Beralmar Tecnologic S.A. Commenced operations in Spain. Over time, the Company has entered the international market, and is now a major exporter able to service different markets.
Its headquarters are in Terrasa, a stone's throw from Barcelona. Its has a 7,500 m2 facility.
1964-In the beginning
Beralmar was set up in 1964. It was headquartered in Sant Cugat del Vallés at the Almar brick plant. Manufacturing took place at Talleres Alpa, in Terrassa, located in Bòbila Almirall.
The company came to life among kilns, dryers, clay, extruders… in the midst of brickworks.
Subsequently a hot-air generator was built for drying. FIRING and DRYING were already part of the Company’s core mission.
As markets evolved, Beralmar consistently adapted to its surroundings.
Anew fuel hit came on the scene as a symbol of progress: natural gas, and the first gas burners in Spain were built in 1976.
1982-Appointment of new Chief Executives
In 1982, in the middle of the oil crisis, the Company went through significant changes: Cristóbal Caparrós and Ramón Sarió were appointed Chief Executives, Talleres Alpa manufacturing concern was taken over and headquarters moved to Terrassa, next to Bóbila Almirall, at Avda. Angel Sallent nº 59.
In the early 80’s, further new fuels came onto the scene in response to a weak economy, among them coal, and burners were also built to increase fuel efficiency.
Ever since, based on experience in these fuels in kilns and dryers, we have developed new burner models providing the right solution for each type of kiln and firing material.
This specialisation in special burners for the ceramics industry is what have made Beralmar the leading supplier in several world markets.
At the end of the 80’s, the CONTROL business started, producing automatic Regulation and Control Equipment for the MICROBER and MICROSEC tunnel kilns and dryers, which was successful for two reasons:
firstly it became possible to automate any existing tunnel kiln and dryer and supplement the fuel systems; and secondly it made it possible to understand the firing and drying process in depth and thus expand the Company’s specialisation.
From then on the Company was in a position to provide kiln and dryer upgrade services and to perform modifications to increase productivity. It was not just a matter of providing good solutions, rather it involved overall enhancements.
1990-Move to Terrasa
In 1990 the Company moved its Bòbila Almirall facilities in Terrasa to the brand new Els Bellots Industrial Park and has stayed there.
1996-A new Phase: kilns, dryers and entire plants
The new Phase started in 1996 by setting up Project Engineering to produce kilns, dryers and entire plants.
The decision to enter into this new Phase was based on two reasons:
- Market opportunity. The Company had spotted that it in the markets in which it did business and in new markets under study, there was an opportunity to sell kilns, dryers and entire plants.
- The Company had the knowledge of how ceramics processes worked and, as it already built the capital goods, the next step was to offer the entire process.
The first projects were possible thanks to support and belief of our customers in the new Phase.
Towards the end of December 1998, Cerámicas Valera, S.A., a company operating from Santa Cruz de Mudela (Ciudad Real) commissioned a FORNTHERMIC kiln and a JETDRYER fast dryer to produce 300 tonnes/day of 1 metre tongue and groove and roof tiles.
This brand new pant started production in 1999.
In the first quarter of 2001 3 new projects were delivered:
One MESTRAL, semi-continuous dryer with MICROSEC automated control for Cerámicas Espíritu Santo, of Alameda de la Sagra (Toledo), for 650 tonnes/day of hollow bricks and heat bricks.
A MESTRAL Chamber Dryer, a pre-kiln and extension to tunnel kiln for Cerámica Borja, of Alicante, for production of 55,000 roof tiles per day.
A tunnel kiln, pre-kiln and dryers for Novaceramic plant in México, with production capacity of 500 tonnes/day.
Beralmar was awarded the Chamber of Commerce exporter prize for the second year; the first was in 1993 for its considerable technical capability providing support for powerful and consistent growth in exports. Fifty per cent of the Company’s production was for export.
2002-New name, new image
On 1 January 2002 Beralmar turned a new page, changing its 36-year-old name from QUEMADORES Beralmar S.A., to Beralmar TECNOLOGIC S.A., with a brand new corporate image.
Moving away from the QUEMADORES Beralmar S.A. name is not designed to leave behind the origins of the Company, quite the opposite, we continue to strive to be the best burner builders, while seeking a broader business base stemming from our engineering services.
This year the company built the first PRESTHERMIC sealed kiln.
2003-Technolgical Innovation Award
With an audience of 600 people from the private sector, at an event presided over by the President of the Catalonian Government, Jordi Pujol, Beralmar Tecnologic was presented with the 2003 Chamber of Commerce Award for Technological Innovation for “developing a new combustion system using biogas from urban waste”.
In the same year we completed the plant extension started in 2002, doubling our manufacturing facilities and office space. We now have a 3,500 m2 works area and 1,065 m2 of office space, plus atriums.
The same year also saw the first Micromatic micronised coal facilities, a significant step forward in using coal in the ceramics industry.
Since 1984 Beralmar has been building coal-fired facilities, specifically the PROMATIC.
These two systems have spread rapidly around the world, with over 100 facilities in operation (2005).
2004-Beralmar consolidates its engineering base
Beralmar consolidates its engineering base in different markets This year will see 25 engineering projects, involving entire plants, kilns and dryers.
2005-R&D department continues to innovate
R&D department continues to produce its own products.
This year sees the new range of FOC20 cool-flame gas burners, placed between the pre-heating area and the draw fan.
The system makes firing more consistent and provides pre-heating for a faster bake.
The result is higher productivity in kilns that in theory are working at full capacity.
Also this year the Company produces kiln self-igniting burners.
2006-Building of eight tunnel kilns commences
Beralmar starts the year building eight tunnel kilns. Two of the projects are for entire plants.
Experience of our personnel enables us to offer the broadest range of dryers available on the market, based on clay characteristics and ceramic material types to be manufactured. Our dryer offering includes: fast, chamber, semi-continuous, green load on trailer and on platform dryers.