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Hydrotest: what is a hydrotest and how is it performed?

The gas and petrochemical industries require rigorous industrial controls and inspections to ensure the highest possible level of safety in their facilities. For this purpose, all manner of tests and trials are carried out, the most common being destructive and non-destructive tests. Destructive and non-destructive testing in the petrochemical and gas industries What is non-destructive …

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The role of the forge in the history of architecture

Iron is a mineral found in the earth’s crust and has been in use since at least 1700 BC. Its early use was prominent in Egypt for the creation of weapons, wheels, arrows and other objects such as rings and jewelry. Although it has long been used, it was not until the seventeenth century that …

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Machine vision in the forging industry

Artificial Intelligence is an ever more heavily researched field. Experts are busy developing and perfecting its myriad applications: Natural Language Processing, chatbots and virtual assistants, machine learning, biometrics, automation of robotic processes… Dabbling in this field sets you afloat in a virtual sea of possibilities. One of AI’s most widespread applications today is machine vision. …

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Customization of forged products

In 2005, ULMA undertook a strategic plan that required ambitious investments. These investments were the beginning of a project aimed at generating renewed strength in the distribution channel and addressing new sales spaces, such as the substantial market of EPC engineering companies that specialize in large turnkey projects for the Oil & Gas industry. At …

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Automatic warehouses, the intelligent warehouses of the future

Back in 2005, ULMA Forja undertook an ambitious investment plan to fulfill on the goals set forth in the company’s strategic plan. The aim of this project was to strengthen our leadership in the distribution channel and to take on new sales channels, such as the large Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) companies specialized in …

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Virtual audits in times of COVID-19

COVID has presented many challenges between businesses who collaborate together. We have all had to adapt together and find new innovative ways forward. For example, there is no substitute for an in person meeting, but conferencing together can be a good solution. This is an easy solution almost all businesses are currently utilizing. What about …

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Interview with Jenny Zhang, ULMA Forja China Sales Manager

My name is Jenny Zhang 35 years old, Bachelor degree, major in polymer chemistry. I have been working in the energy industry in sales and project management since 2008. I previously worked in for and Italian company and an American group of companies, all related to energy. When did you join ULMA and why? I …

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Digitization and Industry 4.0

The science fiction of a few years ago imagined a highly technological 21st century, with flying cars and humanized robots, among many other features. Now that we are nearing the end of the first quarter century, we can see that expectations were perhaps too high regarding the timescale, but perhaps not regarding the form. The …

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Green Technology

Everyone knows how important technology has become in our daily lives in recent years: a smartphone for each member of the family, televisions with internet connections, a computer on the desk, a car to go to work, industrial machinery … Certainly, in the western world, a large part of the population has technological devices that …

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Artificial intelligence in industry

Industry is increasingly digitized and digital business has become a reality for thousands of companies. One of the new digital tools whose excellent results have helpd consolidate its position is artificial intelligence, which is turning into a tremendous boon for industry. What is AI? Artificial intelligence is a multidisciplinary field that combines science (especially logic …

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Towards the full understanding of Inconel 625 forging and heat treating mechanisms

ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions is proud to say that we are experts in the Inconel 625 superalloy forging technology. After more than 8 years of research the company, together with Mondragon Unibertsitatea, is finishing a PhD dedicated to the study of the forging and heat treatment of this alloy. Guaranteed experience in forged components During …

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Interview with Brad Choi, ULMA Forja East Asia Regional Office Director

We would like to introduce you Brad (Tae-Yong) Choi, our ULMA East Asia Regional Office Director. He is in charge of our Sales for Korea, Japan and China. He has been building his carrier in the Oil and Gas industry since 2003. He previously worked in highly regarded companies such as S&S Valve Co., Ltd …

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The risks in automating work processes

Science fiction movies made us think of a 2020 with flying cars. Although that hasn’t happened yet, we have made great technological advances that have digitized our entire lives, especially on the heels of the coronavirus: payments via cell phone, where we can also watch movies and multimedia content, communicate with people on the other …

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The impact of technologies on the labor market

Digital technologies have a strong impact on the workplace, causing a demand for professionals who are experts in the field. These technologies help connect people and also help promote decisions to implement transformational structural changes in organizations. Consequently, the professions that are in greatest demand in recent years are those related to technological change. Adapting …

