The Government of Asturias has completed its participation in Hannover Messe this week, the largest Industry Fair in the world. The Government of the Principality of Asturias participated in the event with an institutional stand, where it presented its advanced manufacturing capacities and the advantages of the Asturias Digital Innovation Hub, a tool promoted by the Government to facilitate the digitalisation of companies.
Among the activities undertaken, was the particularly noteworthy visit to the stand by the Ambassador of Spain in Germany, Ricardo Martínez Vázquez, who toured the pavilion accompanied by the Economic and Trade Advisor of the Spanish Embassy in Berlin, Lucinio Muñoz, and who discovered the strengths of Asturian Industry 4.0 via the IDONIAL Design and Manufacturing Centre and the CTIC Technology Centre, and the offer of digital enablers.
The CTIC Business and Operations director, Pablo Coca, showed the diplomat how an industrial plant can be controlled from the CTIC headquarters in Asturias, some 1,950 kilometres away, using the Internet and communication technologies. In turn, IDONIAL, the new technological centre created from the merger between ITMA Materials Technology and Prodintec, demonstrated an aero-transportable factory held in a 3D printing laboratory, designed in collaboration with the European Defence Agency, with which this entity aims to test the impact of this technology in military operations in conflict zones.
The meetings held between the directors of Industry and Telecommunications, Manuel Monterrey; from Idepa, Eva Pando, and from Asturex, Teresa Vigón, had the two-fold objective of presenting the Asturias Digital Innovation Hub and introducing the Principality of Asturias as an attractive region for recruiting and setting up new business projects. In this respect, a particularly interesting meeting took place with the CEO of the Phoenix Contact Group.
The activity of the Asturian clusters linked to the innovation hub – Clúster TIC and MetaIndustry4 – proved essential when participating in an international meeting with similar organisations from Canada and Europe. Furthermore, institutional representatives from the Principality visited the Asturian company exhibitors at Hannover Messe: Oxiplant and JP Industrias Mecánicas.
In parallel to these activities, as a member of the Enterprise Europe Network, Idepa participated in Technology Cooperation Day, an event celebrated within the framework of the fair to look for international partners, and where the six participating entities (companies, clusters and technology centres) established over 60 international contacts.
The relevance of the previous edition of Hannover Messe enabled 5,000 exhibitors to present their proposals to over 200,000 visitors, bringing the real and virtual worlds together with new solutions for smart manufacturing.