Barcelona Good News #2: the city as a fashion brand
The city as a Flaixos fashion brand It is often said that fashion, design and trendscontribute to the economic revitalization and external projection of Barcelona, but the reverse is equally true: currently, the Barcelona brand contributes tothe economic revitalization and external projection ofinternational designers, manufacturers and investors who work in Barcelona. 1 Balcelona Good News July 2011. N. 2 Barcelona Business Magazine Fernando Echegaray, Barcelona Airport Director and Sixte Cambra, Barcelona Port Authority President Siemens: Innovation in their DNA Tuenti falls in love with Barcelona www.bcn.cat/barcelonabusiness
EDITORIAL2Barcelona Good News A city thAt hAs it All Barcelona has strengthened its character as an open and cosmopolitan city, meaning it can bring together highly educated and qualified human resources including both locals and people from all over the world. A glance at the international rankings shows that Barcelona the world, who are able to make the city a point of entry into COVER: Model on the catwalk currently is among the leaders in such crucial categories for the international marketplace. during a fashion show a 21st century economy as entrepreneurial character, quality This rich diversity is currently one of the driving forces be- by designer inmaculada García at BBWeek. the of life, support for innovation and creativity. If we look further hind the leadership role that the city has assumed since the picture was taken by Ugo back into the past, we can see that this position represents a industrialization began in Spain many decades ago. The city camera, BBWeek. the font used for the natural progression from a long tradition of industry, commerce continues to play this role thanks to its strenght of traditional masthead is called “lab and services that was at the cutting edge of 19th century and consolidated sectors, but also due to its status as a City of sans Pro” and has been designed by luis Alonso continental Europe and has evolved in order to establish Science and Innovation. Barcelona boasts a growing number of and Ricardo santos, from itself as a center of business attraction and promotion in the clusters and companies from industries with a high degree of www.tiponautas.com. lab sans Pro is a versatile globalized world, in the process becoming the capital of the international reach and with a very bright future, such as Media, sans-serif typeface with Mediterranean Union. Information and Communication Technology, Design, Bio- a technological and minimalist look, mixing As such, in this issue of the new edition of Good News, we technology, Energy, the Environment and Mobility, the electric subtle calligraphic take an in-depth look at a lively and wide-ranging sector that vehicle, the aerospace industry, higher education and multilin- influences with a geometric structure. encompasses fashion, the latest trends and design, and we gualism, all advancing thanks to the political groundwork laid see that the city’s history in the textile industry is now taking by the commitment and initiative of public institutions. the other fonts used in Good News Barcelona on a new form to boost its economy and reputation, helping to In short, Barcelona still has its own defining characteristics, a are Akkurat and itc launch the region’s long-established designers, firms, entre- consistent personality that includes ample space for the city Barcelona, the latter designed by Edward preneurs and manufacturers on to success, as well as newly to adapt to change. And its constant ability to strategically Benguiat for the 1992 arrived businesses. And this brings us to another of the city’s reinvent itself makes it one of the chief poles of attraction for Barcelona Olympics. defining characteristics, namely that due to its status as an individuals, professionals, capital and businesses in 21st cen- attractive and economically dynamic destination Barcelona has tury Europe. strengthened its character as an open and cosmopolitan city, meaning it can bring together highly educated and qualified Economic Promotion Area human resources including both locals and people from all over Barcelona City Council editor Barcelona City Council - Economic Promotion Area Llacuna 162, 08018 Barcelona (Spain) T. (+34) 932 563 915 www.bcn.cat/barcelonabusiness BCN HigHligHts 3 /// staNdiNg Out 4 Fashion grows in Barcelona /// BarCelONa design and production: BPMO Edigrup - www.bpmoedigrup.com. WOrld 9 /// spOtligHt ON 10 Fernando Echegaray, Barcelona Airport Director and Editorial Coordinator: Carmen Alcalde /// Creative Director: Paula Mastrángelo /// Art Director: Marta Solà /// Photo Editing: Carlota Prats, BPMO photo /// Sixte Cambra, Barcelona Port President /// dO it iN BarCelONa 13 /// tOp seCret 14 Language Coordinator: Raúl Pelegrín /// Print by Enlaze3 Print Management amb el cofinançament de / Cofinanciado por / Cofunded by: /// Wide aNgle 15 Siemens /// ZOOm iN 16 EV Battery Forum Barcelona /// NetWOrkiNg 17 /// departures aNd arrivals 18 Dentaid / Tuenti /// peNsat a BarCelONa 20 /// WHat’s COOkiNg 22 BIZBarcelona 2011 /// ageNda 24 Legal deposit: B-2229-2011
