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The 2014 awards of the Association for the Promotion of the Port of Tarragona (APPORTT), now in its twelfth year, honoured ChemMed Tarragona as the most active company in the exterior promotion of the port area which seeks to consolidate Tarragona on the global map of the chemical industry and logistics sector.

The judges considered that ChemMed Tarragona bases its strategy on publicising its assets and positioning the Port of Tarragona on the worldwide chemical industry and logistics map.

The APPORTT awards aim to recognise the work of organisations and companies that devote their efforts to promoting the Port of Tarragona.

Among the other winners, ASESA, a company associated with the AEQT, received the quality award for renewing several European and energy management certifications.



This morning a delegation of businesspeople in the chemical sector in Catalonia, called together by Fedquim (the Chemical Business Federation of Catalonia), visited Tarragona to find out about the ChemMed project, the chemical industry, the port and everything they involve.

At ten o’clock these dozen businesspeople arrived at the AEQT headquarters, where they met with representatives of ChemMed Tarragona to learn about how the chemical cluster of the Mediterranean works as well as some of the traits that set the Tarragona chemical hub apart. There they heard about the industrial parks, the joint infrastructure and the Port of Tarragona from the president of ChemMed, Jesús Loma-Ossorio; the general director of the AEQT, Teresa Pallarès; and the director of the Port of Tarragona, Francesc Sánchez, before setting off on a visit to see these places for themselves.

Starting at eleven in the morning, the visitors were given a coach tour of the port facilities, especially the recently debuted expansion of the chemical quay, the northern industrial park and the southern industrial park of the chemical industry of Tarragona.

This meeting was attended by the president of ChemMed and chairman of the AEQT, Jesús Loma-Ossorio; the vice-president of the cluster and the president of the port, Josep Andreu; and the president of Fedequim, Joan Roget, among others.

 

 

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This last Tuesday, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, accompanied by the Secretary General of Industry, Begoña Cristeto, visited the facilities of ChemMed Tarragona, the Mediterranean chemical cluster.

The events slated for the visit began at midday at Repsol’s industrial complex in Tarragona, where an official ceremony was held with representatives of public and private entities from across the region.

The event was opened by Repsol’s chemical business director, Juan Carlos Ruiz Dorado, who welcomed the attendees and explained the importance of the Tarragona centre for his company. Ruiz Dorado talked about the need for Europe in general, as well Spain itself, to take a step forward in energy.

After his speech, the new chairman of FEIQUE, Anton Valero, took the stage. Valero, a Tarragona native who was named chair the Spanish Chemical Industry Federation at the beginning of the month, presented the values of a sector that provides solutions to the challenges facing humanity. He placed Tarragona at the epicentre of his discourse, without neglecting the importance of the rest of Spain at any point. The chairman of FEIQUE also focused on the subject of energy, a critical consideration for Tarragona’s cluster and the chemical industry in general. After the first two speeches were given, ChemMed shared its corporate video with the audience, followed by a speech from ChemMed’s president, Jesús Loma-Ossorio.
The leader of both ChemMed and the AEQT explained the potential of the cluster he represents, stating that ChemMed is not a brand seeking content, but rather over 40 years of content that needed a brand to project it to the world. The cluster represents an alliance of regional stakeholders to ensure the future of an industry that is critical to the region. Despite this comprehensive alliance, Loma stressed that the support of regulators is needed in important areas like energy and infrastructure. With this request, the president of ChemMed extended his hand to the Minister with an assurance that working together will lead to growth and, in turn, make Tarragona more attractive as a region and the chemical sector more attractive as an industry for future investment.

At his side, Minister Soria concluded the event by rising to the challenge of the previous speakers. The minister underscored his ministry’s commitment to attracting new investment and to providing access to the chemical industry. The Minister of Industry assured attendees that costs will continue to drop in 2014, and policies were being implemented to strengthen competitiveness. Soria said that the strength of Tarragona’s chemical industry can be seen in its innovation, its sales, its competitiveness and in its talent. He also affirmed that Tarragona provides a model to be followed, an example of combining environmental and economic sustainability.

After the speeches, the event was brought to a close with a ‘family’ picture with the ministerial representatives, the directors of FEIQUE, local stakeholders involved in the cluster and the directors of ChemMed Tarragona, led by president Jesús Loma-Ossorio, and the vice-president and president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Andreu.

After the official ceremony, the leaders of the chemical industry accompanied the Minister on a visit to the northern and southern industrial parks, as well as to the port facilities in order to gain a clear overall picture of potential of the ChemMed cluster and Tarragona’s chemical sector in general.



