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which makes milling machines, and Fagor Arrasate, which designs
and builds machines such as stamps and presses, have taken advan-
tage of the latest motors and computer controls to enable faster, more
For the automotive sector, Fagor, which tailors all its machines to a
company’s needs, has completed a new line of completely automated
and synchronized presses that operates nearly 50 percent faster than
previous models. They recently installed one such press for Volk-
swagen in South Africa. They have also sent the latest development
of a blanking line (which creates shapes in sheets of material), 50
percent faster than previous ones, to a company in South Carolina
that manufactures parts for BMW.
In fact, many Spanish machine tool companies excel in the auto-
motive sector, combining the national expertise at machining with
a history of hosting manufacturing from automakers that include
Ford, Volkswagen, Renault, Mercedes, and Nissan.
Last year Nicolás Correa provided milling solutions to British
Aerospace, which manufactures parts for military aircraft. And Dan-
obat, another major manufacturer, supplies milling and turning
machines to companies that create parts for aerospace, wind tur-
bines, and railways.
Though many of these companies manufacture their machines
primarily in Spain, some also maintain overseas offices and plants.
Danobat opened an office in China in 2011, and Fagor has a man-
ufacturing facility there. Spanish automotive companies, including
Cie Automotive, Gestamp, Trimplast, and Fagor, are expanding into
the rapidly growing South American market, particularly in Brazil.
Spanish machine tool companies have a tradition of pooling and
coordinating their resources to benefit the industry as a whole, both
in jointly-financed research centers and in national and international
projects. Some of these projects have resulted in, to take a few exam-
ples, ultraprecise new milling machines; better “intelligent” features
to enable higher-precision machines that can be operated more easily;
and improved sustainability and energy-saving features of machines
and parts, minimizing the environmental impact.
For the food production industry, Spanish companies export their
solutions around the world. Spanish food has exploded in popular-
ity over the past few decades, along with the popularity of Spain’s
agricultural products, and Spain’s experience in irrigating, cultivat-
ing, cleaning, separating, processing, and packing its products has
grown as well.
Innovations in technology led Metalquimia to develop machines
that dramatically shorten times to cure and dry meat such as salami
and chorizo. NC Hyberbaric has created machines that take advan-
tage of high levels of water pressure to kill microorganisms, endow-
ing food with a longer shelf life without extensive processing or salt
and additives. Other food sector companies market faster seeding
machines, packing machinery that incorporates radio-frequency ID
tags, and artificial vision to sort and classify products and produce
HEALtHIEr For LEss
The Spanish health care system enjoys two remarkable accomplish-
ments. It is among the least expensive per person among indus-
trialized nations, in terms of the percentage of GDP it spends on
health care. At the same time, it is ranked by the World Health
Organization as among the best in the world, based on a number
of parameters including effectiveness and financial fairness. Spain
has achieved this because of successful partnerships between gov-
ernment authorities and private companies, producing innovations
in patient treatment and technology solutions for managing the
health care system.
Spain gradually introduced electronic health records (EHRs)
during the past decade. By 2010, more than 95 percent of pri-
mary health care providers in Spain had used them, and more than
250 million prescriptions were being submitted electronically to
pharmacies. These statistics place Spain among the leading users
of this technology. A number of Spanish companies, including El
Corte Inglés, Everis, Indra, and Oesia, are international leaders in
Spanish machine tool
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