casa Rusia to bring another Barcelona Activa wins the HIGHLIGHTStHe uNiversitat pOlitèCNiCade CataluNya (upC) tO Offera pOstgraduate degree iN perspective on the east to the city Jury Prize in the EuropeaneleCtriC veHiCles Barcelona, as capital of the mediterranean union, is readying Enterprise AwardsThe new postgraduate degree, the first of its kind the opening of Casa rusia, at the end of the year to join thein Spain, is also the first course adapted to meet already existing Casa asia and Casa marruecos, which is also Barcelona has been awarded the Jury prizethe criteria of the European Higher Education in preparation. in the 2011 european enterprise awardsArea (EHEA) for electric vehicles. During the given by the european Commission, withcoming 2011-2012 academic year, automotive Barcelona activa’s glòries entrepreneurialindustry professionals, design engineers and initiative Center chosen for the honorothers will be able to enroll in the Postgraduate over 399 other projects presented by 29Degree in Electric Vehicles and Other Propulsion european countries.Technologies as Applied to Automobiles at The European Enterprise Awards, now in theirthe UPC’s School of Professional & Executive fifth year, are designed to reward excellence in theDevelopment. promotion of entrepreneurial spirit and of small more info: www.talent.upc.edu companies at the national, regional and local levels. Casa Rusia is to be housed in the Marqués de Alfarràs palace, Through this prize, the European Commission hastHe City gets its seCONd home until a year and a half ago to the city ombudsperson’s of- given recognition to the Glòries Entrepreneurialapple retail stOre fice. According to Barcelona city council, the Russian government Initiative as a model to be followed internationallyPasseig de Gràcia 1, where the square meets has expressed a special interest in Barcelona due to its status as of effective and innovative ways to promotePlaça Catalunya, will house a new Apple Store capital of the Mediterranean. In addition, the move will help Russia entrepreneurship, business growth and job creation.with 2,500 square meters of floor space, making it to increase its influence in Spain and gain a foothold in the strategi- In 2010, the Glòries Center supported and assistedthe company’s second largest store in Europe. cally important Mediterranean Sea, an interest that stems from the 2,500 business projects, 70% of which have become more info: www.apple.com/es/retail Russian oil company Lukoil’s recent decision to build an inflamma- ble liquid wharf in Barcelona Port, which includes a 40,000 square an actual company, which in turn have created over 3,200 jobs. In addition, since the launch of the Glòries 3festa al Cel Barcelona Good News meter platform to be used to manage the traffic of petroleum prod- Center in 2004 more than 6,000 companies haveThe 20 th annual edition of the Festa del Cel, ucts for the surrounding area. been created, generating over 12,000 new jobs.Barcelona’s air show, is to be held this year on more info: www.casarusia.com more info: www.barcelonactiva.catOctober 2. Mar Bella beach on the city’s coastlinewill be the vantage point from which visitors willbe able to witness the spectacular acrobatics ofover 70 planes. It also features the participation second place in the race for leadership in international congressesof four large teams: The Patrulla Águila, the Barcelona has held on to The data show that Barcelona increased the number of international congresses by 13 withPatrouille de France, the Patrouille Suisse and the second place in the world respect to 2009, and thus closes the gap on first place city, Vienna, with 154 meetings. Bar-Breitling Jet Team. in the list of cities that play celona is also in second place in terms of the number of participants in these international host to the largest number gatherings, with 81,933 attendees. The Catalan city thus overtakes the Austrian capital, of international congresses, which is fourth on the list in this category, but trails the worldwide leader Berlin, which according to the 2010 hosted 106,171 congress participants last year according to the latest ICCA data. Turisme de worldwide ranking from Barcelona’s Barcelona Convention Bureau is promoting the city as the ideal destination for the international Congress conventions and business travel. Over the last few years, the city has carried out joint promo- & Convention association tional activities along with Vienna in markets in other continents. (iCCa). more info: www.iccaworld.com Barcelona assumes the presidency tHe glOBal CleaN eNergy fOrum of the Red iNNPUlsO is the world ready for more info: www.festaalcel.com Barcelona is to assume the presidency of the governing renewable energy?searCH fOr taleNt gOes ON body of the red iNNpulsO, a network of Cities of science On October 26 and 27, Barcelona will play hostDo It in Barcelona presented its “Shine in and innovation made up of 30 spanish cities, which was to the debate on the future of renewable energy,Barcelona” project at Stockholm’s Start-up founded in order to meet the challenges of strengthening as well as its implications for political change.Day 2011, and at the same time launched its ties between cities and the exchange of ideas and carrying The construction of a new framework for energy is apromotion at the airport’s T-1 terminal. Do It out of projects. constant priority. At the Global Clean Energy Forum,in Barcelona is a program whose goal is to For a year, Barcelona will represent the Red INNPULSO, calling ple- the emphasis will be on studying the viability ofattract entrepreneurs, creative professionals nary meetings, directing deliberations and carrying out agreements. renewable sources of energy, both from the standpointand researchers to Barcelona, and the group Membership in the network lasts for three years of seeking out governmentis continually carrying out projects to promote more info: http://innpulso.fecyt.es subsidies and regarding thethe city as a destination for people who want to development of this type offurther their professional careers. energy in urban areas. more info: www.shineinbarcelona.com headquarters of the European Among the most prominentguides tO Help yOu BegiN yOur Forest institute participants are Fritz Vahrenholt, Chief Executivestay iN BarCelONa The European Commission