PRODEMAProdema is a modern company, with a high degree of automation in its processes, a large productive capacity and proud to have a large staff that, together with its network of representatives and distributors, is present in more than 40 countries, helping the most prestigious architects to realize their most innovative and award-winning buildings on five continents.
Our company was founded in 1903 in San Sebastian as an industrial carpentry under the name of Echevarria and Eléicegui, S.R.C. Specialized in the manufacture of wood and ironwork, it experienced a progressive expansion that took it over the years to move its facilities to the city of Legorreta, where it remains nowadays. More than 50 years after its birth the name was changed to Prodema at a time when its activity focused on the production of pieces for the iron and electrical industries. A decade later, the company incorporated among its clients the land, rail and naval transport sector.
What has differentiated Prodema from other similar companies has been the research and development in the manufacture of materials made with natural wood. In this way, we have been able to offer our customers a high quality product, adapted to their needs and with mechanical, water-resistant and fire-retardant characteristics superior to those of untreated wood. Over time we specialized in cryogenization pipe supports, bearings for high rolling trains and special panels for buses and trains floors.
At the end of the 80s, Alejandro de la Sota, one of the best Spanish architects of the 20th century, met Prodema's production of natural wood panels and decided to place an order for the facades of the buildings he was designing: Correos in Leon and the Palace of Justice in Saragossa. Those first facades covered by Prodema caused a very good impression, and made other architects begin to imitate de la Sota.
In 1992 the World Exhibition (Expo'92) took place in Seville in an area that had 111 pavilions. One of them, the one that represented Castilla-La Mancha, was commissioned to the architecture studio of Manuel de las Casas -an excellent alumnus of Alejandro de la Sota- who designed a pavilion in the form of a prism completely coated by panels of treated natural wood. Prodema produced the 1,500 square meters of panels of that building.
The pavilion was one of the most praised by critics and received the Architecture Innovation Award in 1992. The success did not go unnoticed by many architects, who decided to bet on the wood design for the facades of their creations with Prodema as a supplier. The experience of the Expo'92 was a before and an after to Prodema, to the point that it was decided to give a turn in the business of the company betting exclusively on the world of architecture.
Now, when it has been 25 years of such a decisive change, Prodema is a modern company, with a high degree of automation in its processes, a large productive capacity and proud to have a large staff that, together with its network of representatives and distributors, is present in more than 40 countries, helping the most prestigious architects to realize their most innovative and award-winning buildings on five continents.
Photo: Arquitectos Zubiria