Sidenor Investigación y Desarrollo S.A. (SIDENOR R&D) is a non-profit subsidiary company with more than 30 years of experience, which aims at being a metallurgical reference for both SIDENOR and its customers. The activity of SIDENOR R&D focuses on increasing competitiveness through improvements and innovations in quality, costs, productivity and new products developments together with our customers.
SIDENOR R&D’s task will complement the work of Sidenor Aceros Especiales S.L. (SIDENOR), carrying out process analyses and quality studies on the application of circular economy criteria to refractories at its Basauri plant. It will thus support the group’s industrial area.
SIDENOR R&D has a broad experience in European projects, especially within the framework of the RFCS programme (Research Fund for Coal and Steel). It is currently working on 15 active projects under this programme.
Due to its topic, the EIRES project (Environmental impact evaluation and effective management of resources in the EAF steelmaking; RFSR-CT-2013-00030) is one of SIDENOR R&D’s most outstanding projects and demonstrates its knowledge in the field of circular economy in the steel sector, as it aims at defining a methodology for the environmental impact assessment of steel plants working with an electric arc furnace (EAF).
David Maza, R&D – Process Manager, SIDENOR I+D, Spain
David Maza is a Metallurgical Industrial Engineer. He graduated from the University of Bilbao in 1988 and, since then, has been developing his professional activity in companies in the steel sector – from his beginnings in an iron foundry to his current company, where he has performed different duties since 1990: R&D, Strategic Planning, Technological Surveillance and Management Systems. He has 30 years of experience in special steel processes and products. From 2012 to 2016, he was directly integrated in the team of SIDENOR – Basauri steelworks, where he mainly dealt with the management of the refractories contract (CCP contract-full service) and promoted various continuous improvement initiatives and projects related to refractory waste management.
He has been carrying out his duties within the structure of the Research and Development Centre (SIDENOR R&D) since 2016 and is now leading the Process Department team.