An investment grant were given from the Thüringer Aufbaubank to Mecalbe GmbH from the subsidy programme Thüringen-Invest to improve the competitiveness and productivity of the company. This payment is financed by the state of Thüringen and the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE-Fonds).
The Group’s backing of Aisi S.A. (Manufacture of Sintered Products), based in Valle de Mena, increases its technological capabilities.
Aisi was founded in the year 2000 and has a workforce of 20 young people with significant experience in a relatively unknown area of the industry.
The acquisition of the entire Aisi shareholding is the group’s second strategic operation in December with a view to doubling its size over the next ten years.
MEK Group, in collaboration with Elkargi Consulting, has acquired Tornillería LEMA, a leading machining company in the automotive sector, in a bid to consolidate its business portfolio and strengthen its expansion in the international market.
MEK Group was established in 2016 with the incorporation of ORZA, the manufacturer Valentín Ganchegui, and Whitehole, Family Office of Alejandro Ormazabal to the initial project lead by Javier Alcoba. The Group’s strategic plan is to consolidate the high-added-value machining sector nationally, with a decisive focus on international expansion.
Against this backdrop, shareholders at Tornillería LEMA, based in Elgeta, have concluded that the company’s expansion is more feasible within a group with Basque roots, and which brings together all aspects of the business venture.
Lema’s plants in Elgeta and Mexico, together with MEK Group’s facilities in Germany, the USA and China, will increase their portfolio of machining services on the international stage, specialising in precision metal turning.
President of MEK Group, Javier Alcoba, said “Tornillería LEMA is vital to our expansion. It brings complementary technology, clients and markets, and above all an excellent team upon which to grow our group.”
Biscay-based MEK Group (headquartered in Mallabia) makes the leap onto the American continent with the opening of a new plant in Van Wert (Ohio, USA.), and in doing so has met its goal of being a leading firm in the automotive parts sector. The 2,200 m2 plant and initial set of four Hydromat transfer machines is part of the Group’s expansion and new technology acquisition policy.
The launch of this project in the heart of the US car industry has increased MEK Group’s global presence and is preceded by the opening of plants in Yancheng (China) and Erfurt (Germany). This latest plant has the support of the entire MEK Group industrial holding and is driven by the “excitement and ambition” which has characterised the group since its beginnings.
Knoxtyl, company of the MEK Group, will exhibit at Interzum, an international trade fair for manufacturers and suppliers of furniture and decoration components and accessories held every two years in Cologne, Germany.
Interzum is the sector’s global leader in trade fairs. It is where new models and innovations are presented to manufacturers of home, kitchen and bathroom furniture and its visitors include the key manufacturers in these industries, as well as architects and decorators.
Knoxtyl will present its new models of furniture handles, developed in partnership with Dhemen Design Engineering, as well as the classic models, and two electric appliance handles installed on the doors of refrigerators (Neff) and ovens (Wolf) that the two clients have generously provided.
The design of the stand and the models on display are examples of Knoxtyl’s capacity for innovation, design and manufacture, and their aim is to tell our customers what we offer, which is to put our full production and design ability, along with 30 years of experience in manufacturing metal components, at your service.
The event takes place on 16th to 19th May at Koelnmesse and you can find us at stand A13 in hall 8.
This is the first major operation of the Group led by Javier Alcoba after recently consolidating its growth programme with the incorporation of Orza, Valentín Gantxegi and WhiteHole into its shareholders.
MEK ENGINEERING KNOWLEDGE GROUP has begun the roll out of its revised Strategic Plan, one of the main objectives of which is to triple its turnover over the coming years. The Group has acquired the company Rua Proyectos y Servicios S.L. (Rua Projects and Services) in a move that will enable MEK Group to increase and strengthen its supply of solutions in the complex and technical machining sector.
The acquisition will be used by MEK Group to noticeably improve its market position via new clients and by utilising the fresh capabilities that will be brought to its new Mek CNC division. This commitment, led by Javier Alcoba, is directly oriented at growing the Group and strengthening its internationalisation process.
