Windar Technology & Innovation is one of the twleve R&D centers that make up the Knowledge Cluster


Avilés, Asturias’ innovation and talent hub, is the driving force behind industrialization 4.0 and the goal of increasing its international share.

The Maqua Palace in Avilés, where Satec Hub, the R&D center of the technology company Satec, is based, was the venue chosen to host representatives of this company, ArcelorMittal, Gonvarri, TKE, Linter-Samoa, ADZ (from Asturiana de Zinc), Idesa, Aleastur, PMG, Windar Renovables.

Among all of them, there are currently more than 400 researchers and technicians, a figure that is rising with the almost continuous incorporation of more “talent” in all these centers.

Borja Sánchez, Minister of Science, Innovation and University of the Principality of Asturias, was the driving force behind the idea of setting up the Knowledge Cluster. He did so during the presentation of the National Innovation and Design Awards 2022 held at the Óscar Niemeyer International Center in Avilés last February, which was attended by the King and Queen of Spain.

The research projects being developed in the R&D centers of these large companies address different areas: artificial intelligence and robotics, nanomaterials, health, digitalization, augmented reality, sustainability, industry 4.0, development of digital twins, renewable energies and new materials applied to the automotive industry, among others. In all of them, Avilés stands out as a hub of innovation and talent.

The representatives of these R&D centers pointed out that meeting “shows the collaborative nature of the business network of Asturias and its solid commitment to the achievement of the region’s social and industrial development objectives”.

For all these large companies, the collaboration is presented as an opportunity to analyze the difficulties and challenges faced by Asturian industry in order to remain competitive in international markets.