has selected Barcelona as the location Officer of RWE Innogy and“Welcome to Barcelona”, “Setting up in of the European Forest Institute’s Policy Advice Group office, as the José Manuel Entrecanales,Barcelona” and “Online guide to Master’s city beat out competitors Brussels, Luxemburg, Geneva and Helsinki. Chairman and ChiefProgram” are new tools designed to offer support The European Forest Institute is an international organization whose Executive Officer ofto foreign professionals and companies that are mission is to advise the European Union and promote the conserva- Acciona, among many otherlooking to begin a new stage of their careers or tion and sustainable management of European forests, as well as important leaders of thebusinesses in the city. scientific research in the field. The arrival of the new office could energy sector from around more info: www.bcn.cat/barcelonabusiness help to develop an international hub of knowledge related to forestry, the world. www.barcelonaglobalmasters.com the environment and climate change. more info: more info: www.efi.int www.ihtcleanenergy.com
4Barcelona Good News It is often said that fashion, design and trends The recently published European Cities attractive countries in the world for trad- and Regions of the Future 2010/11 report ers. That Spain and Barcelona are “desir- contribute to the economic revitalization and by FDi –a magazine in the Financial able” can be seen in that 47% of retailers external projection of Barcelona, but the reverse Times group– featured Barcelona as are international (compared to 57.6% in is equally true: currently, the Barcelona brand the continental city with the fifth best the UK and 54.5% in the Arab Emirates), prospects. This result, which is the fruit a trend that may become accentuated by contributes to the economic revitalization and of more than six months of research, the decline in rental prices for stores and external projection of international designers, reflects the city’s strength in terms of shopping malls. manufacturers and investors who work in creativity, design and fashion; a strength that has grown over time and which Barcelona, fashion place Barcelona. by toni güell today puts Barcelona in the top ten of The study by CB Richard Ellis confirms cities preferred by the international retail with sound research a fact that people sector. In another recent study, How have seen for some time in Barcelona. global is the business of retail, by real One of the main arteries of the city in estate consultant CB Richard Ellis, notes terms of fashion, Passeig de Gràcia, has that Spain wrested the fifth place from seen the arrival in recent months of an Germany in the ranking of most impressive list of international compa-
the BranDery. UrBan Barcelona traDe show 2011 STANDING OUTThe next edition of The Brandery will confirm its desire to take the show far beyond Xperience, being located as it is in a city at the cutting edge of art and design. Thewhat is conventionally understood as a fashion show. The key to The Brandery. Urban show includes catwalks, the Blogger Meeting Point, exhibitions, competitions (inBarcelona Summer Trade Show 2011 is the hot spot concept, since the event is designed window dressing for stores in Barcelona, Madrid, Baleares and other parts of Spain,to become an intersection of urban fashion, live music (thanks to an agreement with for example) as well as a series of conferences such as The Laundry, the BranderyAdvanced Music, producer of the Sonar festival of advanced music and multimedia art laboratory of ideas, which will feature speakers like the economist Leopoldoand musical partner of The Brandery), trends, creativity, design and business. Abadía; Isabel Mesa, director in Spain and Portugal of Worth Global Style Network, neurophilosopher Inma Peñaranda, and Javier Nieto, professor of ESADE and EINAThe Brandery, therefore, is not only directed toward fashion but to a broader concept and president of the Santa y Cole group.of creativity, and in this sense, one of the strong concepts of this event is the Fashion 7 Barcelona Good News TODAy, BARCELONA MAINTAINS ITS INFLUENCE ON MANUFACTURING By PROMOTING DESIGN AND CREATIvITy AS CRUCIAL FACTORS TO INNOvATION AND GUESS opened a store in Passeig de in Latin America mentioned concepts online sales, which last year was 80%, COMPETITIvENESS. Gràcia in September and in November, from the field of creativity. reaching 21 million euros. the famous Tiffany Jewelry opened its In the same vein, one of the latest bits of first store in Barcelona in the same The Barcelona springboard news regarding Custo referred to their shopping boulevard. Secondly, we work Mango, in particular, is an example that intention of setting up shop in Peruvian actively with the events that promote the shows how Barcelona works to strength- cities in partnership with Ripley Chilean international position of Barcelona as en projects related to the fashion, design group of stores. The Catalan company a reference city in fashion and trends” and creativity sector, acting in many also plans to set up in Caracas (venezu- (events that are detailed in this article) cases as a springboard to grow interna- ela), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Quito (Ecua- “and we work for the recognition of the tionally. dor). These facilities would add to the 80 creative talent of the city”. This April, for example, it was announced stores that Custo already owns as well Finally, it is worth noting that the that Mango will create 1,500 jobs in as those that operate as franchises. promotion of fashion, design and the logistics park of Lliçà d’Amunt. The For its part, Desigual has strengthened creativity is not only a strategic Barcelona-based company’s complex its