Who are we?
GAIRESA is a leading spanish chemical company in the formulation and manufacture of chemical products such as epoxy resins, polyurethanes, primers, methacrylate adhesives and acrylic paints. our innovative solutions and quick response capacity make us the ideal technical support to design the chemical product that best adapts to all types of polymeric coatings, matrixes for composites and adhesive bonds: waterproofing, flooring, facades, roofing, adhesives and other chemical products of industrial interest.
Gairesa, a leader among chemical companies in Spain
Below is a chronological series of unique projects where chemical products and solutions and manufactured by GAIRESA were successfully used. It also highlights the main milestones throughout the first 40 years of the chemical company’s life.. This historical journey aims to show how a small Galician chemical manufacturing company became a major supplier of important engineering projects thanks to its firm to R&D and innovation, developing innovative chemical products that will differentiate it from its competitors, always from a scientific-technical approach that have made GAIRESA a world reference in the chemical industry sector thermosetting polymers, mainly epoxy resins.
GAIRESA was founded with a vocation for innovation, basing its business model on R&D, research and development of new and more efficient polymeric materials for application in coatings, adhesives and the composites industry.
Our first major contract: 100,000 m2 of façade waterproofing in residential buildings in Ferrol and A Coruña.
structural reinforcement and chemical protection coating of the A Toxa bridge (Pontevedra).
Epoxy paving in the fish markets of the Port of A Coruña(20,000 m2).
supply to the construction company Ferrovial of epoxy adhesives for bonding concrete segments on newly built bridges throughout Spain. Adhesives adapted to the most extreme application conditions, even under heavy rain, which allowed work to be carried out without interruption despite adverse weather conditions.
1986 – 1995
Stage in which we formulated and supplied resins for sealing cracks and waterproofing large dams in Spain and other parts of the world: Salas and San Esteban del Sil (Ourense), Arlanzón (Zamora), Rumedo (Pyrenees), Sayano (Russia), Rossamarina (Italy), Karayana (Turkey), Iran, North Carolina (USA), etc.
Port of Santander, refurbishment and chemical and environmental protection coating.
This year GAIRESA was also Olympic with the restoration and waterproofing of the Montjuic Fountain next to the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games stadium, as well as work with our epoxy systems on other fountains and squares.
For the Universal Exhibition in Seville (Expo’92), we supplied our epoxy and polyurethane systems for 300,000 m2 of exterior paving at the Isla de La Cartuja Exhibition Centre.
1992 – 2000
Epoxy flooring for rotary presses in the printing and press industry (La Voz de Galicia, El Correo Español del Pueblo Vasco, El País, El Periódico de Cataluña, La Vanguardia, El Norte de Castilla, La Nación of Buenos Aires, among others).
high-strength epoxy flooring in the automotive sector (mainly for the PSA group, Renault and Seat), which becomes one of the main driving forces of our activity to this day, producing 15,000 m2/year until 2000.
BEPOX® 889 is developed, the first epoxy resin for contact with food and drinking water certified according to European standards, which in the following years will be used in many projects (drinking water tanks for the Mancomunidad de Canales de Taibilla – Murcia, or the grain silos of the SENPA – Servicio Nacional de Productos Agrarios – in different parts of Spain such as Pancorbo, Alcázar de San Juan, Zuera, Coscubita, Teruel, etc.).
First incursions into the nautical sector, formulating and supplying epoxy resins for the construction of yachts, kayaks and fishing boats in several shipyards.
1995 – 2000
High-strength epoxy flooring in the container terminals of the Port of Valencia, Algeciras and Bilbao (turning bases for transtainer cranes and traffic and signalling lines), over more than 1,000,000 m2.
We participated in the European research project FLUORAD, which influenced the modernisation of the European composites industry, in collaboration with other leading companies and universities from all over the continent.
Galicia Prize for Business Innovation, awarded by the Xunta de Galicia in recognition of the innovative efforts made over the first 20 years of GAIRESA’s existence.
2000 – 2015
High-strength epoxy flooring in successive extensions of the container terminals at the Port of Valencia (500,000 m2).
GAIRESA’s research team published more than 50 scientific articles in high impact national and international journals.
Ignacio Ribas Marqués Prize, awarded by the Galician Association of Chemists for Innovation and Scientific-Technical Dissemination for the work: “Design of a new epoxy formulation for the manufacture of prepregs for use in the wind industry”.
we participated in the design and construction of the first bridge in Spain based on composite materials.. It was the longest of its kind in the world at the time and was built by ACCIONA in Asturias using epoxy resin from Gairesa.
Patent for the manufacture of prepregs: “Epoxy resin formulations for storable prepregs and structural adhesives of varying degrees of tackiness”.
First projects for the Madrid Metro and Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT): waterproofing and flooring in stations, interchanges…
We start waterproofing the sugar silos of Azucarera Española throughout Spain, with our BEPOX® 889 epoxy system certified for contact with foodstuffs, projects that extend over several years.
Waterproofing of more than 100,000 m2 of roofs and terraces in the Basque Country over the decade 2001-2010.
Madrid Metro, rehabilitation and waterproofing of 7 km of tunnels in a record time of 3 months.. We became a regular supplier of waterproofing solutions, coatings and adhesives for Metro de Madrid, to this day.
We developed a range of new rapid adhesives based on methyl methacrylate, with unbeatable adhesion to metals and some plastics, such as ABS, PVC or PMMA.
Metro de Quito (Ecuador), GAIRESA manufactures and supplies all the waterproofing systems for new tunnels and stations. Throughout the project, which is scheduled for completion in 2023, we increase our presence by providing solutions for structural anchors, coatings and finishes in all accesses, stations and auxiliary buildings.
2014 – 2020
We supplied epoxy and polyurethane resins for a total of 300,000 m2 of high-strength flooring at Renault’s factories in Valladolid and Palencia.
Epoxy flooring for residential car parks in San Sebastian, 50,000 m2.
We formulate new products for the composites sector, expanding our range with gelcoats, epoxy resins for infusion, repair fillers, structural adhesives and bonding bridges.
2016 – 2019
Epoxy flooring in fish markets in ports throughout Andalusia.
Galicia Chemical Business Excellence Award, awarded by the Galician Association of Chemists, in recognition of a long history of innovation in the Galician chemical industry.
Waterproofing of drinking water tanks for Canal de Isabel II in Madrid.
New epoxy systems for artistic-decorative works, such as high thickness and high transparency castings (epoxy glass) and 3D epoxy floors or with metallic effects.
Hotel Residencia ARIMA in San Sebastian, decorative resin-based flooring for the hotel interiors, waterproofing of roofs, swimming pools, etc.
Special mention for Internationalisation in the SME of the Year Awards in the province of A Coruña.
Customised development for Acciona Wind Energy of a rapid epoxy adhesive for the assembly of concrete towers on wind turbines for wind farms in Chile, with resistance to earthquakes in less than 2 hours from installation.
Paving and waterproofing of the new Vallehermoso Stadium in Madrid.
Flooring for car parks in Merlin Properties office buildings in Madrid, 20,000 m2.
Success of our NANOCLEAR and CASTCLEAR ranges as high transparency and hardness resins for the manufacture of river tables or river tables, built with wood and resin in high thicknesses.
World pioneering certification of our structural epoxy adhesives for chemical anchoring in large structures under seismic conditions.. With the collaboration of CITEEC, a laboratory associated with the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of A Coruña.
we celebrate 40 years of innovation and development of new products to improve society. We collaborate with the difficult health situation by formulating new antiseptic products effective against Covid-19.