Metallurgy Research Centre


IK4-Azterlan leads the technical support in the working initiative set by the Basque Countrie’s Department of Environment & Regional Planning along with the Foundry Sector, in order to prevent and to improve the management of waste foundry sand and fines.

The aim of this initiative set up by Basque Government, is to fulfill the requirements of the “Prevention and Waste Management Plan in the Basque Autonomous Community 2020”. Initial working meetings have taken place on 27th February, 17th March and 26th May of the present year 2015.


IK4-Azterlan consolidates the research line on light alloys and aluminum transformation processes with the participation in a new European project in this field.

On the 2nd of June took place in Ajalvir (Madrid) the kick-off meeting of the HardALU Project (H2020-SMEINST-2-2014: 674 539) led by Hornos y Metales S.A., in which the metallurgical technical center IK4-AZTERLAN is actively involved. The goal of the project is the development and further launch to the market of a fluidized bed technology for the heat treatment of aluminum engine blocks and other aluminum components for the automotive sector produced by high pressure die casting (HPDC).