Ara­gón’s ecosys­tem

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In Oc­to­ber 2014, Ara­gon put it­self for­ward as sout­hern Eu­ro­pe’s au­to­mo­ti­ve hub. It ma­de the an­noun­ce­ment at an event of the ca­li­bre of the IZB show in Wolfs­burg, ho­me to Eu­ro­pe’s big­gest vehi­cle ma­nu­fac­tu­rer. Eigh­teen months la­ter, Au­toRe­vis­ta has ta­ken a first­hand look at how the mem­bers of the re­gion’s au­to­mo­ti­ve ecosys­tem are con­tri­bu­ting to that goal. One of the con­clu­sions of this re­view is that the in­dus­trial ba­se the­re is wor­king to gain a new glo­bal di­men­sion by fo­cu­sing on spe­ci­fic pa­ra­me­ters. On the one hand, it is de­ve­lo­ping the local in­no­va­tion po­ten­tial that is now star­ting to em­bra­ce In­dustry 4.0. On the ot­her, it is im­ple­men­ting a trai­ning stra­tegy led by a pro­prie­tary au­to­mo­ti­ve in­dustry mas­ter’s de­gree and lear­ning fac­tory en­vi­ron­ments de­sig­ned to ha­ve a dou­ble im­pact —train young people to use cu­rrent and fu­tu­re tech­no­lo­gies and gi­ve hun­dreds of people who ha­ve drop­ped out of the la­bour mar­ket an op­por­tu­nity to re­join it via the au­to­mo­ti­ve in­dustry. Meanw­hi­le, the CAAR’s 2016–2019 Stra­te­gic Plan strongly emp­ha­si­ses cor­po­ra­te so­cial res­pon­si­bi­lity. Fi­nally, at a ti­me when the re­gion is de­mons­tra­ting its at­trac­ti­ve­ness to mul­ti­na­tio­nals, Ara­gón’s dy­na­mic and in­no­va­ti­ve SMEs are high­ligh­ting the vi­tal ro­le they play and are see­king to achie­ve hig­her le­vels of dif­fe­ren­tia­tion.

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