Aldakin wins ‘Machine Tools Innovation Award’ over German giant Trumpf


The Navarrese company, based in Alsasua, was recognised by the European Association of Manufacturing Technologies (Cecimo) for its “exceptional” project “Elimination of human exposure to potentially carcinogenic dust and increase in robot performance in the machining of composite parts”. This is not the only milestone achieved by a company with branches in Aizoáin, Vitoria-Gazteiz and Andoáin (Gipuzkoa), as it expects to close this year with a turnover of 15.5 million euros, two more than in the previous year.

Aldakin’s Innovation Director, Ibai Inziarte, was in charge of collecting the first prize of the awards that were held for the first time. Specifically, the Navarrese firm beat the two finalists who accompanied it on the honour roll: the German company Trumpf, the largest machine tool manufacturer in the world; and its compatriot, the Fraunhofer Institute. In addition, at the award ceremony, held in Brussels, the delegation from Navarre was accompanied by the Director General of External Action of the Government of Navarre, Sergio Pérez.

The Cecimo MTI Awards are, according to the organisation, “an important step forward for the industry and lay the groundwork for recognising pioneering contributions within the machine tool sector”. In that sense, “European industry is at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing, and the Commission is committed to supporting the adoption of clean technologies and advanced manufacturing solutions. This Cecimo forum is a great opportunity to see European innovators at work,” remarked Kerstin Jorna, Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission, at the ceremony.

Aldakin is a company specialising in areas such as industrial maintenance, electrical installations, electrical cabinet manufacturing and engineering. At the end of 2022, it was made up of more than 200 people, but it plans to end 2023 with more than 220. i.e. 10% more.