We are very proud that we have consolidate jobs and continue to be a key contributor to wealth generation in our region."

Also in the video, Fernando Fernández-Campa, the quality, environment and safety director of Winoa Ibérica, adds: "The plant has many innovative solutions for preserving resources."

Winoa has a total of eleven production plants with a workforce of over 1,000. Its products are exported to 120 countries, with applications in sectors as diverse as automotive, steel, renewable energies, rail transport, naval and construction.