Impulso I+D+i

Research and development are key factors for consolidating and raising the companies’ competitiveness level

Promoting R&D

Grupo SEPI spends on innovation 146 M€, which amounts to 3.6% of the turnover. This figure is above the national average in this field.

Currently, our companies are leading 162 projects within the R&D field.

SEPI focus its management on approving the activities of its companies, providing advice before organizations and institutions, and evaluating environmental situations. SEPI finances projects through a fund for promoting research.

The modernization of industrial and management processes constitutes a hallmark of Grupo SEPI, not only as an essential requirement for achieving better products and services, but also as an element for answering Society’s demands.

Innovation is also focused on managing skills and on making use of the new ways of communication for making known to citizens the companies’ activities.

SEPI promotes the digitalization of the production and services processes of its companies, taking an active role in that transformation.

With the goal of meeting the innovative challenge, the following initiatives are promoted:

Entry into Fundación Cotec

As part of its commitment with innovation, SEPI became a member of the Board of Trustees of Fundación Cotec for Innovation in 2018, as a full Member. This entry answers one of the entity’s commitments for promoting R&D.
 
Awards to innovation 

Fundación SEPI has organized the the first Awards to Innovation, whose goal is acknowledging the innovative ideas, initiatives or methods supplied by employees or by groups of workers from the companies belonging to the state-owned group.

This award, which will be called every year, is born as a result of SEPI’s strong interest in promoting innovation within the holding, as shown by the setup, within the management structure of this state-owned company, of a new unit focused on digital transformation.

The award features two categories: one for technological initiatives, and another for ideas of a different nature based on knowledge. Each of them is endowed with a 3,000 € prize.

Any worker or group of workers currently employed by Grupo SEPI can submit an application for these prizes. 

Get more information about the first Awards to Innovation of Fundación SEPI awarded to employees from a Minas de Almadén y Arrayanes (MAYASA) and from CORREOS. 

The new Innovation and Digital Transformation unit 

The promotion of innovation within the whole Group is also in evidence with the setup of a new unit focused on digital transformation, as part of the managerial structure of the state-owned company. 

How to progress through innovation 

Fundación SEPI organized a monographic symposium on innovation on January 22nd, at Campus Los Peñascales, which featured a speech by Ms. Cristina Garmendia, president of Fundación COTEC and trustee of Fundación SEPI, with a paper titled “Innovation for a more human future". 

There was also a talk followed by a discussion on “The digital challenge: the corporate look” which was chaired by Agencia EFE’s chairman, Mr. José Antonio Vera, and in which took part the chairmen from Indra, Mr.  Abril-Martorell, that of Red Eléctrica de España, Mr. José Folgado, and that of NAVANTIA, Mr. Esteban García Vilasánchez.

During her speech for the closure of the symposium “How to progress through innovation”, SEPI’s then chairwoman, Ms. Pilar Platero, stated that the holding wants to play a very active role in the transformation process through innovation. 

SEPI announced that this financial effort will increase in the next financial years, providing more support to the companies through a financing fund for this purpose which already exists.