Index number 50 /Corporate

Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the FORAN System

From left to right, Jorge Unda, José Manuel Soria, Jorge Sendagorta and Rafael de Góngora, at FORAN’s 50th anniversary event.

From left to right, Jorge Unda, José Manuel Soria, Jorge Sendagorta and Rafael de Góngora, at FORAN’s 50th anniversary event.

SENER commemorated the 50th anniversary of FORAN, its shipbuilding CAD/CAM/CAE system created by SENER’s co-founder José Manuel de Sendagorta in the 1960s and that today is the world leader in marine technology and, since its inception, it has served as the prime example of SENER’s ability to innovate and export.

The event was held at Madrid’s Casino under the auspices of SENER’s founder and Honorary President, Enrique de Sendagorta; the President of SENER, Jorge Sendagorta; the Managing Director of SENER, Jorge Unda; and the Marine General Manager of SENER, Rafael de Góngora. It was also attended by the Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, as well as Spanish FORAN clients, among them Navantia, Gondán, Abance, Construcciones Navales del Norte, Aries, Ghenova, Seaplace and the Spanish Ministry of Defense, and international FORAN clients from the UK, Japan. Singapore, Russia, Turkey and Brazil. The event also served as an homage to the people at SENER who made it possible for this system to be continuously reinvented and remain at the forefront of technology.

In this regard, Minister José Manuel Soria emphasized that FORAN is an important example of the Spanish industry’s ability to innovate and export. In fact, it was for this very reason that the Minister of Industry awarded it the Prince Felipe Award for Business Excellence in 2008. FORAN has also won two awards from the Spanish Maritime Cluster: the Miguel Pardo Prize (2009) and the Technology and Innovation Prize (2013).

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