GRI Renewable Industries (GRI), wind industrial división of Corporación Acek, has concluded a Joint Venture agreement with Metalurgia Calviño (CALVIÑO) to initiate the manufacture of wind towers in Argentina in the second semester of 2017.
This new GRI facility will be located in the existing industrial plants in the Industrial Center of CALVIÑO in Florencio Varela, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, allowing a 300 wind towers supply per year for the Argentinian market and creating 350 highly-skilled jobs.
GRI and CALVIÑO are finalizing matters related to technical, financial and legal aspects, in order to start immediately with the industrial activity.
According to Javier Imaz, CEO of GRI: The alliance between GRI and CALVIÑO will guarantee the supply of wind towers manufactured in Argentina, with the highest international manufacturing quality standards and just-in-time delivery”.
Gastón Guarino, President of CALVIÑO, added that: “This Alliance will offer the Argentinian market a solution already proven internationally in different countries. In addition, it will ensure a greater synergy between one of the World’s leading Companies, as it is GRI, with a one the local pioneer Companies in this industry”.
GRI Renewable Industries (www.gri.com.es) was formed in 2008 and is the industrial wind division of Corporación Acek holding. As part of this multinational and under the Gonvarri Steel Industries umbrella, develops its wind towers and flanges manufacturing activity in the wind energy sector. Currently, it counts with 12 manufacturing plants in Spain, the USA, Brazil, China, Turkey, India and South Africa that manufacture and supply high quality wind towers and flanges to the wind energy industry worldwide. GRI Renewable Industries ended the 2016 fiscal year with sales over 450 million euros and about 3,700 employees.
CALVIÑO is an industrial equipment manufacturing Company, specialized in bridge cranes and heavy service granty cranes, working in collaboration with the most internationally well-renowned manufacturing companies for thermal power, nuclear and hydroelectric station works amongst other industries. In 2011, it launched a new business unit for the wind towers manufacturing for high-power aerogenerators, becoming the only company mass-producing wind towers in Argentina.