has enabled R&D contract between the University of Burgos and the 1st global steel company, ArcelorMittal



02 November, 2013   News

Burgos University is going to collaborate with the Spanish subsidiary of ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, in order to develop, led by Dr. Joaquín Pacheco, professor in the area of Quantitative Methods for Economics and Business, and his team, software for the optimization and rationalization of operations of steel and aluminum production and the management of different orders.

Specifically, this software, periodically, is going to perform optimal grouping of customer orders in homogeneous and compatible formats. The benefits of the implementation of this software are many: improved internal logistics within the company, occupied space reduction, greater simplicity in the organization, reduction in various costs (transportation of materials, stocks) and ultimately greater efficiency and effectiveness in the different operations.

This collaboration has come about via a Marketplace platform that works with the UBU, INNOGET. Through the platform, the company ArcelorMittal published its technological need and the researcher Joaquín Pacheco, with the help of technicians from the TTO, proposed a solution which was very well received by the company.After that, the first contacts between the University and the company began, culminating with the signing of an R&D contract

Through this platform (INNOGET), which manages the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Burgos (TTO), your users can publish their technology requests, identify solutions / partners for their R&D and innovation needs, propose solutions to the published requests, post technology offers, find technology and/or commercial partners for your products, technologies or innovative services, etc..

ArcelorMittal. It is the world's largest steel company, with a workforce of more than 245,000 employees in more than 60 countries and is regarded today as the only truly global steelmaker.
Through its industrial presence in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, the group has access to key steel markets, both in developed and emerging markets. In Spain it has plants in Avilés, Gijón and Sagunto. These plants are the only integrated steel plants in Spain. In the future, ArcelorMittal will concentrate its efforts on developing its position in the Chinese and Indian markets, characterized by strong levels of growth.

ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging. It has a leading position in R&D and technology, as well as sizeable captive supplies of raw materials and outstanding distribution networks. ArcelorMittal’s financial results for 2012 show a turnover of 84.213 billion dollars (USD), with a production of 88 million tons of crude steel, accounting for around 10% of world steel production. Mining production in 2012 was 56 million tons of iron and 8.2 million tons of coal. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MTP), Brussels (MTBL), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS ). Research and development: ArcelorMittal has 12 research and development centers, with more than 1,500 employees. In Spain there are two: in the Basque Country and Asturias. It is precisely the R&D center of Asturias with which this collaboration agreement is signed.

DR. Joaquín Pacheco. He has taught at the University of Burgos for over 25 years. Since December 2009 he has been Professor in the area of Quantitative Methods for Economy and Business within the Department of Applied Economics. PhD in Mathematics (branch of Statistics and Operative Research ) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1994 . His research interests focus on the design of mathematical and computer methods to help make optimal decisions in different fields. We should highlight its applications to real problems such as public transport, health resources, production and logistics among others. Applications also include data mining (cluster design, neural networks, pattern recognition and classification). He coordinates the research group in metaheuristic techniques (GRINUBUMET) registered at the University of Burgos. He has directed eight doctoral theses in the abovementioned lines, and has had 30 papers published in indexed journals. He is also an advisor of a number of these magazines and sits on the editorial board of some of them.

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