commitment to the German market approach by government agencies, but will be completed in ten years, but in and plans to open stores in the Hanover, rather a cross-cutting impulse that is just four years Mango hopes to double Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg and shared with the private sector which sales, profits and open 700 new outlets. Munich airports, adding to its presence in also participates with initiatives such The Lliçà d’Amunt project will give the twelve international airports such as Par- as the global competition: “El Botón” company 400,000 m2 from which it will is, Miami, Atlanta and Houston. Desigual, Mango Fashion Awards, with its prize of distribute to everywhere except China, which closed 2010 with a turnover of 435 300,000 euros. It is not surprising then where it already has another hub. Mango million euros (44% more than in 2009). that in the recent study Barcelona als totals approximately 10,000 employees It will also launch an office in Shanghai ulls del món (Barcelona in the Eyes of worldwide, has 81% of its business in to prepare its entry into China next year, the World) by ESADE Business School international markets and more than and is also investing resources in its an interesting fact emerged: when 2,000 outlets in 103 countries world- launch into the United States. It is also asked about Barcelona, 56% of U.S. wide. Its turnover grew 11% in 2010 and worth noting recent movements by Puig, respondents and 44% of respondents mention should be made of the rise in which with the acquisition of France’s
Jean Paul Gaultier strengthens its posi- the industry that goes back to the nine- the BrIDal sector tion in the fashion industry. The family teenth century), or Txell Miras, who has business closed 2010 with sales of 1,202 graduated from the ranks of promising million euros (up 22% over the previous young talent at the Passarel·la Gaudí to Barcelona Bridal Week year), and plans to inject resources into design a women’s line for Neil Barrett. Jean Paul Gaultier, which joins the Paco The 080 Awards have also launched The power of the Barcelona and Catalan bridal Rabanne, Carolina Herrera and Nina Ricci such names as Krizia Robustella, winner sector is patent in this trade show, that between firms, also controlled by Puig. of the last 080 Mentos Prize and creator 10 and 15 May attracted 235 bridal fashion brands of an eccentric and risky universe with an international representation of 40%. The Established talent that is at the same time elegant and fashion show includes Passarel·la Gaudí Núvies and young talent increasingly better known and also and the professional trade fair NoviaEspaña. The In addition, Barcelona has recently Juan Antonio Avalos. The strength of 2011 edition was attended by 15,000 professional celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the the city in creating trends in general is visitors, 60% of which were from some 50 foreign Andres Sardà firm with an exhibition of also shown by the profile of the Barce- countries. his most important work at the DHUB lona designer Estrella Archs, who after Museum, last February. The creative working with renowned professionals in Companies director of the company, Núria Sardà, Paris, Florence and Milan, developed a demonstrated the current strength of style centered on human movement that Pronovias: with 150 stores in 75 countries and 738 the firm with a collection inspired in has brought her to work with ballets, employees, closed 2009 with consolidated profit Mexican culture. The Sardà family is a sculptors and visual artists among oth- before tax of 50.5 million euros and sales of 140.88 clear example of the historical link be- ers. Estrella has designed for Nina Ricci, million, becoming the leading company in the tween textiles and Barcelona: they have Cacharel, Emilio Pucci with Christian sector. been a manufacturing family since the Lacroix, Prada and Emanuel Ungaro.8 nineteenth century, began exporting in 1965 and today have about 400 outlets MODEL KAROLINA KURKOvA AT THE BARCELONA Rosa Clarà Group: The last edition of “Barcelona és Moda”, organised by Barcelona Chamber of BRIDAL WEEK (PRONOvIASBarcelona Good News in Spain, Belgium, Germany and France. FASHION SHOW) Commerce, honored the Rosa Clarà Group in Armand Basi also forms part of this the category of “firm of international size and tradition. In 1948 it founded a workshop expansion”. The group sold over 40,000 dresses in that produced high quality garments 2010, with sales of around 71.4 million euros. It has and then built a great company; it is the 125 stores worldwide and is present in 4 continents. manufacturer and distributor of France’s Lacoste brand in Spain. In the 80’s, Basi Raimon Bundó: has been boosted with the licensing launched its own designs and currently of one of the most popular brands, Victorio & has over 400 stores in Spain, Europe, Lucchino, that it will distribute in its own shops North America and Asia. In a similar in Madrid and Barcelona and through its network vein, we find Sita Murt. Third genera- of 160 multi-brand clients in Spain and 200 in the tion of an Igualada textile dynasty, its world. Bundó, which has about 30% of its business garments have been seen in fashion in international markets, believes that growth will shows in New york, Paris, Berlin, as well reach 12% thanks to the new license. as Saló Gaudí and Pasarela Cibeles. It has stores in Spain and in Paris and their brands can be found in over 1,900 Data: outlets, 1,500 of them abroad. Catalonia exported 140.04 million euros in wedding dresses and accessories in 2010. the main the sardà have been a customers are eU countries (italy 15.7%, France manufacturing family 12.2%, Portugal 12%, germany 7.4%) and demand is since