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The naval sector launches a plan to gain competitiveness and create 1,700 jobs in six years

Shipyards in Vigo and Marin participate in the initiative of Navantia, Siemens and Pymar, which expects to generate an impact of 3,000 million.

Shipyards in Vigo and Marin participate in the initiative of Navantia, Siemens and Pymar, which expects to generate an impact of 3,000 million.

The naval, commanded by the public company Navantia and Pymar (Small and Medium Shipyards Reconversion Company), launches a modernization plan for the next six years. With the giant Siemens as a "reference technological partner", this unprecedented alliance of the sector has presented to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism a program with which it plans to generate an impact on the economy of more than 3 billion euros and the creation of 1,700 new jobs. The plan will help the industry gain competitiveness through digital and environmental transformation. To this end, six tractor lines have been defined covering 21 initiatives with more than 90 projects up to 2026. "In the field of private shipyards, they have been identified as the main levers that improve competitiveness, process automation, production diversification and environmental sustainability," explains Pymar. Nodosa Shipyard, Armón Vigo, Cardama Shipyard and Metalships & Docks are among the 15 shipyards that are part of the project, although the rest of the city shipyards within Pymar have also been contacted.

Called Program for the Transformation of the Naval Sector, the plan is focused on the COVID funds and aims to generate during the performance period an increase of 6% of the turnover of the sector and between 15% and 20% of its competitiveness. In addition to the creation of these 1,700 jobs, some 30,000 people from different provinces of Spain will be trained in the digital field. Meanwhile, on the environmental level, emissions are expected to be reduced by 50,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent over the next six years.

The plan was born with the expectation of being transversal and in addition to the 15 participating shipyards, also has a total of 65 "relevant companies of the naval industry", seven technological partners and twenty knowledge suppliers and universities "have already confirmed their interest in being part of this programme". "For its elaboration, complex transformation projects have been identified and defined that cover the entire value chain of the Spanish naval industry and that have a great tractor effect on the national industrial fabric," said the promoters.

Source: Faro de Vigo

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