Acerinox’s Group and the General Foundation CSIC (FGCSIC in its Spanish initials) have reached a collaboration agreement on the program ComFuturo to work out well the youth investigation of excellence oriented to attain advances and improvements in productive processes of stainless steel.
The CEO of Acerinox, Bernardo Velázquez, and the General Director of the General Foundation CSIC, Miguel García Guerrero, signed the agreement which allows the company to transfers practical applications of scientific research developed by the public sector, in a clear example of private-public cooperation for the boost of Spanish science.
The ComFuturo program makes it possible for contributions from companies such as Acerinox to finance the hiring of young PhDs to work in areas of strategic interest to society. The business contribution also covers part of other research costs. The ComFuturo researchers are selected, by means of a public call, following a rigorous external evaluation process.
As part of this agreement, Acerinox supports as a research topic the recovery of slag generated during the manufacture of stainless steel for later use as aggregates in construction and agriculture. This research topic is framed within Acerinox Europa factory's sustainability strategy as a viable means to converting its current waste into products of value via the circular economy.
The Acerinox CEO, Bernardo Velázquez, underscored the value of the agreement “as a means for cooperation between the entities dedicated to research and education and the potential innovation and improvements for a company of an industrial nature such as ours”.
In turn, the General Director of the CSIC General Foundation, Miguel García Guerrero, highlighted “the importance of these examples of collaboration to promote the development of researchers’ skills and to prevent students from either dropping out of university degrees or heading overseas, as has occurred in recent years".