Agreement signature between the EIB and DANOBATGROUP

The European Investment Bank supports DANOBATGROUP´s innovation strategy


The financial institution of the European Union grants a loan of 10 million euros for RDI activities to the first Spanish machine tool manufacturer.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 10 million agreement with Danobat S. Coop., a cooperative integrated in DANOBATGROUP, for its RDI activities in the field of machine tools. This loan supports the innovation strategy of the group in the field of machine tools; a bet that the Basque industrial group considers essential to improve its competitiveness and the competitiveness of its customers.

The finance contract has been signed during the "Apoyo a la Innovación en España" event, organized by the EIB Group in Bilbao, by the CEO of DANOBATGROUP, Iñigo Ucin Azcue, and the Vice-President of the EIB, Román Escolano and will finance RDI activities during 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The EIB loan will support investments linked to three types of products: grinding, turning and equipment for manufacturing composite structural parts, in order to develop new solutions in these fields.

DANOBATGROUP, first Spanish machine tool manufacturer, is a group associated with the MONDRAGON Corporation, which employs 1,180 workers. The EIB loan supports the group´s strategy for sustained RDI, whose research focuses on high added value advanced manufacturing, and who spends 9% of its turnover for innovation purposes. More than half of its workforce is highly qualified, and 29% is dedicated specifically to research activities.

The project is supported by “InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators”, a new range of EIB Group products which benefit from the financial support of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments and are designed to facilitate access to finance for innovative businesses. The RDI investments will be carried out in Spain and will be implemented until 2017.