The move is not in vain, since it will facilitate synergies which are nowadays the real production driving force within the Group, such as the current machining processes in the Hydromat rotary transfer machines from Pfiffner, with production in Spain and in MEK Group’s plants in Germany and China. These circumstances will enable the machined manufacturing of medium sized parts in series of up to 600,000 units per year in the SW and Matsura facilities, amongst others.
In Javier Alcoba’s words, the operation “reaffirms our business project’s commitment to growth, strengthens our position in an increasingly competitive market, and allows us to develop continuous improvement policies around expertise, training and excellence”.
MEK Group (previously Grupo Mecalbe) is a leading company in high-value- added machining and production of metal parts for the automotive and hydraulic/pneumatic industries and for the white goods and furniture sector. It currently has 9 production facilities, now including Mek CNC.
With its machined products, MEK is helping to reduce damaging diesel engine emissions.
MEK (Metal Engineering Knowledge) and its client develop components for the unit incorporated in the SCR AdBlue diesel gas emission reduction component with a capacity of million units a year in order to comply with the 2016 Euro 6 emission standard.
Following fears in the market following VW’s unethical hiding and modification of emissions data in its vehicles, we hope that this solution will be put into use as soon as possible in all engines with the aim of achieving a better and cleaner world.
AdBlue is injected into the vehicle’s SCR catalyst emissions for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) chemical process. SCR technology is used to reduce damaging emissions from diesel engines and is the only way of complying with the future Euro 6 emissions standard and the 2010 Environmental Protection Agency standards (North America). The manufacturers of the heaviest components have already implements SCR technology.
SCR is a reliable way of neutralising your engine’s toxic emissions. This post-treatment release technique converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) into nitrogen gas (N2) and water using urea or ammonia solutions. The first SCR systems were designed for industrial use (in boilers). However, as the technology progressed, the automotive industry began using SCR systems in diesel engines. The SCR system was used in lorries and buses and gave extraordinary results. The latest in SCR technology includes applications for diesel engines, boats and gas turbines as well as agricultural, construction and refinery equipment.
SCR and AdBlue
SCR engines use the AdBlue aqueous urea solution. It is stored in an independent tank in the system and injected into the exhaust emission. This injection generates a chemical reaction in the SCR catalytic convert
er. The result is that potentially dangerous exhaust fumes become safe nitrogen and water vapour, all thanks to AdBlue.
By means of a contract of 7 years and 16 million units, machining project of Bracket CIE for common-rail, whose final client are different firms that compose the Groupe PSA, started with the initial implementation of a machine in Spain for the European market. Once the technology is assimilated, MEK faces the challenge of installing a second machine for the supply of the Chinese market.
Common-rail technology is one of the main stakes carried out successfully by the final client Groupe PSA, on account of the low media consumption obtained in the range of utility automobile while CO2 emissions are reduced.
MEK is positioned in this way as a world leader in the machining by rotary transfer machines, technology that has in its plants located in Mallabia (Spain), Erfurt (Germany) and now in Yancheng (China). Until now MEK Mingli company has only manufactured products for the furniture and appliance sector since 2006.
For this, the plant of Mallabia and Mingli work together in order to develop and implement an automotive project named High-Tech Automotive Fuel Injection Part whose client is CIE Automotive.
From last Monday, 2nd of May we have the presence of three employees of MEK Mingli in the plant of Mallabia. Since their arrival, these three employees work together with technicians of the plant of Mallabia in order to receive the necessary training for the development of the mentioned project.
Taking into account the complexity of operation and control of rotary transfer machines, MEK creates MEK School. A school which will educate and train specialized professionals in the field, providing knowledge, development and innovation in new projects and the improvement of the already industrialized ones. The main goal of this school is to train and prepare students in the knowledge of the rotary transfer technology, manipulation of machines by CNC, etc.
After this first phase of training, employees of MEK Mingli and project managers are going to travel to the plant of Pfiffner in Thalwil (Switzerland), leading manufacturer of rotary transfer machines used by MEK in its automotive projects, where the adjustment and overhaul of the machining process is going to be accomplished for the subsequent implementation of the machine HS-16 in China.
