One of the pillars of Befesa’s R&D strategy is external collaboration. This is primarily executed via research groups and institutions, public research centres, universities and other industrial enterprises with whom Befesa frequently collaborates on R&D projects.
Befesa is a founding partner of the Basque Innovation Agency, which seeks to coordinate and promote innovation in the Basque Country. Befesa is also a member of the Labein Tecnalia Foundation, a private technology centre with significant business involvement that creates partnerships within their markets to develop innovative capacity using technology as a tool to increase competitiveness. Befesa has developed projects in collaboration with institutions such as Acciona Infraestructuras R&D, Cooperativa Mondragón, Edertek Fagor Ederlan, CIE Automotive and ICM-CSIC (in Spain), IAB and Ibutec (in Germany) and NTNU (in Norway).
Befesa is also undertaking projects in collaboration with universities such as the University of the Basque Country, the University of Valladolid and the University of Oviedo (in Spain) and with the University of Leoben (in Austria), where Befesa is contributing to the project funding of the competence network for the assessment of metal-bearing by-products (COMMBY).