The modern economic development of Baena is based on technological implementation both in the traditional olive sector and in new companies
Technology is the basis of modern Baenenses companies
INNOVATION AS THE BASIS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The 21st century has brought new challenges to industrial production and new initiatives have emerged with the aim of diversifying an economy with a markedly agricultural nature and developing traditional sectors with new manufacturing technologies.
Baena faces the new century with an incipient economic development
The publications that in the first decades of 1900 made reference to the Baenense productive model , highlighted the extraction of olive oil as their main base . However, this clear distinction in the province, being the municipality with the largest number of mills, was not accompanied by the expected technological development and for decades the sector was characterized by its fragmentation and the maintenance of archaic manufacturing systems. In the last quarter of the century, the situation had changed drastically and together with the associative movement that grouped small producers into agricultural cooperatives, a technological implementation was generalized that would relegate the image of the old oil mills and would establish themodern facilities where today one of the most renowned olive oils in the world is produced.
For its part, the lack of diversification , even more pressing after the decline of the textile sector that led to the closure of important industrial centers in the city, has been compensated in recent years with the installation of new companies, several of them initiative local, which cover very varied production fields and serve an international market in which the name of Baena is progressively positioned as a benchmark for quality and technological innovation