"Immediate invest" in technology needed to ensure shipbuilding future
Aclunaga and Asime boost an industrial project 4.0 to use in sector and require support to Government
Galician shipbuilding industry has an urgent target to ensure its market survival, to engage on the 4th industrial revolution (4.0) developing new technologies and automation in all value chain, from shipyards to components and services companies. And invest “must be immediate if we wish to be competitive as competitors move forward”, explains Óscar Gómez, Aclunaga Cluster Managing Director, with an example: in Spain there are 39 shipyards and 74 of great sizes with technology underway in Turkey.
Sector has set up yesterday 4.0 industry implementation basis by performing an International Forum of Technologies in Vigo where five possible applications within the shipbuilding were introduced: artificial vision, enhanced reality, monitoring, automation and co-operative platforms.
It is a project headed by Asime and Aclunaga together with Foro Marítimo Vasco and several European associators and counts on the Diputación de Pontevedra (province body) support. “Shipbuilding sector needs a greater innovative effort along value chain to get wealth and employment and to improve short term competitiveness”, point Rafael Outeiral out, Vice- President for Asime.
Both organizations appeal Government to “boost and support shipbuilding sector”, a strategic sector that handles 14,000 direct jobs in Galicia, the hardest core in Vigo.
Carmela Silva, the President for the Diputación, stand up for the use of European funds “to keep industrial leadership”, while the mayor, Abel Caballero, advocated for the “sector co-operation and the end of industrial small holdings”. Benito Núñez Quintanilla, General Manager for Marina Mercante also took place at the opening, supporting new technologies use “as distinguishing element to continue being a competitive sector”.
Just 30% of the Galician shipbuilding sector companies have automatic productive process and use new technologies and sector advocate for spreading in other activities. “We have a complicated situation by productive cycles and working load falls down that make invests unprofitable”, pointed the Managing Director for Aclunaga out.
(Source: Atlántico Diario)