Metallurgy Research Centre


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).


Fire and Emergency Services from Bizkaia improve their preparation by the hand of specialists from the IK4-Azterlan Metallurgical Technical Center and the Gestamp Group.

This important initiative is linked with one of the research lines of IK4-Azterlan, directly related to the hot stamping technology. Specialists from the technical centre have shared with the emergency services the main characteristics of the Ultra High Strength Steels (UHSS) increasingly used in a wide range of components from the body in white of passenger vehicles. The working session has allowed sharing advanced knowledge about these new materials which will help to define more effective and safer rescue protocols in case of car crash accidents.