BEC Hosts Industry/Technology Summit

The wind power and machine tool industries were driving forces for business at Cumbre Industrial y Tecnológica 2007 (the 2007 Industry and Technology Summit), which was held at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre September 25–28. The only trade fair of its kind in Spain, and a benchmark event for Europe generally, the summit maintained its high reputation for content and for the diversity of products on show owing to the presence of exhibiting companies, business groups, chambers of commerce, and trade specialists representing 33 countries.

The summit was opened by Ana Agirre, the Basque government minister for industry, trade, and tourism. The 1,144 exhibiting organizations came from Germany, China, Spain, the USA, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, the UK, Sweden, and Switzerland, among other countries. They presented the latest advances in the capital goods, subcontracting, machinery, equipment, accessories, supplies, and technology sectors.

A total of 13,069 trade visitors from all of Spain’s autonomous regional communities and from France, Portugal, Italy, Venezuela, the UK, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Morocco, among other countries, took part in the event. Spanish trade visitors from outside northern Spain increased again this year, to more than 30% of domestic attendees. Visitors from outside Spain accounted for just over 7% of the total.

Of the visitors to the summit, 42.5% were decision makers and market makers, such as owners, general managers, managers, and department heads. Representatives of leading purchasers in the automotive and aeronautics industries attended, along with top-ranking technical and purchasing staff from the railway, machine tool, and consumer goods industries.

The organizers have concluded that Cumbre Industrial y Tecnológica 2007 met its objective of energizing business relationships. The atmosphere of the event was described as lively, including, notably, in exhibitors’ order books.

Concurrently with the exhibition, technical seminars on casting, maintenance, and galvanizing, assemblies of trade associations, and other activities were staged, involving around 800 people in all.

A summit highlight was the presentation of the second Nexo Award to Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa, the largest business group in the Basque country, for its increasing efforts to develop industrial subcontracting in recent years. The award was collected by Rafael Barrenechea, the cooperative’s deputy chair and general manager of its machine tool division.

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