ABOUT US

ABOUT US

 
The Iberian Sustainable Mining Cluster (ISMC) brings together over 60 companies and organisations and approximately 1900 employees from the mining sector and its associated services. Our aim is to join efforts and attract relevant actors in the mining value chain across the national territory to promote sustainability and circularity while fostering growth, competitiveness and innovation.
We work alongside with our members and key regional, national and international institutions to consolidate the strengths of the mining industry globally, with particular emphasis on developing collaborative projects with our business and institutional partners in the European Union.
ISMC was founded in 2018 to halt the current decline of the mining sector in Spain, with special attention to the region of Castilla y León and the traditional mining areas of the Province of León, in Northwest Spain. Since then, we have broadened our horizons and scope, improving our outreach as an effective instrument to promote innovation in the mining sector both at national and European level.
Our activities and services are perfectly aligned with European policies, initiatives and smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) related to resource efficiency, sustainable development and circular economy. This alignment ensures our ability to integrate the Spanish mining industry in the global value chains through the development and use of innovative products, processes and services, with special attention to the achievement of a sustainable, low environmental impact mining, where natural resources are used in a smart, efficient way.

 

 

ISMC members are fully committed to develop an environmentally friendly, sustainable mining sector, strongly focused on providing the raw materials that will enable the transition to a clean, low carbon economy. To this end, we work closely with governments, universities, professional associations, technology providers and other related institutions to:
  • Plan the policies affecting the sector in the near future
  • Participate in projects for the development of new methods and technologies
  • Disseminate evidence-based knowledge to help society understand sustainable mining
  • Bring the value of raw materials and mining to the general public
  • Provide training and skills to new professionals in the field, enabling the development of the sustainable mine industry of the 21st century.

MISSION

Our mission is to consolidate a strong ecosystem of relevant companies in the Spanish mining sector and its associated services to accelerate the transition from the traditional mining industry to an innovative, sustainable one, with the ability to secure the raw materials that will shape the technologies of the future.
To this purpose, ISMC provides a comprehensive catalogue of services to help companies in the sector (with special attention to SMEs) incorporate new technologies, create new jobs, gain new knowledge and acquire competitive advantages through innovation and sustainable growth.
In addition, ISMC promotes industrial modernisation and digitalisation in the sector through cross-fertilisation and interaction with emerging industries such as advanced manufacturing, ICT, circular economy, environment and resource efficiency.

VISION

Our vision is an innovative, sustainable mining sector, fully integrated in the value chains of the future and capable of providing wealth and wellbeing to local communities; a safe, skilled and gender-balanced workforce, and competitive companies all across the mining value chain.
We pursue a significant impact on the European industrial competitiveness, innovation capacity and human capital, as well as the empowerment of small companies in the sector to lead the change towards a circular economy and the contribution towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

MISSION

Our mission is to consolidate a strong ecosystem of relevant companies in the Spanish mining sector and its associated services to accelerate the transition from the traditional mining industry to an innovative, sustainable one, with the ability to secure the raw materials that will shape the technologies of the future.
To this purpose, ISMC provides a comprehensive catalogue of services to help companies in the sector (with special attention to SMEs) incorporate new technologies, create new jobs, gain new knowledge and acquire competitive advantages through innovation and sustainable growth.
In addition, ISMC promotes industrial modernisation and digitalisation in the sector through cross-fertilisation and interaction with emerging industries such as advanced manufacturing, ICT, circular economy, environment and resource efficiency.

VISION

Our vision is an innovative, sustainable mining sector, fully integrated in the value chains of the future and capable of providing wealth and wellbeing to local communities; a safe, skilled and gender-balanced workforce, and competitive companies all across the mining value chain.
We pursue a significant impact on the European industrial competitiveness, innovation capacity and human capital, as well as the empowerment of small companies in the sector to lead the change towards a circular economy and the contribution towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ISMC is managed by a team of professional and industrial leaders who are selected by the cluster’s General Assembly among its members based on their experience in the mining sector and related services. They provide strategic guidance and management skills, playing a vital role in the implementation of ISMC objectives.
BOARD MEMBER POSITION  REPRESENTATIVE
Transportes Peal S.A.