20141005-Foto-ChemMed-EPCA-Viena-300x225Participants at EPCA, the most significant annual meeting of Europe’s chemical industry, learned firsthand about ChemMed Tarragona, the Mediterranean chemical cluster.

Representatives of the AEQT and the Port of Tarragona, led by their respective presidents, presented the region’s chemical industry to the most important stakeholders in the chemical sector at the event in Vienna.

At the weekend, in co-operation with EPCA (the European Petrochemical Association), ChemMed Tarragona organised an event to present Tarragona’s chemical cluster and explain the advantages of investing our region. The roundtable was attended by the editor of HCB, an industry publication, Peter Mackay, who led the event; the president of ChemMed, Jesus Loma-Ossorio; the general director of the Port of Tarragona, Francesc Sánchez; and Repsol’s director of business development and innovation, who also sits on the board of EPCA.

The four attendees debated the role of the cluster in Europe, and agreed that Tarragona was ideally positioned in today’s global chemical landscape to attract investment. A commitment to a cluster with abundant synergies, a desire to help new companies join, and a very highly-trained and aware environment are three of the key aspects which make Tarragona an excellent choice for future investment in the sector.

The event, which brought together some of the most important companies in the industry, marked the first time ChemMed Tarragona has taken part in the EPCA annual meeting. ChemMed representatives will continue to explain the project to executives in the global chemical industry until next Tuesday.

 



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The official opening ceremony for Expoquimica 2014 was held today, on the first afternoon of this year’s fair. The event began at the heart of the pavilion where ChemMed Tarragona ‘Smart Chemistry Smart Future’ was set up, and was attended by top-level authorities such as the president of the Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas; the Secretary General of Industry and SMEs of the Ministry of Industry and Tourism, Begoña Cristeto; and the president of FEIQUE and Expoquimica itself, Luis Serrano. The leaders were accompanied throughout the ceremony by representatives of the Mediterranean chemical cluster led by its president, Jesús Loma-Ossorio.

After the fair was officially opened, the delegation toured the inside of the ‘Smart Place’, where they saw the latest developments and projects in the country’s chemical industry firsthand, intended to anticipate future solutions in an increasingly demanding and growing society.

ChemMed Tarragona, as a newly created cluster representing 25% of the chemical production in Spain, enjoyed a distinguished position at this year’s Expoquimica, the first in which the AEQT took part with its own stand. The cluster spent these days at the FEIQUE event demonstrating the latest cutting-edge technological advances, discussing the challenges facing the sector, and explaining the industry’s capacity to attract new investment, an area in which ChemMed plays a key role.



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A delegation from Cartagena, Colombia, comprised of representatives of the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce, the company Ecopetrol and the consultancy firm Competitiveness Group visited Tarragona today. In all, ten industry professionals came to the city, where they learned about the Mediterranean chemical cluster project firsthand.

After a morning tour of Respol’s facilities, the delegation moved on to the Port of Tarragona, where the president of ChemMed, Jesús Loma-Ossorio, and the vice-president of the cluster, Josep Andreu, presented the project. Loma-Ossorio highlighted the capacity to work collaboratively demonstrated by Tarragona’s chemical industry over the years, which laid the foundation for the shared services Tarragona has today. The chairman of the AEQT underscored the value of working synergistically, which has enabled ChemMed to build a brand with a very solid foundation. This drew considerable attention from the visitors.

In his speech, the president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Andreu, stressed several key points of Tarragona’s leading role in the area: the potential of Tarragona’s chemical industry; its logistics services, led by the Port of Tarragona; the area’s knowledge resources; and the cluster’s ideal environment, specifically in relation to business potential and quality of life, for attracting new companies that want to establish a presence in Tarragona.

The Director of Competitiveness for the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce affirmed that the project being developed in Tarragona could be very useful in helping industry in Cartagena to grow. At the same time, several members of the delegation pointed out the importance of working with multinational companies from a wide variety of origins.

In addition to representatives of the Port of Tarragona and AEQT, the event was attended by the presidents of the chambers of commerce of Tarragona, Reus and Valls, as well as the chair of the Tarragona Service Businesses Association (AEST). After the presentation and a boat tour of the port and local industrial facilities, the AEST took over hosting the rest of the Colombian delegation’s visit to Tarragona.



This afternoon a delegation from ChemMed has presented ChemMed Cluster in the annual meeting of ESCPP in Groningen, Holland.

The General Manager of the AEQT, Teresa Pallarès, and the General Manager of the Tarragona Port, Francesc Sánchez, have explained the project to the attendees. In total, there were 15 of the 28 representatives of the associated members.

In the ChemMed presentation, they have explained the current synergies between the Chemical sector, the Port and the other agencies, a coalition that promotes the area to new investors.

