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Haas opens first HTEC in Catalonia in an industry-funded school


In September Haas Automation inaugurated its first HTEC in the Catalonia region of Spain.
Located at the Fundacio Lacetània in Manresa, approximately 40km northwest of Barcelona, the new HTEC has been founded on an investment of €200,000 in new machinery which will help train highly skilled professionals to serve in the strong local manufacturing sector. Over 50 people attended the Grand Opening, including local captains of industry and the Minister of Education for Catalonia.


The Lacetània Foundation was created in 1990 by the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Manresa with the aim of promoting vocational training, formal education, employment and learning. The addition of the HTEC to the foundation’s El Centre de Formació Practica is seen as a significant boost to the region’s economy.


During the ceremony, Gerard Guitart, Director General of Haas in Spain, explained that there is high regional demand for professionals in manufacturing and welcomed the willingness of the CFP to help meet this requirement. Simon Vanmaekelbergh, HTEC & Educational Partnership Coordinator at Haas Automation Europe, added that the economic success of a region is directly associated with the availability of technically qualified individuals, stating that now is a good time to be studying technology-based subjects.


The aim of the HTEC is to offer students a relevant, practical education based on the use of the latest CNC machine tools. The goal is that graduates of the HTEC can hit the ground running in local manufacturing industry. Among the Haas machines installed at the CFP is a UMC-750 universal five-axis milling center and an ST-10Y CNC lathe with Y-axis capability.


As a result of opening the new HTEC in Catalonia, regional companies can now liaise with a dedicated training centre and select professionals capable of performing the work they require. Today there are over 100 HTECs in Europe and more than 2500 worldwide – all looking to achieve excellence in education through best practices and advanced manufacturing techniques.