When we succeeded in cultivating our first crops thousands of years ago, a new problem arose… how to store these cereals? In 2022, Prado Silos celebrates its 70th anniversary and maintains one of the longest traditions in the world, an industry characterised by technology and high specialisation, where every silo is unique.
With its own production lines, a guaranteed supply of top quality steel and state-of-the-art silo production processes, Prado Silos is now operating all over the world with thousands of projects, backed by an extensive know-how that will help this Spanish company’s reputation to keep on growing for decades to come.
When people managed to grow their first crops thousands of years ago, another need emerged: how to store grain until the next harvest? The ability to build silos to preserve grain for long periods of time undoubtedly spurred the development of civilisation as we know it, as people stopped worrying about getting their next meal, having time to develop new ideas.
In 2022, Prado Silos represents the latest stage in this great adventure that has been going on for millennia.
This year, the renowned silo manufacturer based in Trápaga (Biscay, Spain) celebrates its 70th anniversary in style, with flourishing productive and innovative development as well as promising commercial deployment. These trends are underpinned by excellent turnover figures, exceeding 10 million euros, and with presence in more than 120 countries.
With in-house production lines equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, process automation and a huge experience in the field, Prado Silos is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of grain silos, primarily due to its capacity to control the entire production process, from the supply of raw materials to the delivery of the finished silo with all its accessories and ready to use.
Flat bottom silos, biomass silos, mass flow silos, hopper bottom silos, loading hopper silos… Along with the manufacture of the silo itself, the 7,000 m² productive plant of Prado Silos, located in an industrial area near the port of Bilbao (Biscay, Spain), also handles the manufacture of all the auxiliary elements and accessories for each silo, depending on the requirements of each client, location and stored product, such as access doors, stairs and platforms, structures, additional systems, ventilation…
Furthermore, in a scenario marked by long-term economic uncertainty and disruptions in global supply chains, one of the main competitive advantages of Prado Silos is its ability to offer very short manufacturing lead times, with over 4,000 tonnes of steel in continuous stock, supplied by top-quality European manufacturers and with full confidence guarantees.
In 1952, the family company Prado Hermanos S.A. decided to explore the manufacture of grain storage silos by acquiring a licence from the Butler manufacturer (one of the largest steel silo constructors in the USA) for the production of silos in Europe. It was a natural choice, since agriculture and livestock farming still represented the main activity for a large part of the rural areas, while the vicinity of the Bilbao port and its powerful industrial environment provided an excellent opportunity for development and an open window to the outside world.
However, it would have been hard for the first workers at Prado Silos 70 years ago to imagine that, in 2022, silos of all sizes and for a wide range of industries manufactured by the same company would be exported to all five continents, participating in some of the world’s most emblematic projects in this area.
From South America to the Middle East, from Asia to Europe, Prado Silos has completed more than 15,000 projects in more than 120 countries around the world over its 70-year history. Each silo, each project, each client and each country are unique. Therefore, the ability to successfully meet and understand the needs of collaborators, clients, public authorities and external professionals are key to the successful implementation of projects involving hundreds of people around the world.
This know-how, focused on constant communication with clients, wherever they may be, has undoubtedly guided the course of Prado Silos during its 70 years of history. Quality, innovation and vocation, together with the experience acquired over these seven decades, are now the cornerstones leading this forward-looking project. The company will certainly continue to grow around the world, striving to remain a benchmark in the industry for decades to come, in order to offer the most suitable customised solution for each project.