Current "Corporación Patricio Echeverría" is the result of a century of work, innovation, adaptation and internationalization started by Patricio Echeverría Elorza grown in the culture of steel during the industrial revolution.
Born in July 9, 1882 from a humble family in the town of Legazpi (Spain), Patricio stood out at 15 years of age as an applied and adventurous youth that learnt quickly and well the forgery works. When he was 18, he moved to Mondragon to work in the Vergarajauregui, Resusta and Company Workshops while he also visited other installations to broaden his knowledge about the manufacturing of steel.In 1904 he decided to establish himself in Legazpi under the name of Taller de Herreria Patricio Echeverria. Receiving small orders, like the balcony for the town hall and other buildings in Legazpi allowed him to continue with the business and, fruit of his dedication, in 1906 he registered first patent in Madrid for the manufacturing of a sheet steel rake and a hoe.
Patricio Echeverria faced the challenge that many young entrepreneurs face when they have an idea: obtaining financing. The small workshop required an investment to become a factory and to install the necessary technology in order to produce patented rakes and hoes. At the early age of 26, firmly convinced of the promising future in the manufacture of farm machinery, Patricio creates Segura, Echeverría y Cía, convincing the businessman Pedro R. Segura and another two partners, Romualdo Echeverria Orueta and Prudencio Guereta Irazabal. With 12 employees, he mainly manufactured hand-tools and carried out forging and repair works for other neighbouring companies. Nevertheless, from the start he assumed that he could produce sufficient so he could attend to and stimulate the markets far from Urola and, therefore, he very soon specialised the production developing different models of tools according to the different needs of each region in the peninsula. That way his expansion started.
He studied the markets and travelled searching for the best technologies and competitive advantages to maximise the excellence of the product and client service.
Entrepreneur and with an advanced character, Patricio Echeverria understood very well the importance of creating a brand, and of the constant work needed to maintain it. That is the only explanation that the Bellota trademark continues being a referential trademark of the market.
Nowadays the Coporation Patricio Echeverria is undergoing a transformation process for growth through a culture open to change and the needs of the client.
PATRICIO ECEHVERRIA S.A. Foundation
Still located in its original place, the Corporacion Patricio Echeverria is well linked with the Legazpi valley and with the ironwork that has always been practiced in the foundries of the "Iron Valley".
Patricio Ecehverria restored the water ‘ferraria’ of Mirandaola and assumed a solid responsibility with Legazpi and with the persons that helped him with his work and his capital in the creation of the company.
Steel is still the key of his business and the responsibility with persons and quality, and the innovation are basic pillars of the group.
Patricio Echeverria decided the name of the brand. Bellota is a tribute to the forests in Guipuzcoa, where there are abundant oak trees and their wood is used for obtaining vegetable carbon in the Foundry.
Famous for its hard and resistant wood, the oak and its fruit (la bellota [the acorn]), symbolises quality, hardness, and resistance of the tools of the brand
Beginning of steel production
In 1931, he opened a manufacturing plant for carbon steel and steel alloys, using an electric furnace which was later expanded and modernized according to the growing needs of demand.Thus, "BELLOTA steels" had a renowned reputation and had been used in the manufacture of our agricultural tools and spare parts relying on the best metallurgical characteristics.
Forge activity for automotive begins
Tool manufacturing was supplemented with the forging of industrial pieces,becoming one of the most important providers in the automotive industry, on both the national and European level, and in many other sectors.
Development of this activity was reflected in the continuous technological modernization, from the installation of the first forging hammers, presses and high-speed induction furnaces to the latest techniques in semi-warm forging and cold extrusion.
Beginning of production in Venezuela
The first productive investment was in Cagua (Venezuela) in 1978 with the introduction of a plant for the manufacture of hoes, pots, hammers, pickaxes and adzes..
They sought to exploit the potential of the Venezuelan agricultural tool market and of construction to serve as a basis of tool supply to Andean countries and Central America, while saving the unstable exchange rates.
Beginning of production in Colombia
A second productive investment took place in Caldas (Colombia) in 1987. Although machetes were not part of the Bellota catalog, the brand guessed right in noting the possibilities offered by internationalization offered by a local machete producer who was very interested in manufacturing technology for sharpening files in addition to their products.
With the implementation in Colombia, Bellota managed to not only introduce their products into the Colombian market, but also to take advantage of the synergies in distribution that ensured the local partner a place as the second largest producer of machetes in the American market.
Strategic restructuring and concentration on the business of agricultural tools and pieces as a result of the transfer of Basque Steel Group’s (GSB) assets of steel and forges.
On April 14th, 1992 Corporación Patricio Echeverría in Legazpi, was replaced with the creation of three different business units to design specific strategies in each sector:
A year later in 1993, special steel production and tooling passed over to the Basque Steel Group (GSB) until its sale in 1999.
Beginning of production in Mexico
The first stage of internationalization of production ended with the implementation in Veracruz (Mexico). Despite having a strong commercial presence in the country, Patricio Echeverria opted to install what would be his factory for producing files in international markets, including the Spanish market. Under pressure from European competition in files that moved their production in search of competitive advantages in manufacturing costs, Bellota settled in Mexico thanks to strong Mexican economic and population growth, and along with it in 1992, the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States, allowed Bellota to enter into the North American Market.
Acquisition of SOLBJERG (Denmark)
In 1994, the Danish company Solbjerg, manufacturer of agricultural products, was acquired with the goal of making Bellota the first European company in its sector, taking into account that it already dominated the market in southern Europe.
Acquisition of VIAT (Brazil)
The corporation acquires the companies Viat Ferramentas (1998) and Aço Tupy (2000).
The brands the both companies produced Viat, Tupy, Jacaré and Duas Caras, all well known in the Brazilian market and in Latin America, would be included under a new company called dedicated to the manufacture of agricultural products and construction.
Acquisition of MULLER OUTILS (France)
In 1999, Bellota acquired construction tool manufacturer Muller-Outils in France, with the aim of developing the markets of Central and Northern Europe.
Acquisition of CORONA (USA).
CORONA CLIPPER was founded in the late 40’s, with its headquarters in Corona (California), 60 miles from Los Angeles, where it has a 40,000 square meter production plant, of which 7,000 square meters are for industrial facilities. It is the leader in professional pruning in the US.
Sale of MULLER OUTILS
Moving CORONA’s production to Mexico.
We entered into the small, select group of companies whose exemplary career, consistency and craftsmanship have earned us the loyalty of the market and respect of users and professionals.New Strategic Plan.
Strengthening our position in BAS, creating new plants new plants in the US (Illinois) and in India (Nashik)..
Acquisition of ROZALMA and creation of amanufacturing line of simple disks in Bellota Brazil.