the nineteenth growing from eastern european and Arab countries. century and began in 2010, 45.06% of Spanish exports of wedding exporting in 1965 dresses and accessories were Catalan. the total Spanish exports reached 311.67 million euros. When speaking of Barcelona fashion, 10 out of 100 brides worldwide choose a Spanish mention must be made of Toni Miró, a design. pioneer of the sector in Spain who has in the evolution of Catalan exports non-knit achieved wide international recognition synthetic clothing has been particularly positive, in the fashion shows of Milan, Paris, increasing by 9% in one year, from 59.6 million in New york, Tokyo, etc. This designer is 2009 to 64.8 million in 2010. an example of the intrinsic relationship in Spain, almost 50% of companies specializing between Barcelona fashion and other in the bridal, communion and party industry are areas of creativity and art, as he has concentrated in Catalonia. the Spanish total is over worked with artists Antonio Canales and 700 and they employ around 13,700 people. Mariscal, the director Bigas Luna, Liceu the turnover of the sector of bridal, ceremony and Theatre (the stage curtain is a Miró de- accessories fashion amounted to 1,300 million sign) and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. euros according to data from the textile and Apparel Currently, the Barcelona creative breed- information Center (CityC – initials in Spanish). ing ground continues to bear fruit and the average expenditure on a wedding in Spain new ground is broken every year by with a hundred guests is eUR 14,500. the great young designers such as those promot- Spanish tradition of marriage makes it the country ing the platform 080 Barcelona Fashion. that devotes most money to wedding dresses and Noteworthy in this regard is Míriam accessories, after italy. Ponsa, whose team is now working on the premises of the old family factory Source: Barcelona Bridal Week and Generalitat de in Manresa (with a family connection to Catalunya, Ministry of Enterprise and Labour
FACTS AND FIGURES BARCELONA WORLDThe city’s facts and figures for 2010 shine by themselves, showing its will to grow anddevelop in many areas and the consolidation as an international benchmark in tourismand the organization of trade fairs and congresses. IntErnatIonal posItIonIng of BarcElona “Most admired city in the world for its city model and urban development” (Ernst & Young, 2011) “European Cities Monitor” (2010) 5th best European city for business / 2nd European city in progress / 1st European city in worker’s quality of life / 4th most well-known city in Europe / 6 th in internal transport / 8th in value for money in office space / 9 th in cost of staff 9 “Scorecard on Prosperity” (2010) Barcelona Good News 3rd in global prosperity / 1st in labour attractiveness “European cities and regions of the future” (2010) 5th in Europe / 1st in Southern Europe / 4 for human resources / 4th for facilities th “The Urban Elite-Global cities index” (2010) 26 th in the worldBarcelona is a dynamic economic motor with Barcelona has dynamic Leading Europeana diversified structure that is internationally renowned and flexible business activity city in quality of• Barcelona maintains its positive international positioning, in addition to being a highly • Barcelona is the headquarters of 458,918 life for thirteen recognized city brand. Barcelona is ranked among the top five best cities in Europe for companies, 14% of the Spanish total. They consecutive years doing business according to the Cushman & Wakefield European Cities Monitor, for the are mainly SMEs (98%), characterized by their • Barcelona was once again sixth consecutive year. Moreover, the city has maintained its top ranking on the list of the greater flexibility and ability to adapt to complex ranked first in 2010, for the best cities for workers’ quality of life, and stands out for its ranking as the second best environments. 13th year in a row, on the city in Europe as a business centre and fourth most recognized by European executives. • The rate of entrepreneurial activity (6.7%) sur- European Cities Monitor The city is also at the top of other rankings of international prestige, including that of FDi passes countries with long business traditions, list of the best European Magazine –a Financial Times magazine– which ranks Barcelona fifth in the list of European like Finland and Germany, as well as the Euro- cities for workers’ quality of cities and regions for the future 2010/11, and the Toronto Board of Trade Scorecard on pean (5.8%) and Spanish (5.1%) averages. A total life (Cushman & Wakefield). Prosperity 2010, on which it ranks third among the most prosperous cities in the world and of 6,094 companies were created in Barcelona in Furthermore, rankings first in attractive job markets. 2010, a rate of 3.8 companies created per 1,000 in American and British • The city of Barcelona’s gross domestic product (GDP) was €57,237 millions in 2006, inhabitants, and in the province of Barcelona 8.3 magazines like Forbes, with a per capita GDP of €35,800. In the distribution of gross value added by sector, the companies were created for each one that was Askmen, Monocle’s and Time significance of business services and real estate agencies is noteworthy, making up closed, putting it at the head of the ranking of Out show Barcelona among nearly one fourth of the total (24.3%), followed by collective services (20.7%), industry large urban areas in Spain in this respect. the best cities in the world (12.7%), retail and repairs (11.5%) and transport (9.6%). Additionally, the Barcelona • After the first ten years of the project, there are to live in, according to their Metropolitan Area has the most diverse productive structure in Spain. now 7,064 companies and some 4,400 freelance readers.