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The future of technology in the new economy

The future of technology in the new economy

Technology has experienced great advances in recent years and its presence and importance in our daily lives is everywhere to be seen. In the 80s, the first desktop computers appeared, allowing data to be processed, and in the 90s, with the mushrooming of the Internet, digital technologies completely revolutionized company operations: they saved time and …

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The human resources of the future: trends

The technological revolution that we are witnessing in this century is bringing about changes in our daily lives and in the world of work. At this point, we should ask ourselves if it is also having direct or indirect consequences on HR/Personnel departments. Several studies into the ways digital technologies impact human resources highlight the …

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Dual grades: With just one ULMA standard, we cover more than one client quality need

12 years ago, ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions began the latest stage of its journey by attending to the needs of large engineering companies. In addition to the usual distribution clients —the flange stockists—a strategic decision was made to enter the market of large engineering companies. This important strategic change led to an extensive program of …

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Use of CRA materials in the Oil & Gas industry

CRA is an acronym that stands for Corrosion Resistant Alloys. Have we reached Peak Oil? For many years, analysts and energy experts have been announcing the arrival of Peak Oil, the point when the extraction of and demand for hydrocarbons will reach its maximum level and then begin to fall, being in all probability replaced …

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COVID-19 in the new economy

At the beginning of this year (2020), a health emergency occurred in China that was of international concern: the outbreak of coronavirus 2019-nCoV. Confoundingly, it quickly reached the large European population centers: COVID-19, which we are now more than familiar with. Of course, the impact caused by this disease was not the same in all …

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Yolanda Díaz visits Mondragon

The Minister of Employment and Social Economy, Yolanda Diaz, visited the Basque Country on october 8, in a day dedicated to getting to know the Mondragon Corporation. After the visit, the minister expressed her satisfaction at “getting to know Mondragon first-hand and highlighting what it represents”, emphasizing the cooperation of companies and, especially, people .

The new way of working: combining in-office and telework

Keeping up business activity while abiding by the health and safety measures established by the health authorities has been and continues to be our objective during the current pandemic. The circumstances of the health crisis have demanded that we work from home, but without giving time to plan it. Many home offices have had to …

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The importance of innovation in the oil & gas industry

The oil & gas industry is one of the most conservative when it comes to the implementation of innovations, although in the last few decades technological advances have caused a few important changes in exploration, development and production. In spite of its usual conservatism, the industry has been gradually advancing technologically in order to improve …

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The drop in oil prices

Oil was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1864 and has been governed by supply and demand ever since. It has been considered, from its beginnings until today, a main economic indicator, showing levels and movements of the economy. An example of the influence of the price of oil is the current situation of the economy. In …

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What are slip-on flanges?

Among the wide variety of forged flanges are some sliding types commonly called slip-on flanges. This is a type of flange that is low-cost and easy to install. Main characteristics of the slip-on flange Slip-on flanges are known for their low materials cost and easy installation. One of the added advantages of these flanges is …

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Developing parts for power plants

There are many industries that depend greatly on the machinery and parts that comprise their main structure. Among these industries we find the electric power industry, petrochemical processing, aerospace, etc. In order for the conditions and operation of electric power generation to be optimal and fruitful, the design, and above all, the quality of its …

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The welding neck flange

Among the most widely used flanges are Welding Neck flanges (WN). As usual, the characteristics of this flange are very specific, differing from others in their use and application. The WN flange is very durable and has good sealing ability, and is used very frequently in high-pressure piping systems. The welding neck flange: What is it, and what is it used for? Among the …

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Uses of forged flanges in oil and gas pipelines

One common requirement that unites the most diverse engineering projects is the need to make many decisions and to plan out many details. One of the most important aspects in any job is your choice of materials. For certain industries, forged metal flanges are essential. They are used to temporarily join elements that make up …

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ULMA, specialists in forging processes

ULMA’s facilities include all the hot forging processes available. With them, we provide a wide range of forged products of diverse materials, mainly serving the energy and general capital goods industries. At ULMA, we have extensive experience in the following forging processes Closed-die forging, with and without burr Open-die forging Combined forging: open forging with …

