Sapa Placencia

The forefront of technology and innovation.

Defence of technology

For centuries, SAPA Placencia’s activity has been linked to the defense sector and dedicated to serving Armies worldwide. This relationship has influenced us as a company and helped us to be better, commit ourselves with our clients and always try to exceed their expectations. This is our goal in everything we do.

The success of our transmission technology and its application in various defense programs has allowed us to access the international market and become one of its main players. The products developed by us are used successfully in numerous countries on three continents.

We offer maximum performance solutions within the scope of mobility, power generation and defense based on our technology and with the constant commitment to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Knowledge is the drive of evolution


From the ability to produce to the ability to innovate.
An evolution motivated by the constant search for continuous improvement.




Creation of the Royal Portable Firearms Factories of the town of Placencia, whose operation was extended until 1865 based on guild workshops.


The Euskalduna factory was established in Soraluce-Placencia, starting to produce weapons for the Spanish and French armies.


Establishment of the Placencia de las Armas Company Limited.


Sociedad Anonima de Placencia de las Armas is created with the acquisition of the facilities located in Placencia and the subsequent construction of a new factory in Andoain.


Start of the production of home developed weapons like the Infantry Rapid Gun 75/13 and the Anti Tank Gun 60/45, as well as the manufacture under licence of the Bofors towed anti-aircraft gun 40/L70.


SAPA begins its journey in the field of combat vehicles with its participation in the Spanish program AMX30, mainly in the systems related to vehicle mobility.


SAPA starts an ambitious modernization plan culminating in an alliance with Oerlikon, today Rheinmetall Air Defence, for the improvement of Spanish anti-aircraft systems


SAPA takes part in the Spanish Leopard program with the production of transmission systems, brakes, final drives and tracks for that vehicle. It then designs and develops the first Auxiliary Power Unit for the vehicle.


SAPA creates Placencia R&D, a research and development center whose mission is to design, develop, integrate and maintain the most appropriate technological solutions to improve the performance and effectiveness of the mobility of heavy vehicles.