• Barcelona has an important industrial sector, which employs 8.9% of all salaried workers located in the 22@Barcelona area, for a • In terms of sustainability, workers and makes up nearly half of all industrial jobs in Catalonia. Particularly strong total of 90,000 workers. Since 2000, some 4,500 the city is committed in this sector are the automotive (one of the main European producers) pharmaceutical new companies and 56,000 workers have moved to energy savings and and chemical, food products, electric materials and equipment, paper and graphic arts to the district, an average of 545 new companies efficiency, with considerable and waste treatment clusters. per year. Of these 4,500, 47.3% are new start-ups municipal effort going • The city promotes development of strategic value-added sectors like media, and the rest have moved from other locations. into developing renewable information and communication technology (ICT), biotech and medical technology, 30% of the companies are knowledge and energies and the generation energy, design, aerospace and mobility. It is also committed to research in the food technology intensive. of electricity. industry and the electric vehicle. • In the city of Barcelona, it takes 48 hours to start • In 2010, Catalonia’s GDP was €209,727 millions, 20% of the Spanish total. The Region’s up a new company. per capital GDP was 21% higher than that of the European Union. • The European Committee has shortlisted the ‘Barcelona Entrepreneurship Centre’ project for the European Enterprise Awards 2011, in the category of Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit.
Fernando Echegaray, BarceloNa airport Director10Barcelona Good News By sea Barcelona’s port and airport are two of the city’s transportation and business nerve centers, and are indispensable to the city’s functioning. Here, we speak with Barcelona Airport and By air Director Fernando Echegaray and Barcelona Port Authority President Sixte Cambra to learn about the evolution of the two sectors, their special achievements and future plans. BarceloNa port authority presiDeNt Sixte Cambra,
spotliGht oN The AirporT hAs Been selecTed As The BesT AirporT in europe By Aci europe And is 10Th in The Barcelona airport is here to serve the europeAn rAnking of catalan capital and the surrounding AirporTs. how hAve we territory as a whole, and it functions as a come so fAr? gateway to a region whose geographical The sizeable investments in the location is of strategic importance. in fact, enlargement of the airport, driven just this past March we received the skytrax by T1, the incorporation of the latest 2011 award for the best airport in southern technology in passenger services, europe, the importance of the prize the search for quality in everything stemming from the fact that it is based on that we offer our customers, surveys of over 12 million passengers from whether they are airlines or users,Fernando Echegaray around the world. this award is proof of the right now, we are preparing and great teamwork were the keythe enlargement that we have completed so privileged position held both by the airport both terminals for the arrival reasons why Barcelona Airport wasfar, with an investment from aena (the spanish and the region. of both the railroad and the chosen as the best airport by moreregulatory agency responsible for the country’s however, in addition to having a high- subway, and the spaces than 25 million passengers in Europeairports) of 5 billion euros has provided the air- quality and high-capacity airport, it is where the new stations will be in 2010.port with sufficient capacity so as to be able to important to create synergies among placed have been set aside. at Our goal now is to keep working togrow both in number of passengers, reaching the various infrastructures in order to any rate, the airport already achieve the best possible qualitya figure of 55 million, and in number of flights,with a maximum of 90 per hour. this has led generate more opportunities. one clear example would be the cooperation between has a connection via local train to the city center and results and to be innovative in the various services that we offer. 11 Barcelona Good Newsto new opportunities for airlines that, season Barcelona port and the airport, and since over 30 bus routes that cover We know we’re on the right trackafter season, have shown their commitment 2008 we have been working together to all the passengers’ possible thanks to the results of the latestto the airport by introducing new routes or streamline the visits of cruise passengers needs. in addition, the airport passenger surveys, wherein 92%increasing frequencies. this is clear from the to the city. in fact, with every season has free shuttle buses that of people in the survey rated the19% increase in total passengers over the first we institute new procedures and new take passengers from one airport’s services as either good orfour months of the year relative to last year. companies join in to become a part of them. terminal to the other. very good. What improvements haveWhat has the enlargement of theairport/port meant in terms of Thanks to this enlargement, how does Barcelona fit into been made recently in the train/subway connections keypassengers and traffic of goods? the global picture in terms of infrastructures? linking the airport/port and the city? quesTionSixte Cambra Barcelona port is a highly diversified over the last few months BArcelonA porT is 12Th inin 2008 we finished construction on two infrastructure, which has over 30 Barcelona port has made a europe in conTAiner TrAfficseawalls, which have generated a large specialized terminals in order to serve the 5.5 million euros