History

  • 2017

    2017

    Inka Guixà, appointed Managing Director of La Farga

    In 2017 Inka Guixà was appointed as the new Managing Director of La Farga, while Oriol Guixà continues in his post as Chairman and CEO at the head of the property interests and of the various stakeholders.

    La Farga signed an agreement with Danieli, the Italian company that is a leader in the manufacture of equipment and plant for the ferrous metals industry, to reinforce one of the company’s strategic lines - the sale of technology worldwide.

  • 2016

    2016

    Dies Vicente Fisas Comella

    Dies Vicente Fisas Comella, La Farga’s president for 35 years and a key player in creating La Fundació La Farga. He was the man who believed in the company project in 1980, and he committed and engaged to forging what is today La Farga.
  • 2014

    2014

    La Farga commits itself to an ambitious investment plan

    This year La Farga has obtained three of the major high-speed rail contracts that require a high technological content, allowing it to duplicate its production capacity in railway electrification. At the same time, it is launching an ambitious investment plan for the three companies, aimed at improving the production plants. Part of this plan includes the total renewal of the refining furnace with its own patented technology that will provide benefits in terms of energy savings, increased productivity and maximum efficiency.

    The holding company acquired 100% of La Farga Tub France
  • 2013

    2013

    La Farga continues its worldwide expansion

    La Farga has opened a new copper tube distribution centre close to London, La Farga Limited. A new commercial office to meet the emerging needs of the British market.
  • 2012

    2012

    La Farga is positioned in the international rail market and starts SDI La Farga

    The metallurgy holding company has a strong position in the international rail market, with large contracts with major companies, while expanding its product range with new market applications of electrical conductors for medium, high and very-high voltage . In the summer, SDI La Farga was started in the USA for the production of wire rod based on recycled copper thanks to the technology patented by La Farga. The La Farga pipes and rods obtained the Antimicrobial Copper Cu+ international certificate.
  • 2011

    2011

    La Farga Group goes international in the USA and France.

    The company expanded by creating a company in the United States of America, SDI La Farga, to produce recycled copper wire rod. That same year, another company created between La Farga Tub and a French distributor, La Farga Tub France, also started trading to supply copper pipes throughout France. Earlier that year, all of the new internationalisation projects were presented to the media and the Right Honourable President of La Generalitat de Catalunya, Mr. Artur Mas Gavarró was invited.
  • 2010

    2010

    La Farga Group and a local partner open a company in China

    La Farga Group expanded and, together with a local partner, created a company in China, Ganzhou Jiangwu La Farga, that deals in the supply of rail products to the Asian market.
  • 2009

    2009

    Alloys and the birth of La Farga Intec

    The production of La Farga Lacambra specialises in high performance copper products using different alloys with other materials. La Farga Intec SLU was created to manage the sale of technology patented by La Farga Lacambra to manufacture copper rod based on recycled metals and to plan and manage the group's expansion.
  • 2008

    2008

    Bicentenary of the company

    In 2008, La Farga Lacambra celebrated 200 years of history by organising various events and publishing the book "Copper Solutions since 1808".

    It created the new company La Farga Rod to produce electrolytic copper rod.

    Events held:
    Press presentation of all events, Technological symposium to mark the 20th anniversary of the joint venture between LFL and Continuus Properzi, Opening of the Copper Museum, Presentation of the book "Copper", Gala Dinner, Open House, Meeting of family businesses and round table of bicentennial companies.
  • 2006

    2006

    La Farga Group

    The holding company, created in 2003, is identified under the name La Farga Group (LFG). It took over 36% of the shares in Tubo Técnico Europeo. LFG controls 86% of the company. After this operation, Tubo Técnico Europeo was renamed La Forge Tub. The project to refurbish the home of the Count and Countess of Lacambra also started.
  • 2005

    2005

    Return to the rail market

    The return to the rail market with a new range of products for the electrification sector. Investments were made in a new fumes treatment plant and offices are refurbished.
  • 2004

    2004

    Environmental investment

    The company’s enormous concern for the environment led to the construction of the roof over the recycled copper patio.
  • 2000

    2000

    Growth

    In recent years, as a result of growth, investments that have been made that have provided greater productivity and have increased the supply capacity to customers.
  • 1992

    1992

    New copper pipe factory

    In 1992, a new copper pipe factory was constructed. In 1998, a 50% joint venture was constituted between La Farga Lacambra and British Company Delta.
  • 1990

    1990

    Investments

    A time of ongoing industrial investments began that accelerated growth and a plan to redefine the industry was made. The company entered the welding wire market for metal packaging.
  • 1986

