Dr Marcos Gallego Llorente, Principal
Dr Marcos Gallego Llorente is the Principal of the Manufacturing division. He helps organisations respond to the most pressing challenges facing their industries, including developing new recyclable and bio-based materials, integrating AI into their production processes, and adapting their manufacturing methods to support the emerging Circular Economy. Marcos is based in Madrid, and leads the firm’s division in Spain. He is responsible for strategy development, expert team management, and the delivery of consulting projects in areas such as infrastructure, chemicals, materials, and mobility.
Marcos has worked with IBEX35 and Fortune Global 1000 corporations, most often reporting directly to the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Heads of Innovation, or Heads of Innovation Strategy. He helps his clients identify, evaluate, and integrate innovative technology into their portfolio, and is adept at finding novel uses for emerging technologies that can be developed into profitable business models.
Marcos is motivated by seeing how key traditional players, once armed with the right strategy, state-of-the-art IP, heavy investment, and close ties to universities, can adapt to changing demands and regain their competitive advantage against new challengers.
Marcos has extensive experience in policy-writing about emerging technologies for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and in developing commercial strategies for regional emerging markets. He is an adjunct professor of Innovation at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs. Recently, he was named as one of the 300 Global Leaders in Circular Economy. He is fluent in English, Spanish, German, French and Icelandic, and is currently learning Arabic.
MSc Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Imperial College London
University of Cambridge
CONNECT WITH MARCOS
m.gallego [at] camin.com
+34 697 403 767
grand challenge 1
PRICE VOLATILITY OF CONVENTIONAL, TOXIC PETROCHEMICAL FEEDSTOCKS
Over the past two decades, the plastics industry has struggled with the price volatility of petrochemical-based feedstocks. These feedstocks are the conventional choice when producing more complex types of plastic materials. However, the industry is currently transitioning from its use of petrochemical-based feedstocks towards new, more sustainable feedstocks, including those derived from biological oils. This transition will leave plastics manufacturers less exposed to the fluctuations in the prices of petrochemical-based feedstocks, as the biological materials that contain the oils used to create these alternative, sustainable feedstocks are typically available in abundance. The development of bio-based feedstocks is also likely to lead to new types of plastic materials with more desirable properties and lower levels of toxicity than those manufactured using conventional petrochemical-based feedstocks.
grand challenge 2
COMPLYING WITH EU RECYCLABILITY AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY REGULATIONS
The plastics industry must also pursue new processes to generate polymers from recycled sources, including types of recycled waste and production waste. These recycling-focused processes will improve the efficiency of the plastic manufacturing process by reducing the waste of feedstock materials during production and decreasing manufacturers’ dependence on the volatile prices of feedstock products. It will also reduce the plastics industry’s exposure to more stringent environmental regulations, which are beginning to affect this sector.
grand challenge 3
COMPETITION FROM EAST ASIAN COMPANIES
European infrastructure and construction companies must respond to recent innovations in construction practices and tools. Important developments include the introduction of new types of heavy machinery on “mega” scale construction projects, the use of novel construction materials, the development of construction robots, and the increasing digitalisation of the planning process for large and complex construction projects. These developments will redefine the way that this sector operates. East Asian companies, however, are already driving the development and implementation of these innovative machines, materials, and processes. Working in conjunction with universities and research institutes, these companies are developing state-of-the-art construction machinery, automatisation techniques, novel materials, construction robots, and methods of digitally tracking the progress of construction projects. They are also developing technologies that can make buildings and infrastructure more sustainable, including efficient solar power and battery storage technologies. Competitors from Asia have also recently won large construction contracts in important markets, including the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. European construction and infrastructure companies must respond to their East Asian competitors’ leadership in this sector by developing and implementing similar innovative processes and tools, to regain their competitive standing in this sector. Alternatively, they will need to invest in distinct, technology-heavy business models, further removed from their traditional place in the construction sector.
UAV 3D mapping;
Long shelf-life self-healing asphalt;
Crowd management algorithms,
Future airports & highways; etc.
chemIcals & materials
Lightweight specialty polymers;
aerospace & defence
Metallic 3D printing;
Electromagnetic shielding; etc.
automotive & transport
Next-gen maglev trains;
Biofuels & next-gen batteries;
High-friction tyres, etc.
Our industries of focus in Manufacturing.
Early-stage technology commercialisation of innovative production process for oligosaccharides through technology benchmarking and market entry strategy.
Our most recent projects in Manufacturing.
Our most recent µInsight in Manufacturing.
The future global impact of smart nanocoatings
Driven by rapid urbanisation, infrastructure development and recovery of the global housing market, the demand for industrial protective coatings is increasing. These coatings have applications in various industries, including infrastructure and construction, oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, marine and electronics. In recent years, manufacturers and vendors have started moving towards eco-friendly water-borne coatings and new technologies that could decrease coating deposition time and volume, reduce environmental impact and cost. However, the introduction of novel coating technologies and sustainable practices remains one of the key market challenges. Increasingly protective coatings are desired to be functional as well as decorative and exhibit additional properties. The emerging innovation trends focus on the development and introduction of multifunctional smart coatings and nanocoatings. Nanocoatings are regarded as the most promising high-performance new coating type for construction applications. Compared to conventional coatings, they are more cost-effective, energy-efficient, easy-to-apply and environmentally friendly.