espResponsible: BUENO Rikardo
National Contact Point:
Tel. +34 671 084 004

1 – General Information

TP Name



Contact person (coordinator)

Dr. Rikardo Bueno
Tel: +34 943 005500
Fax: +34 943 743492

2 – Coordinating institution

Fundación FATRONIK

Mikeletegi Pasealekua, 7
20009 Donostia – San Sebastian
Tel: (+34) 943 005500
Fax: (+34) 943 005511

3 – Technical objectives


– To provide opinion and support to the European Platform about Spanish policies and programmes relevant to MANUFUTURE.
– To promote a better cooperation and coordination between European and Spanish activities: programmes and projects.
– Structuring. To contribute to a coherent European,national and regional research strategy, exploring and deploying mechanisms for a greater integration.
– To identify activities and to define objectives (SRA + Implementation Plan), at Spanish and European level:
– Propose relevant actions.
– Work together with the European Platform and Spanidh responsibles for research in order to define objectives, considering the national aims and environment, including economic, education, dissemination… aspects.
– To contribute to close the loop between technological development and definition of policies
– identify mechanisms to promote the awareness about the contribution of manufacturing technology development to political objectives
– Fluid communication with the responsibles for the economic, industrial, environmental and educational policies
– Act as intermediate entity
– Representing the national point of view
– Providing answers to MANUFUTURE proposals
– Contributing to MANUFUTURE results disemination
– Promote public/private partnerships and “flagship” projects:
– Identify stakeholders
– Stimulate activities leading to projects showing the potential of MANUFUTURE

4 – Relevance to nation economy

The Spanish industry, mainly constituted by SMEs, needs to improve its competitiveness and to adapt to new exigencies of sustainable development and customized production, with more qualified human resources and a continued technological development.

One of the innate problems of the Spanish industry is the small size of the companies.In this aspect, an effort of public policy must be done to create collaborative environments and to generate a critical mass sufficient to approach projects of greater ambition. The effort and the cost that annually make the Spanish companies in technological innovation is increasing, although still smaller to the countries of our surroundings, with an unfavorable balance of payments by technology.

This effort contrasts with the small explooitation by the companies of the scientific resources available in Spain. For that reason, the National Plan must make an emphasis in diagnosing and solving the existing problems to improve the system of Science-Technology-Company, improving the global yield. It is necessary to improve the scientific production, to maximize the technological development and the transference to the companies.

Spain is a manufacturing country and, specially, manufacturing of production equipment. An effort is due to locate Spain in the place it deserves between the countries of high technology.

Besides, the traditional product sectors manufacturing (leather and footwear, textile and preparation, wood and furniture, tiles, toy, …) have a strong impact in the GDP. They represent a use around the 600,000 workers, with a noticeable exporting character (12,500 M€) and group to a total of 40,500 companies of industrial character, technologically having a high technological dependency of the competing countries. In addition, the competition of the developing countries, forces the national companies to more redirect themselves towards other products of greater added value, more technical, being optimized the productive and logistic systems, and with an environmental norm, which the emergent economies lack. The future on the productive system will depend, to a great extent, of the development and implantation of design and industrial production technologies, that make possible a sustainable growth, competitive and respectful with environment, leading to greater technological independence and control on the generation of products and the processes.

5 – Sectors within the TP

Capital goods, machine-tool, shoe industry, automotive, aerospace manufacturing, rail industry, molds and dies, textile, food industry, ceramics and tiles, home appliances, toys, electronics, recycling, wood and furniture, optics.

6 – ManuFuture pillars tackled by the TP

– New, added-value products and services: Yes
– New business models: Yes
– New advanced industrial engineering: Yes
– New emerging manufacturing science and technologies: Yes
– Transformation of existing R&D and education infrastructure to support world-class manufacturing: Yes

7 – Research & Development activities

At EU level:
Very active participation, specially in NMP

At national level:

Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) YES (work in progress)

8 – Stake holders

Interaction with global companies: All the companies are selling globally.

Grupo VICINAY, TRW Automotive, GEMA MEDICAL, C2I2 – Agrupación industrial del CALZADO, INVEMA – máquina-herramienta, INDO, MCC, GAMESA, CAF, CIE Automotive, Grupo ANTOLÍN, INGELECTRIC TEAM

9 – Geographical localization (map, localization of participants):

Along all the regions in Spain, with a stronger position in the Basque Country, Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia regions, and other regions such as Galicia, Asturias, Castilla, Andalucia also present

10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

Textile, materials, Waterborne, steel, construction, railway…

11 – Special national programmes

– National programme on Industrial Design and Production as the frame for all related projects
– Specific call for research networks in order to support Spanish Technology Platforms

12 – Funding instruments

Diverse instruments:
– From the Ministry of Education, more oriented to research organisations: Spanish research Council (CSIC), Universities and research centres
– From the Ministry of Industry, more oriented to industrial research, where research institutions are normally subcontracted.
– Specific issue of CENIT, where big industrial projects (40 Million Euro) are supported.