Located in Girona (Catalonia, Spain) and founded in 1971, METALQUIMIA is a family business, leader in the development of technology and the manufacture of complete turnkey lines and industrial equipment for the production of cooked, marinated and cure meat products and snacks.
Metalquimia bases its activity on technological innovation and the search for maximum quality, efficiency and automation of its wide range of production lines, designed for the meat industries and present in the most important meat processing plants in the world.
Metalquimia has designed, developed and patented since its inception a wide range of machinery, including complete brine preparation systems, injectors, tenderizers, massage reactors, vacuum systems, whole muscle vacuum stuffers, automatic cooking systems, marinating lines, defrosters, automatic QDS lines for cured sliced products, production lines for meat snacks and the most innovative sausage cooking systems.
Metalquimia, as specialized supplier in each and every one of the phases of the meat production process, offers an integral solution and total guarantee for the manufacture of meat products with versatile, highly automated, hygienic, safe, environmentally-friendly production lines designed to reduce manufacturing costs, all with the aim of improving the competitiveness of the world meat industry.
Metalquimia also offers the services of custom design of meat processing plants, Process engineering, Research and analysis of products in central laboratories, Pilot Plants for industrial research and development of new meat and/or protein-based products, Exclusive workshop for the construction of prototypes, Bibliographic service and technological know-how, Training of meat processors’ technical and technological personnel, Technological and production management consultancies, Market studies, Formulation of additives and brines, Maintenance plans and renewal of processing machinery.
Presence in more than 90 countries, 5 continents
Highly qualified professionals
Investment in R&D projects
Our facilities expand again ... construction work is always underway!
METALQUIMIA consolidates its leadership position as a provider of technology and industrial equipment for cooked whole muscle products. As a result of this consolidation, the company expands its facilities in the city of Girona.
We make a strong entrance into the Russian market and Arab countries
METALQUIMIA seeks new challenges and establishes itself in new markets of the former USSR and Arab countries, with the installation of multiple automated manufacturing plants for products customized to meet the specific needs of these markets.
We develop pre-massage machinery to optimize the process
METALQUIMIA patents the first automatic pre-massage machines, the MULTIHAMMER and later the BLADEHAMMER, which provide a significant reduction in total processing time and increased productivity and profitability of the industrial process.
On our 25th Anniversary, we say goodbye to our assembly workshop .... to expand and modernize it
METALQUIMIA grows in years and size and, coinciding with its 25th Anniversary, opens a new assembly workshop in Girona, equipped with the most modern tools and with a surface area tripling that of the existing workshop.
We make great strides forward in the field of continuous automatic vacuum stuffing for whole muscle products
METALQUIMIA patents the new fully automatic TWINVAC whole muscle stuffer, specially designed for continuous vacuum stuffing of meat pieces of any size without destroying their morphology, attachable to thermoformers and clippers.
We have grown: we are 30 years old and we inaugurate new industrial buildings in Palol de Revardit
METALQUIMIA grows exponentially and must expand its Production and Service warehouses. On its 30th anniversary, it opens new industrial buildings near Girona, and thus acquires a new dimension. The main headquarters remain in Girona.
We improve meat tenderization for obtaining higher yield in cooked products
METALQUIMIA develops and patents dual-head meat tenderization equipment with the FILOGRIND TWIN, especially useful in the manufacture of products destined for slicing, providing increased yield, especially in Cook-in processes.
We enter the world of cured meat products with a breakthrough innovation: the QDS system
METALQUIMIA patents its QDS technology for the accelerated curing of sliced meat products, the result of many years of research and experimentation, and thus broadens its range of products to include sliced sausage, salami and chorizo.
Our national and international expansion leads us to once again expand our facilities
METALQUIMIA inaugurates four new production facilities in the Palol de Revardit Industrial Park, in order to meet the growing demand for its industrial equipment, destined for meat processors around the world.
