Torsa, tecnologia punta andaluza para la industria minera mundial

Gemma Bastida I Málaga (EFE).- Desde su sede en el Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, el Málaga TechPark, the company Torsa designs and manufactures solutions of technology punta andaluza for the mining industry.

Con ellas ha logrado hacerse un hueco entre las grandes firmas del sector, exportando sus sistemas a los principales mercados de Latinoamérica.

Founded in 1995 by the Barroso family, this Malagasy SME began its journey in the field of renewable energies, with the development of the country’s first wind parks.

Sin embargo, su «ADN innovator» led him to diversify the business and enter new sectors such as pharmaceutical logistics or mining, explained to EFE the general director of the group, Rafael Córcoles.

In barely a decade, Torsa has succeeded in implanting its punta andaluza technology in the mines of Peru, Chile and Mexico.

He has received international prizes and prepared an expansion plan that he has to take to new countries and continents, crecimiento que se traducirá también en un aumento de plantilla y de sus actuales instalaciones en Málaga.

La apuesta de Perú

La compañía peruana Antamina, una de las diez minas más grandes del mundo in terms of volume of production, fue la primera en confiar en la tecnologia punta andaluza de Torsa, a la que planteó un doble reto.

Por un lado, desarrollar un sistema anticolisión de alta precisión para las giganticas palas utilizados en las mines, que pueden llegar a medir diez meters, para evitar choques y atropellos.

The Andalusian company created a device based on LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology that analyzes with centimeter precision the interaction between the vehicle and its surroundings.

Alert to the operator of the machine, acoustically and visually, del type, position and distance from the obstacles que tiene a su alrededor.
This technology is now applied in open air spaces, although Torsa has initiated a pilot test in a mine in Chile for its use in subterranean galleries.

This exploitation is considered the world’s largest copper mine, with more than 3,000 kilometers of tunnels.

Si esta prueba arroja resultados positivos, apunta Córcoles, se abriría un gran mercado para Torsa, pues la mayor parte de las minas actualmente en explotación son subterráneas.

Expansión international

También por encargo de Antamina, Torsa designed an application that monitors in real time the vibrations to which the operator of a mining vehicle is exposed.

Estas suelen ser origen de lesiones cervicales, lo que ha permitido reducir en un 80 por ciento las bajas laborales por este motivo.

In 2020, the Anglo-Australian company BHP Billiton, the major miner of the world, awarded this device in the «People’s Choice Award» category for its innovative character in the field of health and labor security.

El premio puso a Torsa en el mapa de la minería mundial, un sector dominatedo por grandes corporaciones como General Electric.

Torsa has a delegation in Peru with a delegation of fifteen people, which will be expanded to ten from here at the end of the year, although it also operates in Chile and soon in Mexico, where the forecast is to open an office with personal ownership at the beginning of 2023.

«Esperamos llevar a cabo (in estos países) operaciones comerciales de grand envergadura», señala el directorivo.

The strategic market of Torsa is Latin America, although the company could disembark at the beginning of 2023 in Canada and study its entry into the African continent, in countries such as South Africa, Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Rafael Córcoles underlines that the objective of Torsa, which also has among its clients a la multinational Anglo-Suiza Glencore, the second of the giants of the sector, is to “grow slowly, but in solid form”, “supporting technology and providing quality service”. .

Una treintena de ingeniero desarrollan tecnologia punta andaluza desde Torsa. EFE/Zapata

Tecnología “Made in” Málaga

El ejecutivo remembers that Torsa develops all its technology in Málaga, where it also manufactures devices.

Ello les permite controlar todo el processo y responder con major agilidad a las necessidades de los clientes, pese a que los costes son mayores.

Torsa has a team of thirty engineers and its objective is to triple the workforce in three years, until the 90s.

“El reto es cómo llegar a esta cifra, a menudo los plans de crecimiento no se adaptan a la realidad”, specifies Córcoles, who recognizes the difficulty that this technological company has to recruit and retain talent, a common problem in the entire sector.

The expansion of Torsa will also require an expansion of its facilities in the Málaga TechPark.

The firm has already started the process to construct a new plant of 2,000 square meters just behind its actual headquarters, in unos terrenos destinados actualmente a parcarcione.

The idea is that the new facilities will be operational at the end of 2024. EFE

Edición web: Violeta Gil

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