According to the Financial Times, the Basque Country is one of Europe’s best networked regions. It is also one of Spain's most heavily industrialized areas and, thanks to its quality standards, among Europe's key players. This is something it can capitalize on, which is why the region - which also refers to itself as a "big little country" - is at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 with its very own stand. The advanced production strategy initiated by the Basque government and shared by the companies, technology centers, universities and other stakeholders involved in transforming the Basque industrial network is being showcased to international visitors under the BASQUE INDUSTRY 4.0 banner.
The stand area is divided into several themed zones. One zone is devoted to systems developed by Basque technology centers. It features AR systems and manufacturing technologies for titanium components in the aviation industry and solutions for remote handling of robots. BIND 4.0, the first international fast-track program for startups that seeks out prestigious customers in Industry 4.0, has its own area where visitors can find out more about the program. This is all enhanced by presentations on various Industry 4.0 topics - not forgetting demonstrations of the unique folklore and samples of the fantastic gastronomy from the Basque region.