We inaugurate in Girona our new Pilot Plant for cooked meat products, in which we conduct tests for the development of all kinds of new products
METALQUIMIA modernizes its Pilot Plant for Cooked Products and equips it with the most modern technologies for the development of new products and the conducting of tests with customers and partners, thus completing the services available at its main head
We lead a profound change in the production of cured products, with the development of the first large-scale automatic QDS Process production plants for sliced cured meat products
METALQUIMIA patents the automatic QDS Process lines for drying and maturing sliced products, with a drastic reduction in processing time, reduced from weeks to hours, with the great advantages that this implies for manufacturers.
We make advances in massaging technology, with the development of the Accelerated Intensive Massage process
METALQUIMIA patents the TURBOMEAT® massage technology, ideal in short-term processes with reduced maturation times, intended for the manufacture of medium, high, and very high-yield cooked products, with a great increase in productivity.
We inaugurate a new Pilot Center for the development of dried products with QDS Process technology
METALQUIMIA inaugurates a QDS Process Research and Technology Pilot Center in Girona, the result of the great success this technology has in the meat sector with a constant flow of customers interested in incorporating the QDS Process into their industria
We are committed to our social environment and therefore create the Metalquimia Foundation
METALQUIMIA creates the METALQUIMIA FOUNDATION to encourage, promote, foster, sponsor and carry out actions that promote creativity and innovation in different areas of our society: social, cultural, business, educational, scientific ...
We are constantly evolving, and so make new changes to our corporate governing bodies
METALQUIMIA names Llorenç Freixanet as new General Manager. The founder Narcís Lagares holds the position of Honorary President, his son Josep becomes Executive President, and Narcís Jr. the Operations and Production Manager.
There is no challenge too great for us in the field of injection: we invent a triple-head injector
METALQUIMIA patents the first injector with 3 heads, the MOVISTICK TRIPLEX, for bone-in or boneless meat products. The most powerful injection system on the market, spectacular brine distribution and color uniformity. Feed up to 120 mm.
We love meat chips and snacks, and for this reason we entered fully into their industrial manufacture with QDSnacks technology
METALQUIMIA patents QDSnacks technology, an evolution of QDS Process technology, which allows the design and manufacture of all types of protein-based snacks, without limitation of formats. Tasty and healthy foods, low in carbohydrates.
We implement connectivity and 4.0 industrial technology in all our equipment
METALQUIMIA offers its customers the totality of its processing lines equipped with interconnectivity 4.0., automation, and real time data provision, with the consequent agility in monitoring processes and cost reduction.
We have exhibited at IFFA for 36 years ... and will do so for many more!
METALQUIMIA attends the IFFA Fair in Frankfurt once again, and presents its innovations in cutting-edge machinery and technology, together with the 5th Edition of the Book of Technological Articles, an authentic compendium of industrial meat processing.
Leadership in meat processing technologies
What do we stand for?
Metalquimia’s success is based on a strategy of creativation (creativity + innovation), product differentiation and quality improvement, shared by and open to all company personnel and collaborators.
Culture of value
The defining factor of Metalquimia’s identity lies in getting all its members to participate in the same restless and innovative spirit, capable of crystallizing in a culture of value, effectiveness, efficiency, quality and service.
The Foundation fosters, promotes, encourages, sponsors and performs actions that stimulate creativity and innovation in the different areas of our society, whether business, social, cultural, scientific-technological or educational.Metalquimia Foundation Website
METALQUIMIA RECEIVES THE 2019 RED-DOT AWARD FOR BEST INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Llorenç Freixanet, General Manager of Metalquimia, and Narcís Lagares Jr., Operations Manager, received the award in Essen (Germany)
AIJEC Award for Business Trajectory
Josep Lagares received the Business Trajectory Award granted by the Independent Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Catalonia AIJEC, in a ceremony held at the Camp Nou on June 11, 2013 and chaired by the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas.
