Basque Industry 4.0

4.0 Strategy

Basque Industry 4.0 is a move towards the incorporation of intelligent systems into production plants, the improved use of emerging capabilities and technologies in new products and processes, the integration of advanced materials into higher added-value solutions and improved processes, and the efficiency and sustainability of resources and integration of high added-value services.

In recent years, the Basque Government has defined its RIS3 Smart Specialisation Strategy which marks, among other elements, areas of productive specialisation within the industrial network and technological capabilities of the Basque Country. One of these areas is Advanced Manufacturing, and as a result the Basque Government has developed a specific strategy, Basque Industry 4.0.

The construction of a territorial strategy requires not only scientific and technological knowledge, but also knowledge of markets and entrepreneurial skills. In short, this territorial strategy is the result of a participatory process which includes local government, the business community, the world of academia and know-how, and civil society. This is how the Advanced Manufacturing Strategy has been built, to promote the positioning and leadership of the Basque Country as an industry-based economy, using the momentum of knowledge-intensive manufacturing.

The priority of this strategy is to contribute to the creation of new products, the incorporation of new materials and the improvement of manufacturing processes in specialised sectors.

Basque Digital Innovation HUB

Strategy for the development of the digital ecosystem and relationship model.

A network of facilities to experiment with Advanced Manufacturing and test digital innovations is being created in the Basque Country.

This DIH consists of a digitally connected network of Competence Centres with R&D infrastructures, pilot lines and technical experts specializing in different areas of Advanced Manufacturing.The network is co-owned by companies, R&D centres, occupational training centres and universities, with the support of regional government institutions.

The aim of this initiative is to provide industrial enterprises, especially SMEs, with the technological capabilities needed to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0. The network will be used to perform R&D projects, to up-scale industrial projects, as a showcase for cutting-edge technologies and also as a training resource and start-up accelerator.

4.0 assets

Catalogue of Basque Industry 4.0 assets
available for Basque companies.

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Advanced Manufacturing Centres


Aeronautical AMC

The Aeronautics Advanced Manufacturing Center (CFAA in Spanish) was set up to develop advanced manufacturing technologies at levels which can be transferred rapidly to the industry in this key sector of our economy. It also serves as a meeting point for joint work by different agents and companies that have capabilities, interests and trajectories in the aircraft engine and structural components sector.

The participation of the centre and its conception as a combined centre of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and of the Business Association for the Development of Techniques for Advanced Aeronautical Manufacturing makes it possible to work with a direct approach to the final applications for aeronautical production as well as the generation, use and development of new knowledge in advanced manufacturing technologies.

The CFAA aims to boost the development of applicable manufacturing technologies in a short space of time in the processes of the partner companies of the project, and the wider industry in general.

The focus is to bring the levels of technological development usually seen in the university sphere (MRL, Manufacturing Readiness Level 2 to 5) closer to levels of development of technologies in sufficiently representative environments (MRL, 6-8) so that they meet the production needs of enterprises. The applicability of knowledge is particularly sought throughout and during the lifecycle of this project and centre.


CFA Eólico – Windbox

WINDBOX is the centre for advanced testing, validation and integration of industrial subsystems for the wind power sector. It is a pioneering Advanced Manufacturing Centre for wind power, which will favour the international technological and competitive positioning of Basque suppliers of subsystems and products for the wind sector, allowing them to test their developments in conditions very similar to those of actual operation, validating and optimising their prototypes and providing them with fast, secure access to the market. The objectives of WINDBOX projects are:

  • To bring down the CoE (cost of energy) of wind power through the improvement of critical components and subsystems of wind turbines developed by Basque suppliers.
  • To provide access for Basque companies to technologically advanced equipment, which will give them a competitive advantage with their global competitors and a differential of positioning and credibility with OEMs.
  • To validate higher added value: conditions of operation very close to reality, validation by an independent entity and not by the supplier itself, validation of more complete systems rather than isolated systems.
  • To test components for all types of machines, but oriented to strategic positioning, such as suppliers of new models of on-shore and off-shore wind turbines, 6-8 MW.
  • To project the potential and development capacity of Basque suppliers and position the Basque Country well in this sector.

BIND 4.0. Basque Acceleration Programme

Bind 4.0 is a public-private acceleration programme that lasts 24 weeks and takes place in the Basque Country. The collaborating companies can take on new talent and technology by selecting and contracting startups in the field of Industry 4.0 that are in their early stages and that meet the profile defined by the company.

Startups have the opportunity to obtain a real contract with a related industrial company in Industry 4.0

Companies participating in the first edition: ABB, Alcor Group, CAF, Cie Automotive, Danobat Group, Euskaltel, Fagor Ederlan Group, Iberdrola, ITP, Maier, Mercedes-Benz Vitoria, Michelin, Nem Solutions, Repsol-Petronor and the Ulma Group.

Startups participating in the first edition: Addimen Bizkaia, Algo Engines, Bigda Solutions, Bihartech, CreativiTIC Innova, DeciData, Embeblue, Glartek, HÙPI, Innovae Augmented Reality, Irisbond,, Zylk Industry.

4.0 Glossary

The new words of the
industry 4.0.

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Basque Industry 4.0. The Meeting Point

The Basque Industry 4.0 Conference was launched in 2014 and today is a multidisciplinary event where strategy, opinions, technology, experiences and workshops are combined and networking is promoted, making it suitable for companies in any sector.

At the same time, it is an interesting event for universities, technology centres, consulting and engineering companies, public administration and industry-oriented service companies and, in short, for everyone who wants to learn first-hand about the different aspects associated with the fourth industrial revolution.