The Cantabrian agri-food sector is similar in structure to the rest of Spain, but stands out in two areas:
In addition, other branches of agri-food production have a significant presence, such as other fish products, cocoa and coffee, and packaged bread and bread products.
Cantabria’s coastal location has allowed the region to innovate in the area of tidal and wave energy, with various experiments led by the Universidad de Cantabria which have generated prototypes designed to revolutionize the renewable energies market.
The Environmental Hydraulics Institute (IH Cantabria) has more than 60 researchers and specialists in this field, making up the Oceanographic and Coastal Engineering Group, as well as the Underwater Outlet and Environmental Hydraulics Group, which provide the capacity for cutting-edge development. The IH’s Great Tank is being developed at the Cantabria Science Park. This will be the largest scientific infrastructure of its kind in Spain, making it possible to analyze fluid dynamics for large technological and construction infrastructures.
In addition, the Cantabrian coast will have one of the first farms in the world producing wave power, with 1.25 MW of power.
Cantabria has also established itself as a benchmark region in the development of new technologies in the field of wind energy, especially in off-shore projects.
Biofuels are also an especially important part of the autonomous community’s energy policy, with projects which will lead national production.
In Cantabria it is possible to find companies in all segments of the automotive industry value chain. There is a factory producing finished vehicles, several Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers and several companies linked to support services for the industry, primarily logistics, commercial distribution and spare parts. This is one of the sectors with the greatest specific weight in the region.
Various activities within the value chain are carried out in Cantabria, primarily in the area of bio-medicine, and there are a large number of potential user companies.
In addition, sector drivers in Cantabria have ties to the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, one of the largest and most prestigious medical centers in Spain, the Universidad de Cantabria and the Biotechnology Institute, which is set to become a scientific benchmark in the field.
Cantabria enjoys excellent access via all modes of transportation. The availability of modern port facilities and the proximity of the French border ensure easy connections by land and sea.
This infrastructure has made it possible to develop a very competitive logistics sector. In the field of road transport, the region stands out in comparison without other areas.
Cantabria has an important group of companies in the new technologies sector. These are highly integrated into the corporate world and among citizens.
The companies in the ICT sector offer a full range of solutions. As a result, in the region it is possible to find software developers, hardware distributors, consultants and information system integrators, and solutions and communication infrastructure providers.
Turnover is low among the sector’s highly qualified workers, making the region a preferred destination for the sector.
Cantabria has a long history in the chemicals industry and several production plants belonging to important multinationals.
Most of the companies are located in the Torrelavega area and on the Bay of Santander, the two major existing chemicals centers. Both regions enjoy excellent ground transportation links and connections with the Port of Santander. The Cantabrian chemicals sector, involving primarily basic chemicals, represents 15% of industrial activity in Cantabria.
Last updated: 16|07|2015
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