Mercè Sala Award
On May 11, 2010, the Human Factor Foundation named Metalquimia winner of the "Mercè Sala Award" which this Foundation awards annually to Companies that have distinguished themselves in promoting people as a Key Factor for the future of society.
Prince Felipe Award for business competitiveness
The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain granted METALQUIMIA the prestigious PRINCE FELIPE AWARD FOR BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS", for its international expansion and its innovative competitiveness strategy.
The "Dossier Economic", the most prestigious economic weekly in Catalonia, has recently granted METALQUIMIA an Award for its international expansion and for its global business strategy.
Francesc Macià Medal
Narcís Lagares, President of METALQUIMIA, has received recognition for his personal career, with the granting of the FRANCESC MACIÀ medal, a distinction for excellence in working toward and contributing to growth of the Catalan economy.
Bufí i Planas Award
In November 2005, METALQUIMIA received the BUFÍ I PLANAS Award, an award that distinguishes those companies and individuals who have stood out for their efforts in promoting the human value of work, integrated into a common socio-business objective.
Multisectorial Association of Exporters (AMEC)
The Multisectorial Association of Exporters (AMEC) once again granted recognition to METALQUIMIA, in December 2004, for its contribution to the Internationalization of Spanish companies.
Private Initiative Support Award
The prestigious institution 'Obra del Ballet Popular' recognized METALQUIMIA and its President by granting them the "Private Initiative Support Award" for their continuous collaboration in the expansion and international promotion of our musical culture.
The Professional Association of Musicians honored METALQUIMIA, in April 2004, with the granting of the prestigious "MUSICAT" award for its continuous contribution in favor of the international dissemination and promotion of Catalan music and culture.
Union of Sardana Groups of Catalonia
As an Homage to the special contribution to and dissemination of Catalan culture, the Union of Sardana Groups of Catalonia paid tribute to METALQUIMIA for its continued collaboration and cooperation in the international promulgation of our culture.
Catalan Entrepreneur of the Year 2003
In November 2003, METALQUIMIA and its President, Mr. Narcís Lagares, were again recognized for their work in promoting an entrepreneurial, creative and innovative spirit, being granted the "Catalan Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 ( innovation section)".
Technology Innovation Award
In 2001, METALQUIMIA was once again recognized for its great creative and innovative contribution, becoming the first Catalan company to receive for the second time the "Technology Innovation Award" granted by the Government of Catalonia.
AMEC Silver Medal
In 1999, the Multisectorial Business Association (AMEC) awarded METALQUIMIA and its General Manager, Mr. Josep Lagares, the "AMEC Silver Medal" in virtue of the merits achieved for their work in favor of Spanish exports.
Award for the best Business Initiatives
Also in 1995, METALQUIMIA received another important award, namely the "Award for the best Business Initiatives" granted by the newspaper El Periódico de Catalunya.
Export Dynamism Award
In 1995, the Girona Chamber of Commerce once again granted METALQUIMIA the "Export Dynamism Award".
Golden Sickle Award
The Slovak Republic’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food granted METALQUIMIA the "GOLDEN SICKLE" Award for the best machine exhibited during the AGROKOMPLEX 94 trade fair, held in the Slovak city of Nitra in August 1994.
Award for the "Internationalization of the Catalan Economy"
Not a year had passed when the Government of Catalonia once again recognized METALQUIMIA’s work in favor of the productive economy by granting us, in July 1994, one of the awards for the "Internationalization of the Catalan Economy".
METALQUIMIA has also received recognition for its research work with the "Technology Award" which honors companies that have made significant contributions to the application of technological innovation to industrial processes or products.
Export Award for opening up markets
Specifically in 1989, METALQUIMIA received recognition from the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Girona (Spain), with the granting of the "Export Award for its opening up of markets".
Also in 1989, the Multisectorial Association of Exporters (AMEC) granted METALQUIMIA the " Exportation Forger" award in recognition of its efforts to promote Spanish exports.