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Upgraded A105N

A105 is an ASTM material widely used in forged flanges. It is the one that demands the least mechanical characteristics; in other words, it is the most utilitarian steel used in flange manufacture. As ASTM, it does not require any mechanical characteristics beyond those derived from the tensile and hardness test. It is not a …

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Bridas ciegas: qué son y para qué se utilizan

La finalidad y necesidades de los proyectos de ingeniería marcan el diseño de los diferentes tipos de bridas existentes. Éstas nacen principalmente para unir varios componentes o elementos de un sistema de tuberías, contando además con la ventaja de facilitar la limpieza, inspección y modificación de la tubería. En este caso os contaremos todos los …

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Development of parts for the wind power industry

Currently, electrical energy is produced in various ways, most commonly by thermoelectric plants, where non-renewable fossil fuels such as coal or oil are burned, with the consequent pollution. Thanks to technological advances and a growing commitment to the environment, new ways are being sought to supply energy to households without having to use up natural …

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The importance of product engineering in customer satisfaction

With globalization and the opening of markets, the number of consumers who need to be served is increasing. This has two consequences: on the one hand, there is an increase in production; on the other hand, faced with overwhelming supply, customers are becoming more demanding. In this situation, with a market that is highly competitive, …

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ULMA Forja, finalizando la intranet de clientes (Oñati)

Cuando hablamos de industria 4.0 hablamos de conexiones, interacción máquina-persona y persona máquina. También hablamos de datos, estadísticas para solución de problemas y otros muchos aspectos técnicos y tecnológicos en este entorno. Pero hay otros aspectos del 4.0 que no son tan conocidos, como las plataformas de gestión de personas o de interacción con clientes. …

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ULMA Forja completes its already extensive offer of Forged Steel Flanges with Weld Overlayed / CLAD FLANGES at its Leniz facilities in Oñati

In oil and gas production and processing there are corrosive or abrasive fluids that cause damage to piping systems, process equipment and joining elements like flanges. These phenomena are often accelerated by high temperatures and pressures. To increase the resistance of these highly exposed flanges, the surfaces that are in contact with the fluid are …

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Reverse engineering in order to optimize costs and improve features through forging

For 60 years, ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions has been collaborating with customers from the most demanding industries to produce extremely competitive components, capable of guaranteeing the best real-world performance. These components form part of capital-intensive facilities and are often installed and used under the toughest and most demanding conditions, where the slightest failure can have serious consequences.  Extreme …

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What are duplex stainless steels?

At the beginning of the 20th century, metallurgists discovered that they could prevent the rusting of steel by adding chromium in a percentage close to 10%. That’s how stainless steel was born. Today, stainless steel is one of the most widely used metal compounds in the world, not only because of its high resistance to …

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How many types of stainless steel are there?

In previous posts, we have talked about the main properties of stainless steel: its high durability, its hardness, its toughness… But to know exactly what kind of steel is better for a product or application, we must know what kinds of steel exist. Stainless steel, an alloy, is as popular as it is strong, and …

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Five industries that use forged steel

Ductile, malleable, tough, durable. These are some of the main characteristics of forged steel. It is strong, but at the same time light, which is why it is highly valued in many areas of industry: car manufacturing, construction, aeronautics… Here are some examples of the main industries that take advantage of the incredible qualities of …

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How does 3D printing of metal work?

In the 15th century, the printing press made for a great advance by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge. Today, 3D printing may generate a similar revolution in the manufacturing industry. What is 3D printing? 3D printing is the creation of objects through combining different layers of materials laid successively on top of each other. This …

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The use of virtual and augmented reality in work environments

When talking about virtual reality, many of us think of science fiction films such as Minority Report, TheMatrix or the more recent Ready Player One. However, this technology is a reality that is increasingly present in our lives and workplaces. Virtual reality versus augmented reality When we speak of virtual reality we refer to the …

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How to choose the best flange for your project

An engineering project involves many decisions. Some of those involve the materials to be used, such as the most suitable type of flange. What are metal flanges and what are they used for? Forged flanges are used to connect elements such as pipes, valves, pumps or the various components of a piping system. Pairs of …

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Uses and properties of titanium

Titanium is one of the most abundant metals in the earth’s crust. However, it was not discovered until 1791, by the clergyman and geology enthusiast William Gregor, in a mine in Cornwall, southern England. Years later, in 1795, the German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth baptized it as titanium, taking as his inspiration the titans, deities …

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How to encourage a positive attitude at work

There is no clear recipe for success. However, we do know some ingredients that can help increase the chances of career and personal success. We are all clear about some of the factors — skills, knowledge and experience — but we must not forget about attitude. Soft skills and competences, what are they? Human Resources departments increasingly value so-called soft skills, i.e., those …

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History of Manual Craft Forging: How was Metal Worked in 3000 BC?

