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ZUBIOLA joins the IDEKO network of collaborating companies

ZUBIOLA joins the IDEKO network of collaborating companies
  • The research centre and the Basque cooperative that specialises in cutting tools are strengthening their collaboration in R&D&I, technological trends and recruitment and transfer of research personnel.
  • IDEKO is putting a highly qualified and specialised team at the disposal of ZUBIOLA, which will contribute to addressing the manufacturer's challenges.

IDEKO, the research centre specialising in advanced manufacture, has incorporated ZUBIOLA into its network of collaborating companies. It is one of the leading companies in the manufacture of special cutting tools for the industrial sector.

The agreement, signed by the manager of ZUBIOLA's R&D and Technical Department, Oihan Aizpuru, and by IDEKO's managing director, Nerea Aranguren, enables the Basque research centre to strengthen its collaboration with the company in the field of R&D&I, new technological trends and the recruitment of research talent, and thus become the technology partner that will accompany the company in the new projects and challenges that it faces.

“The alliance established with ZUBIOLA is part of our commitment to establish links with industry with the aim of strengthening collaboration and technology transfer", said Aranguren.

The Guipuzcoa cooperative ZUBIOLA specialises in the manufacture and supply of PCD and PcBN special cutting tools for the automotive, aeronautics, timber industry and construction sectors, and it maintains strategic alliances with top international manufacturers such as Renault, Airbus, Arcelor Mittal, John Deere and Ibermática, among others.

Through the strategic collaboration agreement reached, IDEKO will provide ZUBIOLA with the technology advice necessary for the cooperative to be able to define and develop its strategy as regards research and development, and will put at its disposal a highly qualified and specialised team to be able to respond to the challenges of the sector.

Furthermore, the Basque research centre will provide the cooperative with updated information on the latest technological trends and innovations relating to its activity.

For its part, the cutting tool manufacturer will be able to use the latest generation facilities and equipment at the centre in order to carry out the tests and trials necessary in its product and process development projects. It will also be able to associate its brand with IDEKO's, so it can display the strategic collaboration between both entities at trade fairs, specialised forums and events in which it takes part.

Finally, the incorporation of ZUBIOLA in the IDEKO network of collaborating companies will allow it to have preferential access to trained research personnel at the research centre, both in the planned transfer of personnel with ‘ad-hoc’ training, and through the recruitment of people who are completing their training stage at IDEKO through grants, end of degree and end of masters or doctorate projects.

This collaboration model is of strategic importance when addressing the double challenge of consolidating the specialisation and training of qualified professionals and researchers and retaining them in the local area.

IDEKO maintains an active policy of agreements and alliances with the aim of generating synergies, strengthening collaboration and seeking complementarity with other international companies and bodies. In this context, the entity cooperates with the University of Bremen in the development of innovative solutions in the field of grinding, within the Digital Grinding Innovation Hub space, with ETH Zurich in order to advance in research on the thermal behaviour of machinery, and with the Universities of Waterloo and Budapest in the field of dynamic machine control and the modelling of machining processes.