This initiative represents a meeting point of all the interested parts and the idea behind it is to promote competitiveness and Spain’s role as a European leader in the sector
FENAVIN, aware as it is of the importance of being up-to-date on all technological and scientific advances taking place in the world of wine and of carrying out action plans in this sense, will be hosting the presentation of the Wine Technology Platform, which has been recently created by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
As explained by the Doctor in Science and member of the technical secretariat, Trinidad Márquez, this is the first Wine Technology Platform (PTV) with these characteristics to be created in Europe, "there is still no similar cluster in any European country that has a say in this sector", adding that it is a tool that will promote competitiveness and Spain's role as a European leader in the sector.
This forum is headed by the corporate world, but it serves as a meeting point for all the agents that are involved in the sector, ranging from wineries right through to the service industry, administration, institutions, corporate associations, regulation councils, universities, enological stations, etc. The very best professionals, scientists and technologists are working in this initiative, analyzing and executing action plans that are duly structured in accordance to the needs and strategies.
To begin with the PTV has been able to count with a subsidy of 276,000 Euros and more than one hundred public and private entities that have registered with the same. The idea is to officially organize the PTV during a constituent General Assembly to be held towards the end of this second quarter in order to then subsequently focus efforts on offering a forward-looking approach to the sector that will be materialized in the wine sector's Strategic Agenda.
Márquez also mentions that apart from informing and transferring knowledge on the needs and technological challenges that the wine growing and producing world is confronting, the platform will also coordinate Spanish and European public and private investments for projects and the partners' and collaborators' contracts; it will detect infrastructure and equipment needs; promote dissemination of R&D and innovation throughout the sector, creating and maintaining a website. The ultimate goal is to turn the sector into a technological and competitive standard of reference of an international scope.
The first entities to become members of the platform are nine: the Spanish Wine Federation; the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences; the Spanish Conference of Regulation Councils; the Vine Nurseries Association; the Group of Viniculture Companies, the Group of Centuries Old and Traditional Wineries and the Association of Family Run Wineries, all from the Rioja region; Winery Bodegas Miguel Torres and the European Wine Tech Project.
Notwithstanding, all companies and professional entities, such as those participating in FENAVIN, can join the PTV via the website www.ptvino.com without having to pay any type of fee.
During the lecture 'Presentation of the Wine Technology Platform and the Instruments of the Industrial Technological Development Center (CDTI) for Financing of Companies in the Wine Sector', which is to take place at FENAVIN on May 11th at 4:00 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2, the topic of how the CDTI will support financing of companies in the wine sector will also be covered. The CDTI, which represents a more general frame than the technology platform, is a public corporate entity that also depends on the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
The entity has been channeling applications for financing and support for R&D and innovation projects presented by Spanish companies covering both the national and international scope since the year 2009. The CDTI, with a staff of more than three hundred engineers and university graduates, puts a strategic network of offices at the disposal of the companies, with said network covering countries such as Japan, Belgium, Brazil, China, India, United States, etc. As explained by Eduardo Cotillas Provencio, of the Management Department for Global Innovative Markets and the Biotechnology, Health and Agri-Food Department of the CDTI, the entity grants financial aid to companies and facilitates access to third parties in national and international research and development projects.
It also offers support to companies in that pertaining to technological promotion and innovation programs, apart from multilateral cooperation projects (Eureka and Iberoeka) and bilateral projects with Canada, Japan, China, South Korea and South Africa. Another function of the CDTI that the expert Eduardo Cotillas has highlighted is its competence to issue motivated reports linked to the projects it finances, "providing companies with greater legal security in that pertaining to tax deductions and exemptions".