Forging is one of the oldest trades in the world. There is plenty of evidence of jewelry and tools made with this technique and found in archaeological excavations. These elements are part of our artistic and cultural heritage, and they provide important information about the beliefs and customs of our ancestors. But how did they …

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Stainless steel: main properties and applications

Stainless steel is becoming increasingly popular in fields as different as construction, dentistry andthe automotive industry. This is due to its many advantageous properties, including corrosion resistance and durability. But before we find out how stainless steel behaves, we must exploreexactly what this material is. What is stainless steel?  Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon, where carbon is found in …

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Communicating Corporate Values: How to Attract Talent and Clients

A company needs to effectively manage many factors if it wants to be successful. We all know some of them, such as the quality of the product or service offered, or the development of a qualified team with the necessary experience and skills. But it is also important to define an element that we sometimes forget …

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The history and development of steel

Modern industry would be unimaginable without steel, one of mankind’s great technological advances. Its history is strongly linked to our area, the Basque Country, where the Romans once extracted iron, and which was an internationally important hub during the golden age of the steel industry, between the end of the 19th century and the first decades …

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What is Industry 4.0 and how will it influence businesses in the future?

Machines that predict when they need servicing, production lines connected to real-time demand, workers with sensors to detect accidents instantly… Sounds like the future, but it’s not. It’s Industry 4.0. Automated and interconnected processes What is Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth wave of the industrial revolution, a disruption comparable to the adoption …

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Strange and surprising facts about steel

Our daily life is surrounded by steel. There is steel in our cars, in the roads, in the railways, in buildings… It is fundamental in human activity, because no other material has its durability, plasticity and versatility. Its incredible qualities give rise to curiosities that are just as surprising as its malleability or even more so. Did …

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Adversities make us stronger

The overbearing context generated by this virus is one of those enormous situations that life suddenly thrusts upon us, telling us among other things that that there can be no plans and no valid forecasts in the face of its imposing reality — a reality that we are not familiar with and that orders us …

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This is how artificial intelligence could influence the world ok work in the future

Have you ever imagined what the jobs of the future would look like if our work was led by intelligent machines? Throughout history, and especially in these last decades, humans have been dreaming of the possibility of creating perfect artificial intelligence, capable of taking on a myriad of tasks that could transform the world as we know …

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Carrying on at work!

In these difficult times for everyone, at #ULMA our aim is to continue satisfying our customers’ needs. At this time and as long as there is no substantial change in local conditions, we at #ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions are carrying on with our manufacturing and business activity, while applying all of the various protocols and health & safety measures …

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The development of forging throughout history

At ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions, the forging process forms a large part of our raison d’être in the industry of manufacturing flanges and forged components for OEMs. Our high performance and quality assurance on every part we forge have led us to be an industry leader. Today, we want to go back to the beginnings of this age-old practice to detail how the …

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What employees value most in a company

Keeping our people happy and motivated is one of our most important values at ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions. To foster this situation, we provide our staff with benefits that influence both their professional and their personal lives. We have found that this is one of the most important bases for positive company growth. The best …

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Messe Düsseldorf postpones the Tube 2020 show to the 7th December 2020 week over fears of the coronavirus

In a statement sent out the 29th February, Messe Düsseldorf said it was postponing the Tube 2020 Show. The 6th March 2020 Messe Düsseldorf has confirmed that the show will be held the week starting 7th December 2020. READ MORE: https://www.wire-tradefair.com/en/Press/Press_material/Press_releases/Messe_Düsseldorf_postpones_wire_and_Tube_Düsseldorf_2020?utm_source=wire20%20besucher&utm_medium=email&utm_content=pm&utm_campaign=coronahinweis%20en

Casting and forging: what are the main differences?

