Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Spain is progressing in Industry 4.0

The adoption of Industry 4.0 in Spain is on the rise and is expected to continue.

Redaccin Interempresas 27/03/2023

Industry 4.0 will give a 180 turn to the way companies operate, both the environment in which they compete and the market in which they operate. Although the process of incorporating digitization and new technologies in modern societies in Spain is not very numerous, it is progressing step by step and without delay.

The industrial sector has progressed on its way to digital transformation and factories are adopting more and more initiatives to implement the IoT and be part of the so-called Industry 4.0. The Spanish industrial sector has been one of the largest in the country’s economy, and the adoption of Industry 4.0 is an opportunity to modernize and improve the efficiency and competitiveness of companies. According to the 2021 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, Spain is ranked 24th in the technology adoption index of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which indicates good growth potential.

Industry 4.0 refers to the integration of digital technology in manufacturing and production processes. The application of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, robotics and automation are some of the technologies driving Industry 4.0.


In Spain, the adoption of Industry 4.0 is on the rise and is expected to grow in the coming years. Spanish companies have started to implement Industry 4.0 solutions for various sectors, such as automotive, electronics, food, energy and construction. Some examples of Spanish companies that have invested in the adoption of Industry 4.0 are Sedes, Siemens Gamesa, Telefónica, Repsol and Ferrovial.

In addition, the Spanish government has established initiatives to promote the adoption of Industry 4.0 in companies. One of these initiatives is the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy 2021-2027, which includes a strategy to promote digitization and Industry 4.0 in companies. Technology centers and innovation platforms have also been established across the country to support the adoption of Industry 4.0.

Innovation platforms

In Spain there are various technical centers and innovation platforms that support the adoption of Industry 4.0 in companies. These technology centers and platforms are spaces where research, development and innovation activities are carried out, services and training in Industry 4.0 technology consultancy are offered. Below are some examples of innovation centers and platforms in Spain;

  • Eurecat: is the largest center of technology in Catalonia and one of the largest in Spain. It focuses on the development of advanced technologies for different sectors, including Industry 4.0. It provides consulting services, project development, training and technology transfer to companies.
  • Tecnalia: the main technology center in Spain and one of the most important in Europe. It provides research, development and innovation services in areas such as energy, health, mobility and energy. It has a special area in Industry 4.0 that works in the development of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digitization solutions.
  • Basque Industry 4.0: an innovation platform promoted by the Basque Government, whose aim is to promote the adoption of Industry 4.0 in Basque companies. It provides incentives, training, forms and collaboration services between companies to promote digitization and innovation in the industry.
  • CDTI: is a center for industrial technological development, a public entity that funds and supports R+D+i projects in Spain. It provides financing and planning exercises to develop Industry 4.0 technologies.
  • AIOTI Spain: is the Spanish part of the European Association of Innovation Platforms in IOT (Internet of Things). Promoted to the innovation and development of IoT solutions for Industry 4.0 in Spain. It provides consulting services, cooperation between companies and the organization of events and conferences.
  • These are a few examples of innovation centers and platforms that exist in Spain to support the adoption of Industry 4.0 in companies. Each of them has its own specialization and offers different services and resources to promote digitization and innovation in the Spanish industry.


    In this case, Eurecat can be said to be the main technology center in Spain for Industry 4.0 projects. Some of the more significant projects that have been developed are;

  • Digital Factory for Zero-Failure Defects: This project aims to develop a digital factory for manufacturing without defects, which would allow for greater efficiency and effectiveness in device manufacturing.
  • Factory of the Future: This program aims to develop advanced manufacturing technologies to increase efficiency and sustainability in industrial production.
  • Big Data for Industry: This strategy uses large amounts of data in industry for better decision making and production efficiency.
  • Digital twins: This project focuses on the use of virtual models of products and processes to improve efficiency and quality in the production industry.
  • Cyber-physical systems: This project aims to integrate digital and physical technology in the production industry to increase efficiency and flexibility in product manufacturing.
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    IoT in the industry

    In Spain, the development of the IoT has been increasingly important in recent years. According to a study by the IDC consultancy, the expenditure of IOT in Spain will reach 13,600 million dollars in 2020, which compares to an increase of 9.5% with the previous year and, according to the data of the National Telecommunication Observatory, and the Information Society. ONTSI), in 2019, 60% of Spanish companies used some IoT solution.

    The leading sector in the adoption of IoT in Spain is the industrial sector, followed closely by the service sector and the public sector. In Spain there are many companies and startups dedicated to developing solutions, from devices and sensors to software platforms and consulting services.

    On the other hand, the development of IoT in Spain has also generated new job opportunities in areas such as engineering systems, development and data analytics software.

    Without a doubt, the Internet of Things is transforming the industry, enabling greater efficiency and automation of manufacturing and manufacturing processes. Some IoT applications are in this area;

  • Large machines and tools: IoT allows real-time monitoring of factory machines and equipment, which makes it possible to detect and prevent possible failures and reduce downtime.
  • Supply chain optimization: The Internet of Things allows greater visibility and traceability in the supply chain, which means more effective and efficient resource management and reduces waiting times and production costs.
  • Quality control: The IOT makes it possible to monitor and analyze the production processes in real time, which allows to detect possible problems and improve the quality of the products.
  • Production automation: IoT enables the automation of production processes, which reduces production times and increases the efficiency of factories.
  • Predictive Maintenance: The Internet of Things can collect and analyze large amounts of data in real time, which makes it possible to predict possible machine failures and to perform preventive maintenance more effectively and efficiently.
  • In Spain, the adoption of Industry 4.0 is on the rise and is expected to grow in the coming years. Spanish companies have launched Industry 4.0 solutions for various sectors, such as automotive, electronics, food, energy and construction parts.

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