investment And firsT in cruises. howspace of protected waters, where the various needs of all the economic sectors to adapt its two container did we reAch This poinT?port’s future cargo terminals are to be of its hinterland, which extends throughout terminals (tcB and tercat) to Within the new framework of world-located. the first of these new terminals the iberian peninsula and into the south the european rail gauge. this wide maritime trade (with a shift in thewill be the container ship terminal for prat of France. it is one of the Mediterranean’s makes us the only port on the largest amounts of cargo toward thewharf, which will be operational next year predominant logistical facilities, and its peninsula that is connected Asia-Europe axis), Barcelona Port hasand will have the capacity to process 2.65 aim is to become the chief logistical hub for to France via tracks of an unbeatable location that will allowmillion teu (a teu being the equivalent of southern europe, in part by consolidating international gauge, which gives it to continue to establish itself as thea 20-foot container) per year. the port will its role as the port of entry for asian us an important competitive main Euro-Mediterranean logisticalthus double its current capacity, which will products. advantage with respect to hub. With this goal in mind, the portreach the level of 5 million containers a Barcelona is the biggest spanish port in surrounding regions. drafted an ambitious strategic planyear. Barcelona port will also be finishing terms of international shipping lines, and that became a reality with the carryingconstruction on the enlargement of the it is also first in terms of turnover and of out of construction work to enlarge thesouth wharf during the coming year, which value of the goods that pass through it (in physical area of the port facilities andis the location of the Barcelona container 2010 the port handled products worth 55 with the development of the conceptterminal (tcB), which will allow this facility billion euros). of the “networked port,” which con-to gain 18 new hectares of operational as to trade of new cars, Barcelona is the sists of securing a strong presence insurface area. leading port in the Mediterranean and is the domestic market through a seriesas for passengers, the port has truly taken among the top four ports in all of europe. of maritime terminals in the Iberiangreat strides forward over the last decade. the port also has a central role in the Peninsula and the south of France.the port now serves over 3.4 million reception, storage and distribution of the We are determined to go aheadtravelers each year, 2.3 million of whom country’s energy resources, especially with this strategy and to developcome on cruises. natural gas (lNG). new policies geared to providing the best possible service to the final customer, and we intend to make Barcelona Port into a key link in foreign trade supply chains.
spotliGht oN F. E. since the new t1 terminal was opened, we have been continually instituting fernAndo echegArAy new systems and services with the aim Fernando Echegaray, Director of Barcelona Airport, was of improving and easing the passage the rise in fuel prices is an issue that born in 1959 in Barcelona. He has more than 20 years of of passengers through our facilities, has a direct impact on airline policy. experience in the aeronautical sector, both nationally and we have also been modifying some however, on an airport-wide scale i and internationally, and he previously held the position operations so as to adapt the airport to can tell you that since November 2009 of Airport Director of Grup Canarias, with over 32 meet the needs of the passenger flow the airport has been experiencing a million passengers, and was also Airport Director at12 and the installation of new airlines. We have incorporated new and improved steady increase in passengers. in 2010 we exceeded 20 million users, 6.5% Tenerife Sur Airport. After starting to work for Aena in 1985, he held variousBarcelona Good News information and security systems, more than the previous year, and the management positions in several departments of Palma increased the number of products on forecasts are still very positive. in fact, de Mallorca Airport. Later, he was Technical Operations sale and improved quality in several for the current summer season there Director of the Sociedad Mexicana Aeropuertos areas. at the same time, we are working are 22.2% more seats on offer from the Mexicanos del Pacífico, S. A., the company through on the t2 to optimize and unify the airlines, a figure that is evidence of the which Aena, by way of its subsidiary Aena Desarrollo terminal’s different spaces. recovery of the sector. Internacional, S. A., carries out work as airport manager of 12 airports with over 20 million passengers. Fernando Echegaray has degrees in Information Systems and Technical Industrial Engineering, and a postgraduate degree in General Management from IESE. What future enlargement What is being done to and renovation projects are stimulate the sector? planned for the airport/port? sixTe cAmBrA Sixte Cambra was born in Barcelona in 1952, and was named president of the Barcelona Port Authority by the Catalan government’s Territory Ministry last January. Cambra has a degree in Business Administration and an MBA from ESADE, and he has worked in S. C. Barcelona port is carrying out two key management positions in the textile industry in the total level of investment that initiatives to contribute to stimulating Catalonia, his most prominent activity being his Barcelona port will have attracted port activity. First, May saw the role as executive vice president of the executive between 2000 and 2014 will reach the launch of the new port de