Process engineering has always been important to the Catalan industry. A powerful industrial economy is combined with a strong ICT sector, where the adoption of advanced technologies such as 4.0 trends, computerization, and product customizing all work together to create a leading industrial systems sector. Most providers fall into the engineering and software categories, while components and systems companies lead employment and business volume in Catalonia.
The Catalonia Industry Suppliers directory gives you access to companies that provide solutions in technologies 4.0 such as AI & Big Data, DLT/Blockchain, Cloud & Edge Computing, Cybersecurity, Connectivity, Supercomputing, Robotics & Collaborative Robotics , Additive manufacturing, IoT & Sensors, AR/VR, Simulation & Digital Twins, Photonics & Quantum Sciences, and Automation.
Catalonia, a global smart industry hub
Catalonia has embraced Industry 4.0 with an entire ecosystem supporting the digital transformation. Major universities offer industry 4.0 related studies, and international trade fairs and events take place in Barcelona such as the IoT Solutions World Congress or the Advanced Factories Expo and Congress.
Furthermore, companies have a strong tradition of working in clusters and business associations linked to Industry 4.0, like Secpho (Cluster of Technological Innovation) or Cluster MAV (Advanced Materials Clusters). The main applications of the most developed technologies in the region are additive manufacturing, simulation, advanced robotics, augmented reality and cybersecurity, among others.
Thanks to how it is rapidly implementing smart industry trends, Catalonia is becoming the preferred place for multinationals to build their innovation hubs for continental Europe or even the world. Furthermore, Barcelona is the 1st European capital of innovation. Nestlé, ERNI, Siemens, HP, Amazon or Microsoft are among the most recent companies investing in Catalonia to build centers in 3D printing, Industry 4.0 and process digitalization fields.
An active R&D and technology transfer ecosystem
Catalonia is at the forefront of innovation in the smart industries and 3D printing areas, merging research capacities in numerous universities and technological centres. Companies can rely on this specialized network to carry out their innovation and technology transfer projects, partnering with centres like Eurecat, CD6, CTTC, CSIC or i2CAT.