The Chemical Site of Tarragona represents 25% of the state chemical production and is one of the most important in the south of Europe. With this organization of the Cluster, the representatives of ChemMed have announced that they will continue working to resolve the necessities of the sector, making it much more attractive to potential investors.

The meeting will continue on Friday and will be inaugured by Ms. Yvonne Van Mastrigt, the Deputy of Economic Affairs in Groningen.

 

 



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This afternoon saw the formal incorporation of ChemMed Tarragona, the industrial, logistics, academic and chemical science cluster. The ceremony took place at the city’s Palau de Congressos conference centre and was attended by the president of the Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas; the general secretary for State infrastructure, Manuel Niño; and the city’s mayor, Josep Fèlix Ballesteros.

The act of incorporation was also witnessed by representatives of the 30 bodies and institutions that make up ChemMed Tarragona, which transmitted their message by means of a video. ‘Today we begin a process that I think is unprecedented, in which all of us involved in the chemical industry commit to raising the value of our assets and offering them internationally to position Tarragona on the global map,’ said the chairman of the Chemical Business Association of Tarragona (AEQT), Jesús Loma-Ossorio, who also referred to the need for chemistry to adapt, for science and industry to contribute solutions for overcoming the significant challenges facing our planet.

‘With the cluster we aim to advance and to convert our strengths into opportunities. We have analysed the potential that exists in the area of Tarragona and we have compared it with the challenges that European industry will have to respond to in the future. It is important to specialise in a chemical industry with a high added value, great diversification and a high degree of innovation, both in its processes and in its products,’ he stated. ‘In Tarragona we have all of the necessary components to take on future challenges in the sector. An industry at the service of the economic progress of our region.’

The president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Andreu, highlighted the significance of the event for the port and publicly thanked Minister of Development Ana Pastor, who was not able to attend for personal reasons, for ‘the support she has always given the Port of Tarragona, our investments, our projects, and it is especially important to point out her full and total support of the Tercer Fil project, a strategic and fundamental project for the future of our port.’ ‘Our goal is to promote the chemical industry, as well as research and development, with the support of the transport network,’ the General Secretary of State Infrastructure, Manuel Niño, emphasised.

Niño also pointed out that the chemical sector has made a surprising comeback, achieving pre-economic crisis figures, and mentioned the Ministry of Development’s commitment to the Mediterranean Corridor to increase competitiveness which, in turn, will lead to the development of logistics and better access to Mediterranean ports. ‘The Ministry of Development, through Adif Alt Velocidad, has approved today, Friday, investments for the development of the Mediterranean Corridor.’

The president of the Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas, who, like the other speakers, gave his speech in Catalan, Spanish and English, the three official languages of ChemMed Tarragona, spoke about the commitment to the future that the industry represents for Catalonia and mentioned the industry’s ability to share the stage with other economic sectors, especially in the area of Tarragona. ‘We are dedicated to making Catalonia a business-friendly country,’ Mas emphasised, ‘to reducing bureaucracy, to simplifying processes. We are committed to making Catalonia a good place for investment.’

 

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About ChemMed Tarragona

ChemMed Tarragona is a project promoted by the Chemical Business Association of Tarragona (AEQT) and the Port of Tarragona for the purpose of internationally projecting the attractiveness and competitiveness of the region for industry, teaching, research, logistics and chemistry.

ChemMed Tarragona enjoys the support of:

– Institutions: The Government of Spain, the Government of Catalonia, the provincial government and the city and town councils of Alcover, Constantí, El Morell, Flix, La Canonja, La Pobla de Mafumet, Perafort, Reus, Salou, Tarragona, Tortosa, Valls and Vila-seca

– Service companies (AEST)

– Education, talent, research and innovation centres: Universitat Rovira i Virgili, ICIQ, CTQ, and the secondary schools of Comte de Rius, Pere Martell and Vidal i Barraquer

– The business sector through the chambers of commerce of Tarragona, Reus, Valls and Tortosa

– Trade unions, Comissions Obreres and the UGT



Durante las tres últimas semanas, Dow ha reunido en Tarragona a 800 empleados, provenientes de los múltiples centros que posee a nivel global bajo el propósito de llevar a cabo el UAT (User Acceptance Test) de su nuevo sistema global de gestión NEA (Next Enterprise Architecture). Ésta es una gran inversión que Dow está realizado para mejorar sus procesos de trabajo y sistemas de gestión.

El Director del Complejo Industrial de Dow Chemical Tarragona, Kepa Díaz de Mendibil, destacó que “para Tarragona es un honor haber sido seleccionada como sede de este evento, ya que no solo es estratégico para la Compañía, sino que afianza la competitividad de nuestro Site y del área en el que estamos ubicados”.

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