Building an automobile sector in Spanish Basque country

Twenty-two automotive companies have established development departments at the new centre, leading to hundreds of new jobs.

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The AIC aims to become an international reference point for the automotive sector.  © AIC The AIC aims to become an international reference point for the automotive sector. © AIC

" This is a highly innovative project that tries to modernise and increase the competitiveness of the traditional automotive industry. The collaboration between the different agents involved in the sector and the public and private partnership is truly remarkable. "

Inés Anitua, AIC Director

In 2006, a foundation was established aimed at improving the automotive sector in the Spanish Basque country. From that effort, the AIC (Automotive Intelligence Centre) was born as a public/private partnership. The AIC has continued to grow by addressing the 21st century concerns of the automotive sector.

Innovative research as the primary goal

The centre’s objective is to conduct research and develop innovation in the automotive sector. So far, 22 companies have established a presence at the AIC and are currently conducting ongoing research and development. The companies include an automotive manufacturer, an engineering company and five multi-national corporations. The investment has led to 250 professionals working at the centre.

The new companies join a working environment where collaboration plays a central role. Founding partners of the AIC include: Provincial Council of Bizkaia, City Council of Etxano Amorebieta, City Council of Ermua, ACICAE-Euskadi Automotive Cluster, ZF Lemförder TVA, Pierburg, CIE Automotive, Amaya Telleria and Microdeco.

Incubating new business

As the centre looks to become an international reference point for the automotive sector, it is also working to incubate new businesses and promote innovation. Workers at the centre are looking at possible scenarios for the automotive industry in the future and exploring potential market opportunities. The challenge they are tasked with is to find new ways to grow a business and create added value for the automotive industry.

Since training is an important part of the centre’s mission, the AIC also designs trainings to enhance knowledge within the automotive sector at all levels.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “AIC – Automotive Intelligence Centre” is EUR 62 000 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 22 540 000 from the Operational Programme “Basque Country” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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