THE ADVANCED MATERIALS AND NANO-TECHNOLOGY SECTOR IN ASTURIAS

The MATERIALS sector includes the extraction and refining of metals, manufacturers of chemical products, wood, forestry products, non-metallic mineral products and metallurgy. NANO-TECHNOLOGY is an activity that encompasses a wide range of scientific-technical disciplines

with the aim of studying materials, particles and structures which entail the creation or presence of elements with dimensions of at least below 100 nm, a nanometre representing a millionth of a millimetre.


industry in Asturias

The RIS3 Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy
of Asturias, approved in 2014, defines its priority areas as ADVANCED AND SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS and NEW PRODUCTION MODELS.

The materials sector has the greatest weight and tradition in the region, bringing together large industrial groups both internationally (steel, aluminium, zinc, glass, chemical), and nationally (extraction, cement, refractory, waste).

Asturias has an important primary industry which it uses in its extremely high temperature furnace processes, at which only refractory materials can operate. This is why it has developed a hugely powerful local refractory industry, which includes local companies as well as large multinationals in the sector.

701

companies

20387

JOBS

5465

Million € turnover

40

Industrial turnover figure

46

Large industrial

companies

62

Asturian

exports

features of the sector

education

The University of Oviedo offers new degrees adapted to the European Area for higher education with qualifications that cover most areas of knowledge. Some 30 % of its more than 22,000 registered students are following technical courses (Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Mining and Energy Resource Engineering, Forestry Engineering and the Natural Environment etc.).

The following Degrees from the University of Oviedo related to the development of the sector of Advanced Materials and Nano-technology are
noteworthy:

  • International Master’s Degree in Analytical and Bio-analytical Sciences
  • International Master’s Degree in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling
  • Master’s Degree in Integrity and Durability of Materials, Components and Structures
  • Master’s Degree in Mathematical Modelling, Statistics and Computing
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Development
  • Master’s Degree in Geological Resources and Geological Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Science and Materials Technology
  • Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Integrity and Durability of Materials, Components and Structures

Approved Vocational Training with 17,000 registered students, more than the 35 % in technical degrees, completes the technical qualification of the Asturian workforce, combining theoretical training with work experience in companies.

innovation & technology

Technology Centres R&D&I Institutions, clusters

The National Coal Institute (INCAR-CSIC) has patented a technology developed in Asturias which allows graphene to be obtained from products deriving from coal and petroleum, coke. INCAR is currently coordinating an EU project to create graphene-based material.

sub-sectors

Main branches of activity by turnover

Source: INE, DIRCE, 2014.

CNAE No. of companies Employment Turnover (thous.€) Largest companies
Largest companies 41 7,941 3,450,382 ArcelorMittal
AZSA
Alcoa
Manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products 156 2,997 564,795 Saint-Gobain Cristalería
Tudela VeguÍn
Pasek España
Chemical industry 45 1,613 476,759 IQN
DuPont
Chemical industry 15 508 290,337 ENCE Navia
Extraction of anthracite, soft coal 18 2,429 136,803 HUNOSA
Manufacturing of rubber and plastic products 48 962 157,595 Specialized Technology Resources (STR)
Linpac Packaging Pravia

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