109 years trading and manufacturing of hand tools

Targeted to wholesale and hardware shops, industrial supply shops, etc. following the guides of wide product catalogue, professional quality, right prices, high-quality delivery and customer close policy.

Wide range of products for industrial, mechanical, automobile and construction markets. Experience in design, manufacture and trade of all types of tools. Experience in forging and finishing of metal pieces. More than 50 years export worldwide. Transmission of experience between generations.

Quality

Towards Excellence

Quality control of products. Following of DIN quality norms. ISO processes following. Oriented to minimum levels of defectivity. Following of customer satisfaction goals and continuous improvement.

Mission

The knowledge and organization…

of the needs of a mixed group of customers in the hardware market, with quality products, right price and quality delivery terms, aiming to get a profit for the involved people and the satisfaction of the client, among an innovative and process and efficiency improving environment.

Values

01

Focus on customer

02

Honesty

03

Competitiveness

04

People concern

History

  • 1905

    The first written orders and customer messages are dated at the beginning of the 20th century.

  • 1911

    Bill of incorporation of “E. UNZUETA Y COMPA—ÕA” company, seed of ALYCO TOOLS in favour of Mr. Esteban Unzueta Echaniz and D. Teodoro Alcorta Arostegui. The total amount of the shares at the incorporation time was 4.000 pesetas (about Ä24). The aim of the company was the MANUFACTURING OF BARRELS FOR SHOTGUNS and other related manufactures. Probably in order to supply these barrels to Pedro Alcorta company. The premises were located in Elgoibar.

  • 1920

    Around 1920, some changes occurred and the company name was “ALCORTA Y CIA” and the products manufactured were shotguns, cutlery and electric appliances. In the following years, shotguns manufacture finished, and the main products were hand tools, cutlery and cutting tools. One of the processes of manufacturing more developed was forging.

  • 1961

    The company name changes to “ALCORTA, UNZUETA Y CIA”. At that moment, the premises were located in the city centre of Elgoibar, located in different workshops. One of the main products was the machete, big cutting knife for sugar cane harvest, that was exported to Africa and South America in very biq amounts.

  • 1974

    The forging facilities noise inside the town, the lack of space and some floods caused by a nearby river, made necessary the building of a new plant in other location out of the city centre, in the district of San Lorenzo Azkue, where the forging plant was moved into at the first moment. The tools manufacture came later to those locations.

  • 1990

    The main products are pliers, pincers, wrenches, drills, chisels and auger bits. In some years there was a marketing agreement with Unior for other tools. The forging activity is changing to automotive market.

  • 1997

    The tool manufacture and forging activities get apart, incorporating two different companies, “ALYCO TOOLS S.A.” y “ALCORTA BROCKHAUS, S.A.”, both of them located at different workshop in the same industrial area of San Lorenzo. An agreement for some years is signed with Tengtools of Sweden for the marketing of tools.

  • 2003

    ALYCO TOOLS, S.A. takes another direction, making its main business the marketing of tools of quality under the ALYCO brand policy, increasing the catalogue. The manufacturing in ALYCO is focused on special wrenches.

  • 2007

    Investment in automatic storage systems to improve the service, after a significant increase in sales of picking orders.

  • 2020

    Transfer to new, much more spacious and modern facilities, in the new location of Itziar-Deba. Incorporation of ULMA’s automatic storage equipment that, together with the existing vertical warehouse system, allows an exponential increase in stock capacity and a considerable improvement in service.