ANFACO-CECOPESCA and AGEINCO will deepen the relations between the engineering and marine-food sectors

Juan Manuel Vieites stars in the last AGEINCO Tribune of 2018, a forum that reorients its objectives to reflect the transversality of Galician engineering
December 13, 2018.- ANFACO-CECOPESCA and the Galician Association of Engineering, Consulting and Technology Services Companies (AGEINCO) will deepen the relationships of the companies in their respective sectors: engineering and the sea-industry complex.
It is one of the main conclusions of the last AGEINCO Tribune of 2018, which this afternoon has starred the secretary general of ANFACO-CECOPESCA, and also president of the Intersectoral Technological Alliance of Galicia (ATIGA), Juan Manuel Vieites, together with the commercial director of the company HERMASA, Adrián Carril. In this forum they were accompanied, among others, by the president of ANFACO-CECOPESCA, Juan Manuel Cerqueira, and by the president and vice president of AGEINCO, Fernando López Mera and Daniel Prieto Renda.

Common meeting in 2019
Both entities have agreed to hold a meeting in 2019, the year in which ANFACO-CECOPESCA will reach its 115th anniversary, to learn more about the activities carried out by the various companies associated with each of them and thus enhance the avenues of collaboration. This exchange is necessary when verifying that sometimes companies in the sea-industry complex are unaware that there are firms in Galicia that can provide them with engineering services that they are now looking for in other markets.
Today’s Tribune is framed precisely within the steps that AGEINCO is taking to transform itself into a cluster, so that the contents of these meetings are reoriented to reflect the transversality that characterizes Galician engineering and its ability to provide its service in various sectors of the economy. . In the case of the sea-industry complex, Juan Manuel Vieites explained that the field of R & D & I is configured as one of the most interesting in collaboration. In fact, several of the companies belonging to AGEINCO are already developing projects in areas such as aquaculture, water treatment or technical quality controls required by canneries. Vieites considers that Galicia “has to promote its enormous talent, in view of which we expect the collaboration of the Administration”.
Juan Manuel Cerqueira pointed out the growing interest of the industries integrated in the organization he presides: “at the beginning, years ago, we had to do everything ourselves, until engineering companies began to appear that facilitated practically all the processes”.
Along these lines, HERMASA’s commercial director, Adrián Carril, commented on the high degree of development of engineering companies in the sector: “there is no canning factory in the world where there is no machine made in Galicia”, he described .

Support from technology centers
Another aspect discussed in today’s meeting is AGEINCO’s process to become a cluster. Along this path, and as president of the Galician Intersectoral Technological Alliance (ATIGA), Juan Manuel Vieites pointed out the importance of partnering with technology centers. “They are an invaluable support especially for small and medium-sized companies,” he said. At the same time, he explained that these centers are fundamental for the generation of confidence in the business environment. In the case of ATIGA, he highlighted that one of the foundations of its success is being associated with six technology centers, of which five are located in Vigo.