With more than 50 years of know-how, TECNATOM has made quality one of the basic principles of its activity, competing with experience and contributing with innovative solutions to the global nuclear challenge.
TECNATOM was set up in 1957 as a Spanish engineering company specialising in guaranteeing the operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants to the highest levels of safety. The company's main activities centre on the rendering of component inspection and structural integrity services, the training of operations personnel on full scope simulators and plant operating assistance engineering. Today, it is a business group with subsidiaries in Brazil, China and France that carries out activities in several sectors, including energy, petrochemical, railways and aerospace.
In addition to its centres in Spain, as part of its technology and market diversification strategy, in 2004 the company acquired the French non-destructive testing company Metalscan. It also undertook the leadership of a new French company M2M, created jointly with the companies Metalscan, Euraltech and CEA Valorisation (the French Atomic Energy Commissariat) for the development and delivery of ultrasonic phase-array inspection systems.
Concerning the Asian markets, in 2007, TECNATOM set up the company CITEC with the Chinese China Guandong Nuclear Power Company Research Institute (CNPRI), for the rendering of inspection services in the growing Chinese market. In addition, in 2011, TECNATOM established a representative office in Beijing to boost activities in the region.
In 2012, TECNATOM undertook the leadership of Performance Engenharia e Consultoria, based in Rio de Janeiro, thereby positioning itself in the Brazilian and South American markets.
The company supplies services and products with a high technological content, frequently designed and developed in-house, adapted at all times to the needs and requirements of the different clients and markets, possessing state-of-the-art mechanical, electronic and data-processing design resources and programmes. A brief description of the services and products portfolio is summarised as follows.
TECNATOM carries out projects in over 30 countries around the world, and its methodology and equipment have been validated by clients and regulatory authorities at an international level.
Currently, the company participates in the design and supply of advanced control rooms and full-scope simulators for 15 nuclear power plants in Argentina, Brazil, China and Taiwan, consolidating its presence as an international reference for the realisation of digital control room design and construction projects.
Also noteworthy is the company's keen interest in future developments, embodied in its participation in advanced nuclear power plant projects, passive AP600 and SBWR designs, as well as the construction
of new plants worldwide: AP1000, ESBWR, ABWR, KPWR, PHWR, etc.
TECNATOM is also actively involved in fusion and research reactors, such as the ITER international fusion project in France, the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility in Japan and the Jules Horowitz research reactor in France.
In the aeronautics sector, TECNATOM designs and supplies technology and equipment based on ultrasonic techniques for the inspection of composite materials worldwide, in countries as Brazil, China, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the US. Its equipment is being used for the inspection of aircraft components by the major aeronautics companies, including Airbus, EADS, Boeing, Bombardier, UAC and COMAC.
TECNATOM has provided advanced and sophisticated technology for nuclear energy over five decades. Its role within international nuclear projects over this period has allowed the company to adapt its technological capacities to a very demanding environment, contributing with innovative solutions to the global nuclear and technological challenge.