Carburos Metálicos, a leading company in the industrial and medical gases sector in Spain and part of the Air Products Group, gathered clients, authorities, institutions and associations – including Matilde Villarroya, General Director of Industry of the Government of Catalonia – at its El Morell plant in Camp de Tarragona, to commemorate 60 years of activity in the region.
The region is regarded as the second metropolitan area of Catalonia, hosting the most important chemical complex in Spain as well as one of the main ports. Carburos Metálicos has operated in Camp de Tarragona since 1958 and currently has five production plants in the area.
Ahmed Hababou, General Director and Miquel Lope, Director of Business Development and Operations of Carburos Metálicos have reviewed the company’s history and relationships with the Camp de Tarragona. In 1958 the first cylinder was filled in Reus. Today, the company has five production plants, with a capacity of more than 2,500 tonnes per day.
The El Morell plant, where the meeting took place, is Air Products’ Operational Services centre and is the only ASU plant in Catalonia. This centre was inaugurated in 1992 and subsequently expanded in 2014.
In 2002, the company inaugurated two facilities In La Pobla de Mafumet for the production of liquid carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) and hydrogen (H2). In addition, the company has a H2 purification and compression plant in Vilaseca, and a plant dedicated to the production of liquid and gas CO2 in La Canonja.
Ahmed. Hababou, General Director of Carburos Metálicos, commented, ”Carburos Metálicos is another citizen of Tarragona contributing to the economic and social development of the area with responsibility, work and innovation. The company has built its reputation on the basis of concepts such as safety, quality, integrity and the generation of value, and that reputation is the cornerstone of our success in relation with the communities in which we are present.”
In his speech, the general manager thanked Carburos Metálicos for its commitment to Camp de Tarragona and stressed that “the company concentrates the virtues of the industry of the future that has to be innovative, intelligent, inclusive, sustainable and with the ability to internationalise.”
The company has various development projects that exemplify its commitment to the environment. For example, the agreement with the community of irrigators of La Sequieta through which the company provides the farmers with water rich in nitrates generated in the production process of its plant in La Pobla de Mafumet. This contributes to the fertilization of the hazelnut fields; a project that had a total investment of €120,000 by Carburos Metálicos and received a special distinction from the European Association of Industrial Gases (EIGA) in the 2016 EIGA Environmental Award.
On a more social level, Carburos Metálicos is committed to its integration with the community through collaboration agreements with local entities. These include efforts with the Down Tarragona Association, dedicated to the integration and active incorporation of people with intellectual disabilities into society and the La Pobla Soccer School Foundation, dedicated to promote and encourage the practice of grassroots football among children and young people of the town. It also highlights Carburos Metálicos commitment to sectorial organisations in the area such as the Chemical Business Association of Tarragona (AEQT), whose collaboration has been fundamental over the years.
During the last six years, the performance of the Carburos Metálicos plants in Tarragona has been worthy of the Safety Award granted annually by the Business Federation of the Spanish Chemical Industry (FEIQUE). The award recognises the best results regarding occupational accidents obtained by the companies of the sector during the previous year. In addition, Carburos Metálicos’ HyCO plant in Tarragona broke its reliability record two years ago, reaching 1,000 days of continuous service without unscheduled stops.