For the acting Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, improving the measurement capabilities available in a country is essential to enhance and support the processes of technological innovation and industrial development.
The acting Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has presided over the commemorative events of the 30th Anniversary of the Spanish Metrology Center (CEM), located in the Madrid town of Tres Cantos. Coinciding with this anniversary, the minister attended the ninth Intercongresses Metrology 2019 seminar, dedicated to the role that metrology can play in contributing to the resolution of major social challenges and the opportunity presented by the recent revision of the international system of units.
Ministry of Industry, Commerce and TourismDuring his speech, Reyes Maroto has highlighted the importance of metrology, "present in our day to day". For the minister, improving the measurement capabilities available in a country is essential to enhance and support the processes of technological innovation and industrial development. "Without good measurements there is no quality, and without quality there is no competitiveness or future for the economy", he commented.
In terms of future challenges, metrology must address the challenge of ecological transition, the second quantum revolution, industry 4.0 or improving health.
In industrialized countries it is estimated that the measures have an economic cost of more than 1% of GDP and that they provide a return of between 2% and 7%, so metrology is a vital part of the daily activity of the society.
The 30th anniversary of the CEM coincides with another historic milestone, the revision of the International System of Units (SI), whose entry into force took place on Monday May 20, World Metrology Day. An unprecedented review, according to Minister Maroto, since the official adoption of the international system of measures in 1960, since it addresses the redefinition of 4 basic units such as kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mol providing greater stability to this field of science.