Presidency

Juan Manuel Alonso Alonso
Fundación ICAMCyL

Secretariat

Dr. Santiago Cuesta López
Gesminle S.L

Vice presidency

Norberto Alfageme González
EPC España Sílex SL

Board member

Javier Muñoz García
Intauxma S.A

Board member

Gerardo Biaín González
Confedem

Board member

Vicente Gutiérrez Peinador
Tarma Bulk Solids Solutions SL

Board member

José Cordero Ramón
Segycal

Board member

Rafael Juárez Ferreras
Leonore Development

Board member

Raúl Fernández Abad
Centro Tecnológico Pinacal Inser

Board member

Aurelio de Grado

IP Control SL

Board member

Ignacio López Anquela

The Iberian Sustainable Mining Cluster (ISMC) is managed by a team of professional and industrial leaders who have been selected by the cluster General Assembly among its members based on their experience in the mining sector and related services. They provide strategic guidance and management skills, playing a vital role in the implementation of ISMC objectives.
BOARD MEMBER POSITION  REPRESENTATIVE
Transportes Peal S.A.

Presidency

Juan Manuel Alonso Alonso
Fundación ICAMCyL

Secretariat

Dr. Santiago Cuesta López
Gesminle S.L

Vice presidency

Norberto Alfageme González
EPC España Sílex SL

Board member

Javier Muñoz García
Intauxma S.A

Board member

Gerardo Biaín González
Confedem

Board member

Vicente Gutiérrez Peinador
Tarma Bulk Solids Solutions SL

Board member

José Cordero Ramón
Segycal

Board member

Rafael Juárez Ferreras
Leonore Development

Board member

Raúl Fernández Abad
Centro Tecnológico Pinacal Inser

Board member

Aurelio de Grado

IP Control SL

Board member

Ignacio López Anquela

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CLUSTER MANAGER

Dr. Santiago Cuesta López is the general director of the International Centre for Advanced Materials and Raw Materials of Castilla y León (ICAMCyL). He is also the general director and cluster manager of the Iberian Sustainable Mining Cluster (ISMC) and former director of the International Research Centre in Critical Raw Materials for Advanced Industrial Technologies (ICCRAM).

Santiago Cuesta promotes regional activities related to raw materials and, with ICAMCyL, he is project partner in the EIT RawMaterials. He represents Spain as member State in the Operational Groups of EU EIP Raw Materials. Cuesta is executive member of EU NANOFUTURES as chairman of the Working Group on Critical Raw Materials and member of the International Committee ISO/AENOR CTN 73 and the Strategic Expert Group (SEG) for EU M-era.Net network.

At the moment, Santiago Cuesta manages 8 international projects for ICAMCyL, some of them belonging to the Horizon 2020 programme. In the last 2 years, he has achieved 14 H2020 projects, coordinating 4 of them at EU level, including a FET-OPEN project, and attracting 3.5 M€ in funding for R&D. Santiago has been partner/director of more than 30 internationally funded projects, authored/co-authored more than 100 scientific publications and technical industrial communications and has received 5 reputed scientific awards.

CLUSTER MANAGER

Dr. Santiago Cuesta López is the general director of the International Centre for Advanced Materials and Raw Materials of Castilla y León (ICAMCyL). He is also the general director and cluster manager of the Iberian Sustainable Mining Cluster (ISMC) and former director of the International Research Centre in Critical Raw Materials for Advanced Industrial Technologies (ICCRAM).

Santiago Cuesta promotes regional activities related to raw materials and, with ICAMCyL, he is project partner in the EIT RawMaterials. He represents Spain as member State in the Operational Groups of EU EIP Raw Materials. Cuesta is executive member of EU NANOFUTURES as chairman of the Working Group on Critical Raw Materials and member of the International Committee ISO/AENOR CTN 73 and the Strategic Expert Group (SEG) for EU M-ERANET network.

At the moment, Santiago Cuesta manages 8 international projects for ICAMCyL, some of them belonging to the Horizon 2020 programme. In the last 2 years, he has achieved 14 H2020 projects, coordinating 4 of them at EU level, including a FET-OPEN project, and attracting 3.5 M€ in funding for R&D. Santiago has been partner/director of more than 30 internationally funded projects, authored/co-authored more than 100 scientific publications and technical industrial communications and has received 5 reputed scientific awards.

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