This high-tech machine with 38 axes controlled by CNC is the first of its characteristics which is installed in the Chinese market, where 23 million cars were produced in 2015.
Knowing this market volume, MEK seeks to enter by the hand of CIE Automotive in the auxiliary automotive sector, being aware of the qualitative and quantitative leap that this project entails. After this, MEK expects to increase its fleet of machines with two other projects over the years 2017 and 2018.
为此，MEK Mecable and MEK铭力共同合作，以制定和实施命名为高新技术汽车燃油喷射配件的汽车项目，其客户委托人就是CIE 汽车。
The company, which has its origins in Eibar (Basque Country) and with facilities in Mallabia (Basque Country), carries out automotive industry machining. It has decided to support the Eibar Sports Association by making all its employees in the Mallabia, Germany and China facilities shareholders.
he company is supporting the Eibar club based on its background and has purchased shares prior to the end-of-season league results and the hoped-for promotion. Mecalbe feels a connection to the team’s exemplary history, it’s administration and the capacity shown by players and technicians who are all one big family. No matter what the end result, they deserve the support shown by fans, companies and the entire Eibar community.
The club is continuing with its marketing campaign which aims to inform people of the need to support the values which the entity and local community hold dear. The campaign encourages people to support the club. With its many shares, the Eibar club will aim to reach out to not only the Eibar community but to national and international communities in order to successfully achieve a capital increase.
Within the annual congress organised by the UPV (University of the Basque Country) as part of its Summer Course programme, Elkargi has brought together managers from BBVA, Confebask, Velatia, CIE
Automotive, Mecalbe and Urkiola Fabricaciones, amongst others. In the words of Eduardo Aréchaga, Confebask’s Managing Director, “it’s a fact that economy productivity is directly connected to the average size of its businesses.” Therefore, and in the opinion of the employee organisations in the Basque Country, “on the contrary to other leading EU economies such as the German economy, excessive automation amongst our businesses makes the insufficient business size one of our biggest challenges. This is particularly true amongst industrial companies.”
Therefore, based on BBVA Research figures, Joseba Barandiaran, BBVA’s Regional Economist for northern Spain, has indicated that, on the basis that “the Spanish economy needs to increase its GDP export percentage” in order to continue to be competitive internationally, “size is the indicator with the greatest impact on a company’s ability to export.” According to Barandiaran, “we need to achieve greater intensive margin, greater export rates per company, increased extensive margin and a greater number of exporting companies.”
Por su parte, el Presidente de Elkargi, Josu Sánchez, ha asegurado que “es muy difícil competir en un mercado global, cuando más del 98% del tejido productivo del País, está conformado por pymes de menos de 50 empleados”. De ahí, la importancia que adquieren las empresas que hacen efecto tractor, tanto en la pyme como en la micropyme. Es el caso de Velatia, cuyo Presidente, Javier Ormazabal, a la hora de explicar el proceso que culminó en la creación del Grupo, marcaba como claves “la estrategia, el compromiso, el proceso y el liderazgo de las personas”.
“Proyectos con liderazgo” se ha anticipado a decir el Consejero Ejecutivo de CIE Automotive, Fermín del Rio. En su opinión, “en el ADN de cualquier proyecto empresarial está el reto de crecer”. Por eso, ha concluido diciendo que para que los centros de decisión estén en el País Vasco, también es importante que “unas cuantas empresas sean grandes”.
The managers of two industrial SMEs, Javier Alcoba (Managing Director of the Mecalbe Group) and Eduardo Cobo (Director of Urkiola Fabricaciones) also shared their practical experience with the almost 100 companies present at the event and indicated that “as well as sharing, it’s also equally important to get over our own fears.”
To conclude and round off all the presentations, Esteban Heredia, General Manager of Elkargi Consultants, noted that “growing is not an option nowadays. The market demands it.” Although “size is not a goal in itself but a means for SMEs to continue being competitive.”