Value chain transformations
The assertion that the automotive industry is undergoing unprecedented change is repeated constantly. Digitisation, autonomous driving and environmental sustainability are all current trends that are going to require new approaches and new people to deal with the shifts they bring. In our May issue (No 2,310), we reported on how Aragón’s CAAR cluster is focusing on the Learning Factory as a way both of developing new capabilities to deal with new technologies and of reinserting the unemployed back into the labour market. And, while Catalonia’s cluster, the CIAC, is developing smart glasses to assist production line operators, its Basque counterpart, the ACICAE, has conducted a detailed study — officially released at the annual BAI event — into advanced manufacturing’s current state and future prospects in the Basque Country. All of these are examples of how change becomes a reality that in turn drives new enterprise. And this ties in with another highly relevant current theme — entrepreneurship. In this respect, and as we report in this issue, Galicia’s CEAGA cluster aims, through the Business Factory Auto project, to encourage start-ups built on disruptive technology and new business models. It represents, without a shadow of a doubt, a major step forward.