Laulagun was founded in 1973, starting out as a machining company for large components. However, it quickly began to manufacture large diameter special bearings and slewing rings to supply the market for cranes and lifting equipment systems. Later on, in the mid 1990s, Laulagun Bearings took its first steps into an emerging industry: wind energy. This new change in the company’s direction was to be fundamental in its consolidation and subsequent growth in the international market.
Over the years, bearing manufacture took on a gradually greater importance until finally becoming the company’s sole business activity. Thus established in the special large bearings business, it changed its trade name to Laulagun Bearings.
Committed to innovation
At the start of the 1990s, Laulagun Bearings formed a strong partnership with a technology centre highly recognized for product design and innovation. It has maintained and continues to maintain this relationship through a collaboration and exclusivity agreement.
Laulagun Bearings is currently developing solutions and investing in R&D focused on renewable energies and offshore wind energy.
Through all this activity, Laulagun Bearings has manufactured to date over 20,000 blade and yaw bearings and slewing rings for the wind power industry and over 50,000 slewing rings for use in industrial equipment, 40,000 of these for the crane and lifting machinery sector.
Laulagun Bearings has a presence in the most competitive and demanding markets worldwide, exporting about 80% of its production.
A brief timeline
- 1973. Talleres Lau-Lagun, S.A. is founded.
- 1977. Bearing production starts under the brand name LAULAGUN.
- 1990. European exports commence.
- 1992. Move to the new 2,500 m2 plant OLABERRIA.
- 1993. Start of collaborative partnership with technology centre IKERLAN.
- 1997. Start of supply to the wind energy sector.
- 1997. ISO 9001 certification obtained.
- 1998. Extension of the OLABERRIA plant to 3,500m2.
- 2000. Extension of range to 2,500 mm external diameter. Blade Root: 1,800-2,000 mm (1.5-2.2 MW)
- 2002. First 800 KW wind energy prototype.
- 2003. Start of exports to the Asian wind energy industry.
- 2004. Start up of the Laulagun metallographic laboratory.
- 2004. First 1.5MW wind energy prototype.
- 2004. Extension of the OLABERRIA plant to 5,300 m2.
- 2006. New 1,200 m2 plant IDIAZABAL.
- 2007. Extension of the IDIAZABAL plant to 2,400 m2.
- 2008. Extension of range to 3,200 mm external diameter. Blade root: 2,300- 2,500mm (2.5-3.6 MW)
- 2008. First 2MW wind energy prototype.
- 2009. Collaborative framework agreement with IKERLAN.
- 2009. Extension of the IDIAZABAL plant to 5,400 m2.
- 2010. Second production line established up to 3,200 mm external diameter.
- 2010. ISO 14001 certification obtained.
- 2010. First trial for bearing with hydraulic pitch.
- 2010. First 3MW wind energy prototype.
- 2011. Creation of Test Centre. Validation and testing area.
- 2011. Construction of 5,000 m2 new production plant to manufacture 2.5 - 3.6 Megawatt blade and yaw bearings.
- 2012. ISO 14001 certification obtained.
- 2013. Extension of range to 3,750 mm external diameter. Blade root 3,200 mm (5/6 MW)
- 2014. Extension of range to 5,000 mm external diameter. Blade root 4,000-4,600 mm (<10MW)