Spain's technology sectors have made dramatic advances in recent decades. In personalized medicine and electronic health records, in desalination, in renewable energy, and in many other areas, Spanish companies have built experience at home that they have taken overseas with great success.
In the transportation sector, Spain has built a remarkable network of high-speed rail lines, which stretch around the country and link major economic centers. This achievement has made Spanish rail a real inspiration. Here in the United States, President Obama presented Spain's rail success as a model when he detailed the administration's goals for our own rail system.
The Spanish health care system has consistently spent less as a percentage of GDP than other industrialized countries, while its citizens have enjoyed what the World Health Organization considers to be one of the very best health care systems. This has been achieved to no small degree because of the efforts and successes of Spanish companies.
The Spanish government, and Spanish companies, also bet heavily on renewable energy, and they are now enjoying the rewards. Not only does Spain boast a record percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources—wind, solar thermal power, and photovoltaic panels—but the companies that made it possible have since taken the lead in some of the most significant international renewable energy projects.
In the article that follows, you'll read about many accomplishments of Spanish companies, in sectors that span a wide range of technologies. Spain's advances have led to success for industries not just in Spain, but around the world.
Introduction by Kathleen D. Kennedy
President, MIT Enterprise Forum; Chief Strategy Officer, Technology Review