Barcelona headhunting firm Seeliger y Conde, of which he was one figure of 4 billion euros, 1.912 billion of efficiency Network quality program, of the founders (1990). He was also a CiU senator for which correspond to public investment which at its start had 35 member Barcelona following the Spanish general elections of by the port authority and 2.011 billion companies from the port community, 1993, 1996 and 2000. of which were provided by the private representing 60% of the volume of Apart from his professional activity, Cambra was sector. Between this year and 2014, foreign trade that passes through the vice president of FC Barcelona, and he was director construction work worth 852 million port. this is a quality assurance plan of the Trofeo Conde de Godó tennis tournament euros is to be carried out. as to public that guarantees that when goods pass from 1985 to 2008. investment, there are several projects through the port they do so according to worth of special mention (currently in a series of standards of quality, safety, various phases of planning or execution) transparency and efficiency. in the port Vell area, such as the at the same time, the port has designed wholesale renovation of the pescadors an ambitious program of rebates of pier and the second phase of Bocana port fees with the aim of increasing Nord. With respect to private sector strategically important traffic and activities in the port, the coming years contributing to improving the market will see a large degree of movement. in position of our clients’ products abroad. addition to the investment being made by hutchison to make its container terminal operational (500 million euros), there are several companies that operate in the port that are in the process of enlarging their facilities.
DO IT IN BARCELONA Nicolas Zink “Barcelona allows me to develop Both personally and professionally” 13 Barcelona Good News student first Nicolas Zink was born 28 years ago in Saint Germain en Laye (Paris), and although it was for reasons of work that he came to Barcelona, Nicolas had already decided that this city would be his living destination when he visited as a student. What i like the most… What I most like about the city is the quality of life and the overall atmosphere, which is relaxed and professional at the same time. I feel that the city is a perfect location, and its relatively small size allows for easy movement. It is also a very dynamic city in our sector, with a lot of motivated, skilled and well-educated people.“i fell in love with the city when i was Concentration of talent laborate with hundreds of agencies in Spain and Latin America who usea student and i came here to spend One of the key factors regarding work in his decision to come to Barcelona our generic template to develop digital publication projects with flash.four months interning at a large was the city’s role as a leader when it comes to design and the latest trends. We have technical offices in Paris and Romania (35 people), and our salesadvertising agency. When i finished As Nicolas points out, “Barcelona is an extremely dynamic city in the field of staff is present in about 20 countries. Here in Barcelona there are five ofmy studies, i decided to return to design and advertising. Beyond the big international agencies, I would point us, who work to provide support to our clients in Spain and our distributorsBarcelona to begin my working life to the multitude of small design and web agencies that seem to me to be in Latin America,” explains Nicolas.here. it was a real challenge!” says very dynamic and well integrated into the market. There is always a wide va- Barcelona also has served the company as a launching pad for the man-nicolas. during the last four years, riety of projects, ranging from local work to projects for international clients.” agement of relations with South America. “In Barcelona we are in constanthe has more than met the challenge, These conditions are highly positive when it comes to attracting talent contact with our two technical offices, which allows us to give completeas he has been building and opening from abroad, which livens and creates a positive feedback loop in the city’s support to all of our clients in South America. Through our web page andthe market for the company professional network, enriching the city’s labor supply. “I have noticed Google campaigns, from here we manage our strategy to continue to makeWebpublication, a complete online that there are more and more foreign designers that set up here to serve inroads into Latin America through distributors or our own employees,service for digital publications. customers outside Spain. The quality of life in Barcelona, along with its such as those in our office in Buenos Aires.” proximity to countries like France and England and the technological Innovation and renovation are also among the company’s chief and advances that make it possible to telecommute all lead me to believe that constant goals. “ This year we plan to launch hundreds of applications for the communication/design/publishing sector still has a lot of potential for tablets (iPad…), which will allow us to continue to develop digital publica- development in this city,” he says with conviction. tions that are ever more interactive and are for all kinds of devices (Inter- net, CD, iPad or Android tablets, etc.). The idea is to keep giving support to Webpublication the agencies that use and distribute our solution so that they can offer a And what is Webpublication? “Webpublication is an online tool that allows comprehensive digital publication creation service for all kinds of projects you to create interactive and personalized digital publications. We col- and all kinds of final clients,” he sums up.