CEDEPA, based in Navarre, Spain is a joint development company for rigid polyurethane panels operated by Dow Chemical and Italian machinery maker Saip. Simon Robinson visited the site
Navarra, situated nearly three hours by train from Barcelona and an hour from Zaragoza, may seem like a strange place to locate a demonstration plant to show companies how to make insulated panels but it fits with the local government’s aims to invest in innovation said Javier Carnicer, technical service and development director, EMEA, Dow Chemical, a co-director of CEDEPA.
CEDEPA is the acronym of centro de desarrollo del panel en continuo, or continuous panel development centre. It is a joint venture between Dow Chemical and Saip.
Carnicer said the firms looked at a number of possibilities before deciding on Tudela: “Italy was a possibility because Saip is Italian, Dow was neutral but the decision was influenced by the good and long lasting relationship with the local government of Navarra.
The government of Navarra is strongly in favour of renewable energy and is a net contributor to the Spanish energy grid. The region is well advanced in its commitment with innovation and also has higher GDP than the average in the EU, he said.
Carnicer said: “Navarra produces more renewable energy than it consumes”. One of the visible signs of the region’s commitment to renewable…