Italian engineering company and Electrify Europe exhibitor BBV Holding is marking a milestone this year.

The group’s expansion joint arm BBV-Alflex Evolution is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Alflex was the first textile expansion joints manufacturer in Italy and has been equipping power plants in the country since the 1970s.

In that time the production range has evolved to rubber expansion joints, pipe rolls, PTFE slide bearings, couplings and rubber vibration dampers, hoses, spring hangers.

The company was acquired by BBV Tech in 2015 and BBV’s expansion continued a year later when it incorporated Italian metallic expansion joints manufacturer Steelflex.

BBV Industrial Group now equips power plants all over the world, as well as refineries, pharmaceutical and steel plants, paper mills, cement factories and waste water treatment plants.

Last year, BBV Group unveiled a new strategic vision to be “the industrial process flow specialist”. This strategy is based on ‘three pillars’: excellence in manufacturing; end-to end-solutions, and service.

BBV Tech chairman Mauro Andreoni says “the challenge is huge but the change is necessary to better support our customers and to build a sustainable growth”.

“We aim to be a global leader in designing, innovating and providing quality elements and devices to aid fluid treatment plants and systems with reliability and environmental sustainability,” he adds.

Andreoni says developing a global footprint is key to this strategy. While the company maintains its long-established presence in Italian markets, he explains that “it’s important to have geographical diversification and not just a national market”.

Regions that the company is targeting include Russia – “it’s a huge market” – and other regions in Eastern Europe, plus North Africa.
He explains that BBV’s two manufacturing companies have achieved their best results in terms of new orders in the last five years, with double-digit growth year-on-year.

A major contract coup for Steelflex was a deal for engineering services and construction of components for the Cerro Pavellòn power plant, the first geothermal plant in Latin America.

The 48 MW plant is operated by Geotérmica del Norte, a joint venture between Italy’s Enel Green Power and Chilean National oil company ENAP. It is located 4600 metres above sea level in the Atacama Desert and once fully operational it will be able to produce about 340 GWh a year, enough to meet the energy needs of more than 165,000 Chilean households.

BBV is exhibiting at Electrify Europe in Vienna in June. Meet the company’s team at booth A-K25.