A national reference in manufacturing shock absorbers
VAUSTE has been linked to the automotive sector for more than 50 years.
Our historical trajectory begins with the foundation of Bulnes Shock absorbers, in 1965. The company was created by the Gijoneses Echevarría and the Medio brothers.
Just a year later, we obtained the patents from the English company Armstrong Patent to manufacture shock absorbers, which had a great implantation among the original manufacturers in the United Kingdom. Thus, we began to supply for AUTHI (Automóviles de Turismo Hispano Ingleses, S.A.), which manufactured in Pamplona.
In the 70's, an agreement was reached with Ford to produce parts for the Fiesta model. The continuous success achieved and the significant increase in production, led to the interest of the multinational Armstrong in the company, until acquiring, in 1976, ownership of the Gijon factory, which began to operate under the Armstrong trademark. Working with Ford was a leap, not only quantitative but also qualitative, due to the high standards of production quality demanded by the brand.
The eighties brought with it a consolidation of the companies manufacturing components for the automotive sector. This was how, in 1989, Monroe (Tenneco) arrived in Gijón. Armstrong was absorbed by the American multinational Tenneco. In 2006, Monroe became Tenneco Automotive Ibérica, S.A. Since then, our firm has remained linked to the manufacturing of Monroe shock absorbers in Gijón.
In 2016, Quantum Capital Partners AG acquired the company and was renamed VAUSTE Spain S.L.U., with a new business project focused on diversifying products and manufacturing automotive components with high added value.
During this year, first contacts were made between two local companies to found the company called Bulnes.
Construction of the first warehouse with an area of 7,671 m2
Obtained Armstrong patents for the manufacture of shock absorbers. Production of shock absorbers began with a volume varying between 500 and 1,500 units per day begins.
AUTHI (Automóviles de Turismo Hispano Ingleses, S.A.) is the main customer.
First appearance in the Samples Fair in Asturias (X Edition).
Technical support for Graham Hill at the F1 Spanish Grand Prix (Jarama).
The English firm ARMSTRONG buys the company.
With the commissioning of the FORD plant in Valencia we began to manufacture original shock absorbers for this factory.
Purchased the adjoining warehouse, necessary for expansion, to a total area of 10,500 m².
Recognition of ExportAstur, awarding the plant the "Asturcón de Oro".
The workforce reaches 300 workers.
Monroe (Tenneco) buys the plant from Armstrong.
Ford gives the plant the Q1 (Preferred Quality Award) badge.
ISO 9001 Certified
Quality Award "Principado de Asturias"
Finalist at the Prince Felipe Business Excellence Awards.
The "Plomada de Plata" prize modernizing the facade.
Obtained ISO / TS 16949 certification.
Volkswagen VDA certification.
ISO 14001 certified.
Award for Quality and Service. Recambio Libre.
A special mention in the national Q-Innovauto prizes for our integral finished product management system by means of a scanner.
2nd National Q-Innovauto Prize for the robotized pressure cylinder washing system and the integration of POKA YOKE dimensional on the assembly line. Monroe becomes Tenneco Automotive Ibérica, S.A.
1st Q-Innovauto National Award for the development of the automated assembly of the piston damper valve with 100% inspection.
Tenneco Health and Safety Certificate of Merit.
Quantum Capital Partners AG takes over the company and the company is renamed VAUSTE Spain S.L.U.