Spain's northern region of Cantabria has set up the country's first industrial cluster dedicated to the defence sector.
Backed by the regional government's development society (Sociedad para el Desarrollo de Cantabria: Sodercan) and the local Chamber of Commerce, it initially includes 18 companies and three local universities or colleges.
Most of the founding members are involved in the naval, electronics, and telecoms sectors, including Everis Aeroespacial, Defensa y Seguridad, and Erzia Technologies, whose CEO Luis García has been elected first president of the cluster.
García said that despite having an important presence in the region - whose capital city is Santander - the defence sector was "little visible" to society at large.
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