Consorci de la Zona Franca wins grant to start Logistics 4.0 high-tech incubator
Consorci de la Zona Franca (Consorci ZF) will be launching a Logistics 4.0 high-tech incubator at DFactory, having won funding from INCYDE. This foundation at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce is receiving 50% financing from the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER in Spanish).
The agreement between INCYDE and Consorci ZF seeks to bolster sectors relevant to Industry 4.0, in the effort to consolidate Barcelona as a high-tech hub and economic powerhouse.
Consorci ZF’s future incubator is positioned to thrive and ready for success. Logistics accounts for 14.4% of the GDP in Catalonia, 29% of the sector’s surface area in the country with 39,000 companies. Zona Franca is of prime importance for the industrial sector in Barcelona, which boasts being one the biggest, most active and dynamic industrial areas in Spain, with over 300 established businesses. Consorci ZF is a key player in promoting advanced manufacturing and bolstering the local Logistics 4.0 ecosystem.
Barcelona, thanks to its industrial tradition, is called to play a relevant role in the transition to a new advanced manufacturing paradigm. The impact of the Consorci ZF’s agreement with INCYDE will focus on the sector, specifically in the areas of Additive Manufacturing Technologies and 3D Printing. Barcelona’s industrial sector employs over half a million people, and the city is strategically placed with respect to R&D centres.
Announcement of the new Logistics incubator is proof of Barcelona’s position as a high-tech and advanced manufacturing hub, maximising opportunities for synergy and collaboration.
In 2019 the HP 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Centre of Excellence was opened, heralding the city’s longstanding industrial base, and DSpace already hosts a previous success thanks to the Consorci, the 3D incubator. Existing 3D HP collaborations include giants such as Siemens and Volkswagen, and touch on various industries. It’s all part of an advanced manufacturing ecosystem in Barcelona which encompasses various industries, ranging from Automotive to Pharma and Biotechnology, to name a few.
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