Before explaining what the casting and forging processes are, as well as the main characteristics of each, we must first clarify the nature of the two main materials usually used in these processes—iron and steel. Iron (Fe) is one of the most abundant metals in the earth’s crust, surpassed only by aluminum (Al). However, pure …

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This is Oñati, the land that has given life to our company

Our company, ULMA Forged Advanced Solutions, is recognized worldwide for the potentialand capacity of the people who make up our great family. Our brand is built on strong values that reinforce its emotional attributes. Projects, ideas, people, innovation, competitiveness, participation, cooperation—these are just some of the factors and qualities that add value to our company and that clearly differentiate us within the …

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ULMA wins contract to supply high-elastic-limit flanges in Saudi Arabia

ULMA has obtained a contract to supply high-elastic-limit flanges for a large pipeline that is critical to KSA (Saudi Arabia)’s energy policy and strategy. Oil & gas pipelines are essentially an engineered series of tubes that serve as the basis for transporting petroleum products. They are segmented into various branches with pumps that drive the movement of …

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These are ULMA’s major projects around the world

At ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions, we are part of a business group committed to our people and the environment. It is an enterprise based on people and open to an increasingly globalized world. We have been doing business for more than 53 years thanks to our clear commitment to innovation, employment and added value. Our company’s identity has been …

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The importance of rewarding sustainable transportation for staff

Pollution is one of the great enemies of our era. It is therefore essential that companies promote measures among their employees to alleviate this situation, especially in terms of sustainable transportation.  Encouraging the use of videoconferencing instead of face-to-face meetings, telecommuting, remote work, flexible schedules, and supporting commuting by public transportation, carpooling or electric cars are just …

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What is forged steel, and what are its main characteristics?

Since ULMA’s birth, forged steel has been our reason for being. Everything we have achieved over the past few decades has been thanks to the passion, effort and dedication we have put into this material that is so precious to us. The majority of our products have forged steel as their raw material—a material that we modify …

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High quality for our most demanding customers

At ULMA Forge, we work hard to manufacture flanges and forged steel products known internationally for their quality and reliability. The performance and durability of our products is the result of not only exhaustive research programs, which we carry out through the development of advanced engineering, but also our compliance with good professional practices in the workplace. All …

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Ulma awarded contract for Berri Oil Field

ULMA Forja, S. Coop / Ulma Forge has been awarded a contract to supply flanges to the Berri Oil Field Expansion, an oil extraction project located partly onshore and partly offshore along Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast. This project is expanding under the Berri Increment Program (BIP) with the aim of doubling crude oil production capacity to 500,000 barrels …

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Committing as professionals to safety and care of the environment

The decades of experience we have under our belts at ULMA mean that we have some important strengths that make our clients continue to trust us year after year.  This is a point of pride for us. We are part of a cooperative system that offers the benefits of a staff that is totally dedicated …

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ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions: a different brand with the same value

Like all large companies, we must invest, innovate and improve over time. Therefore, today we introduce our new brand: ULMA Advanced Forged Solutions. Our new name reflects the significant improvements we have made to our technology, market reach and product line over the past 10 years.  In the past decade, we have invested more than 80 …

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ULMA’s actions stem from commitment and solidarity

Why is commitment so important? In a work environment we can see commitment when we as people realize of the importance of fulfilling our missions and values through every activity that we carry out anywhere in the world. One of ULMA’s greatest values is to be professionally committed to the effort and dedication required in …

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Is it possible to balance family life and long-distance travel for work?

Finding a balance between professional success and an optimal quality of family life can be a challenge for those of us who face this situation, especially when the demands of our job require us to travel far away and stay away from home for several days. Every time we travel, our families suffer — often …

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ULMA Group: more than 40 years at the service of innovation

At the end of the 1950s, the embryo of the current ULMA Group was created when six young mechanics began their business career in an old shop in Oñati with the intention of dedicating themselves to maintenance and support work for the then-prosperous local chocolate industry. A few years later, in 1961, after several meetings …

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Quality and durability: That is how we manufacture our flanges and forged steel products

At ULMA Forja, S. Coop., we have managed to become one of the leading manufacturers in the industry of flanges, forged steel, special forging pieces and other forged products. The support we get from our R&D team allows us to offer our customers a wide variety of added services such as welding and product engineering, …

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