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October 18, 2018
The Barcelona Industry Week promotes the (4.0) revolution
The so-called 4.0 industrial revolution seems unstoppable and forces companies to operate their digital transformations.

The Barcelona Industry Week held this week, is dedicated to the 4.0 industry and plans to attract 21,000 professional visitors in its second edition. This event wants to provide answers to this new economic and social reality with the aim of helping the industrial and productive fabric to meet these new challenges.

IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Robotics or 3D are just some of the technologies that are already transforming the industry and that will be addressed by the Barcelona Industry Week. This international event is made up of three fairs: In(3D)dustry From Need To Solutions, focused on 3D printing and advanced manufacturing, the IoT Solutions World Congress, focused on the Internet of Things, and Healthio, newly created, focussed on innovations in the health sector.

To bits, businessmen!
 
 
October 11, 2018
Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Alba synchrotron
The ALBA Synchrotron has published its annual report. This document covers the most remarkable activities of 2017, a selection of scientific highlights, technology reviews and facts & figures of the facility last year.
 
At page 8, we read:
Alba in brief:
• User operations started in 2012 • 3 GeV 150 mA Top-Up operations with a current variation lower than 1% • 5900h of operation with 4650h user time - 98% availability • 21 M€ operation budget in 2017 • Proposals have increased from about 200 in 2012 to almost 400 in 2017. Average overboooking factor: 2 • User affiliation: 65% national, 30% European, 5% non-European • Eight beamlines in operation, three under construction, one under design and three pending approval”

To learn more about Alba: 110 other pages available here.
 
October 04, 2018
Parks: the importance of infrastructures
During the Rebuild Expo and Congress held last week in Barcelona on innovation in the building sector, we had the opportunity to attend a round table about “Remaking industrial spaces”.

Industrial areas or business parks, whatever the name given, concentrate companies close to cities. One key factor that makes them attractive and provides companies of a given territory with the right tools to make them competitive is the quality of their infrastructures. Regarding this issue, different speakers pointed out the too large proportion of old and outdated business parks.
These considerations lead us to remind the high quality of the infrastructures offered by the Barcelona Synchrotron Park.

Let’s point out 4 of them:
  • High capacity and reliability power network, including an own electric station.
  • polygeneration plant and its district heating and cooling system that feeds all plots in the park and offers companies: reduction of initial investment and less physical space to allocate to bulky equipment, reduction of some 20% of associated operating and maintenance costs, flexibility if energy requirements change.
  • 7 telecom operators in the park with their own infrastructure: British Telecom, Telefónica, Orange, Colt, ONO, Ufinet, XOC.
  • 3 Data Centers that give companies the possibility to save their data in a close cloud, an option increasingly valued.
September 27, 2018
Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge visits the park
On last September 14, Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge, Ms. Àngels Chacón, paid a visit to the Barcelona Synchrotron Park in order to discover first-hand the reality of the park, its growth dynamics and its role as an economic driver of the territory.

Park’s director Pere Solà presented the different companies already installed or about to arrive (iconic Alba synchrotron included), park’s commitment to protecting biodiversity and its singular infrastructures including a district cooling and heating network, 7 telecoms operators and different data centres.

During the discussion with the representatives of the different park’s companies, one of the topics was the need to get at a global level well prepared professionals able to match companies’ necessities. This includes for instance improving professional training.

Before going for a walk in the park, the minister informed the attendees of the new government’s projects regarding industry and research policies: this includes, among other aspects, the deployment of the National pact for industry in order to make productive sectors more innovating and globalized and the elaboration of a Catalan Science law.
 
September 20, 2018
UAB’s researchers awarded by ERC
At the beginning of the year, for the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) system of grants, we had the opportunity to present the very good results obtained by researchers working in Catalan research centers.

Recently, two researchers from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)’s centers (UAB is a Barcelona Synchrotron Park’s partner) got ERC grants.

ERC awarded a Starting Grant to Joan Llull, associate professor at the UAB Department of Economics and Economic History and research fellow at MOVE (Markets, Organizations, and Votes in Economics). The almost 1.5M euros grant will go towards funding the project DYMOLAMO “Dynamic Modelling of Labor Mobility and Human Capital Accumulation".
 
Albert Quintana from the Institute of Neuroscience (UAB) was awarded an ERC Proof of Concept grant in order to explore business opportunities, patents and practical applications of the results on antibiotic resistance obtained with the NEUROMITO project Albert carried out: “Elucidating neuronal susceptibility to mitochondrial disease”.
 
Congratulations!
 
September 14, 2018
More than 8,600 foreign companies in Catalonia
Catalonia Trade & Investment is the public agency that works to attract foreign direct investment to Barcelona and Catalonia. On its website, the agency provides a statistical updated (2017) overview of the foreign companies installed in Catalonia.
 
8,642 companies with at least 50% foreign capital are established in Catalonia. They come from 89 different countries and are located at 85% in the Barcelona area. Germany (13%), France (12%) and the United States (12%) are the most common origins. China, with 91 establishments, enters for the first time the Top20 ranking of countries with the most subsidiaries.
 
In terms of turnover, companies in the automotive sector dominate (13.4%) followed by food and beverage (12.9%) and finance and insurance (9.4%). 27% of foreign companies export, representing 50% of Catalan exports.
 
With T-Systems or IBM, the Barcelona Synchrotron Park is part of this dynamics.
 
More details can be found here.
 
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