Asime promotes new synergies with Colombia and Argentina in Navalia
The Galician Metal Association organized several meetings with business delegations from both countries at the exhibition
The Association of Metal Industries and Associated Technologies of Galicia, Asime, organized several business meetings with business delegations from Argentina and Colombia, within the framework of its participation in Navalia. “In Galicia we have a very high-quality level in the shipbuilding-maritime segment, where we can make a strategic leap. The meetings held have generated great interest and have served to open up synergies and business opportunities in an international level, where our industry is very well positioned and valued for its good work and experience”, said Enrique Mallón, General Secretary of Asime.
The meetings day began with the reunion organized in collaboration with the Consulate of Argentina in Vigo, which was attended by more than 20 companies. On behalf of Argentina, representatives of the main shipyards were present, as well as port services or naval engineering. Horacio Martín Doval, the Argentine Republic General Consul in Vigo, highlighted: ‘Argentine Consulate is very active, we carry out more than 5,000 activities a year and some of them are participations at leading Galician trade fairs, where collaborating with Asime is very close, and we are already working to bring a large delegation of companies to Mindtech trade fair next June’.
Asime also met with a Colombian group of companies, meeting organized in co-operation with Andi's Fedemetal Chamber. The maritime cluster of Cartagena Chamber of Commerce, the country's main shipyards and industrial cooling, training and machinery companies were present at it. Juan Manuel Lesmes, Andi´s Executive President, highlighted: ‘It is essential to promote value-added relationships. Colombian shipyards, in particular, are going to start a large production of ships, for which they need close co-operations with solid auxiliary industries such as the Galician one, in order to promote synergies between knowledge and technology’.
From its stand in Navalia, Asime claimed the importance of Galician maritime shipbuilding industry and the opportunity to relaunch it at a national and international level: ‘Shipbuilding industry is a strategic sector for industrial strengthening and with a high driving capacity that covers the entire value chain, from construction to repair to maintenance. With the arrival of the European recovery funds, we trust in a relaunch of the sector will allow Galician shipyards and the entire auxiliary industry to take breath and reinforce their stability with new draft contracts. This, added to the start of the F-110 frigates, will undoubtedly contribute to boosting the sector, which is experiencing a convulsive moment due to the perfect storm of uncertainties that is shaking all industries, including naval-maritime”, highlighted Mallón.
(Source: Industrias Pesqueras)