The Bellota Tools company, one of the main companies in the sector, has invested nearly 4 million euros in a new manufacturing line for its Legazpi plant, which will allow the company to practically double the production of hoes and hammers. The company, one of those that has suffered the most from the effects of the war due to the significant volume of business it had in Ukraine, had the official launch of this new line with the presence of the Minister of Economic Development of the Basque Government, Arantxa Tapia, and the general deputy of Gipuzkoa, Markel Olano, among other personalities.
With its new investment, Bellota will be able to manufacture more than 250 references and go from 4,000 hoes a day that leave its facilities to 7,200 of different types and models that can be produced daily when the facility reaches its full manufacturing capacity at the end of anus. Specifically, it will allow the manufacture of these tools to be increased by one shift, going from the current two to three. In addition, it will also allow the production of hammers to be doubled, going from the 2,000 that are manufactured daily in this plant in Gipuzkoa to 4,000.
On the other hand, the workers see their conditions improved, by eliminating part of the mechanical tasks, without reducing the workforce. With this increase in production, Bellota Tools will be able to respond to the growing demand for these tools that is taking place in Africa and the Middle East and Latin America, and will offer a more sustainable, competitive product with consistent quality.
Hoes are the tools most sold by Bellota, after masonry trowels, and represent 15% of the turnover of this business, while hammers account for 12% of sales. The goal with the new line is to increase sales of these work tools by 40%. The total turnover of Bellota Tools in 2021 reached 48 million euros.
The new line is also a commitment to the circular economy, since it will also reduce the percentage of surplus steel during the process by around 13%. It will also reduce the consumption of raw material.