• Cantabria
  • NUTS 2 : ES13
  • ES

Facts & Figures

Capital: Santander

Size: 5,321.3 km2

Population: 578,900

Regional GDP: 12,832

% of the National GDP: 1.22

Regional GERD (%): 1.17

% of Unemployment: 15.3

S3 related Region's Website


Muyo López, Jorge

  Email: muyo_j@cantabria.es   Phone: 0034-942 200 073

Ceballos Carvajal, Eva

  Email: ceballos_be@cantabria.es   Phone: 0034-942 200 065

Gutiérrez Lecue, Miguel Ángel

  Email: gutierrez_ma@cantabria.es   Phone: 0034-942 200 086

S3 Priorities as Encoded in the "Eye@RIS3" Tool S3 Priorities as Encoded in the "Eye@RIS3" Tool

Priority Name Description
Machinery and automotive equipment. Specialisation in automotive: melting processes, production of iron elements, aluminium, polymers,… Specialisation in machinery: energy generators and high tech electro-mechanical machinery. Priority is also linked to production of automotive components and high performance machinery and small and complex metallic pieces, and to medium tech sectors and to engineering and materials knowledge.
Tourism Tourism with strengths in natural environment, gastronomy, sports, culture and history. The tourism focus is supported by ICT services, a key instrument for touristic promotion and for optimising supply and demand in touristic experiences. Also linked to agrofood, supporting natural products of Cantabria, based on gastronomic tourism.
Agrofood Agrofood specialised in high quality products. Leaders in dairy products, semi-preserved fish products (anchovy), and canned tuna and aquaculture. Challenges relate to improving production processes and the development of ICT systems for production control. Specialisation is linked also to fishery products, with the Environmental Hydraulics Institute and the Oceanographic Institute of Santander. It is also linked to the food production sector, and to the touristic sector for integration of products and services.
Metallic transformation Specialised in the design and production of components, pieces and metallic structures of any shape and size for producers of final products in a variety of sectors (nuclear, weapons, food and drinks, construction, heavy machinary, chirurgical material and hospital equipment, oil & gas) and ship conversion, etc. Challenges include won innovative production processes to increase productivity, and introduction of such processes in other sectors that need similar processes. Advanced manufacturing for better production processes.
Biotechnology Biotechnology is an emerging sector, with the biotechnology and biomedicine institute (IBBTEC), the bio sanitarian research institute (IFIMAV) and the virtual hospital center Marqués de Valdecilla. Challenges include business innovation based on biotech research. Links are explored with Health sector.
Chemistry specialised in organic and inorganic basic chemistry, but developing more and more products and additives of high added value such as films, flexible plastic containers of high performance, tyres for heavy machinery. Challenges include innovation in new products based on better knowledge and processes, and opening of new markets for producers of final products. Links to industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.
Maritime engineering Development of a metallic transformation sector for blue economy (off-shore energy, submarine mining, marine leisure resorts, services for off-shore infrastructure, altitude aquaculture, resource control and prediction of coastal phenomena) and other ICT based applications such as data mining, mathematic modelling, etc. Links to aquaculture and fishery.
Satellite communications and radiofrequency. Challenge is to increase existing critical mass. Potential in markets like radiofrequency subsystems and communication antenas. Links with defense and aerospace sectors. Satellite communications as an alternative to conventional telecom. Links with sectors such as machinery production with electronic components (e.g. ultrasonic cleaning). Links with drones.

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S3 Strategy:

RIS3 Strategy Cantabria - Final document in Spanish (12/2013)

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