    1986

    Spain enters the EU. La Farga launches the first continuous casting process using recycled copper in the world

    It became the first company worldwide to develop a continuous casting process using recycled copper. This created the heat rod for continuous casting and the patent for the process was obtained, the technology of which was sold to countries in different continents.
  • 1981

    1981

    La Farga Lacambra, SA

    A bad market position and financial difficulties caused a deep crisis. Within this environment, the partners of a law firm made ​​arrangements with the major creditors to discuss the real possibilities of continuity. The Lacambra family ceased in its ownership and La Farga Lacambra, SA was created.
  • 1952

    1952

    Rolling mill

    With the acquisition of bar rolling mill for wire rod in 1952 and semi-train in 1976, it was possible to increase production levels to better serve market needs.
  • 1950

    1950

    Social activities

    The Lacambra family sponsored many different social activities: construction ofhousing for workers, pharmacy, commissary, cinema-theatre, bar-restaurant and sports promotion.
  • 1940

    1940

    The year of the flood

    In 1940, a great flood caused major damage to the factory. As of the 40s, products for electrical use became increasingly important.
  • 1936

    1936

    The Spanish Civil War

    During the civil war, the firm was collectivised and production was used for military purposes. Once the war had ended, the company was returned to the Lacambra family, first under the management of Ramón Estany and then Francisco José Lacambra Estany.
  • 1927

    1927

    King Alfonso XIII visits La Farga

    In 1921, Francesc Lacambra Lacambra inherited the company. During his tenure, the company took over electrical conductor company of Joan Cinca, founded in Barcelona in the early twentieth century, and the company Talleres Españoles de Calderería, with factories in Barcelona and Zaragoza. In 1927, King Alfonso XIII granted him the title of Count of Lacambra. Married to Teresa Estany Jimena, he died in 1933.
  • 1914

    1914

    Outbreak of World War 1

    Between 1915 and 1918, at thes ame time as World War 1 and with investment in new machinery, the company enjoyed an extraordinary economic boom. The Lacambra family built a new modernist-styleresidence next to La Farga.
  • 1913

    1913

    Start of copper rod production

    During the first decade of the twentieth century, under the management of Josep Lacambra Saborit, the son of Ferran Lacambra, La Farga underwent a profound renewal of the machinery that enabled it to begin production of wire rod for electric cables in 1913. The electrical and rail industry were to become the main markets of La Farga over the following decades.
  • 1898

    1898

    Closure of the La Barceloneta foundary

    During the last third of the nineteenth century, the demand for copper sheets to line vessels shrank year after year, leading to the need for new markets and for restructuring of the company, which in recent years was engaged in the manufacture of sheet for boilers, stills etc. In 1898, the Lacambra family foundary closed in La Barceloneta. The stores were moved to the street known as Calle Bailén, where it meets Alí Bey street.
  • 1888

    1888

    The Universal Exposition

    La Farga was an award-winner at the Universal Exposition in Barcelona, showing the importance already acquired by the company over recent years.
  • 1870

    1870

    The death of the founder

    That year, Francesc Lacambra Pont, the founder of the company, died. The company continued under the leadership of two of his sons, Ferran and Joan Lacambra Pujadas, under the name of "Hijos de Francisco Lacambra".
  • 1859

    1859

    A new industrial project

    The Lacambra family built a factory equipped with a turbine next to La Farga. The factory was leased to Joan Esteve Vilar, a manufacturer of cotton yarn and fabrics. In the mid 1860s, La Farga and the cotton factory employed over 250 people.
  • 1852

    1852

    La Farga Lacambra

    In 1852, Francesc Lacambra formed a forge on the banks of the Ter River in a former mill at Les Masies de Voltregà in order to use the force of the water to produce copper sheets. These sheets were used to line the submerged part of the hulls of the wooden boats that sailed to the American colonies. Under the management of Joan Lacambra Pujadas (son of Francesc Lacambra), La Farga started produce sheets late in the summer of 1853.
  • 1844

    1844

    Suppliers of the Royal Mint

    In the late 1830s, Francesc Lacambra Pont used his strategic location near the Port of Barcelona to launch the company in the wholesale metal and recycled metal trade. By 1844, the company was already one of the leading copper suppliers for the Royal Mint in Barcelona. This activity enabled the company to accumulate the necessary capital to promote new industrial projects.

  • 1808

    1808

    Napoleon occupies Barcelona

    In 1808, in the midst of Napoleon’s occupation, Francesc Lacambra Pont from Sabadell created a small family-run foundry in the neighborhood of La Barceloneta. It dealt in the production of copper and bronze objects such as nails, pots, bells and other products for the Catalan navy.

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