Rueda claims in Narón the support of the Xunta de Galicia for SMEs and advanced manufacturing centres

Jan 17, 2023 | Diario de Ferrol, Intaf Group

The President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alfonso Rueda, claimed yesterday, in the framework of a visit to the facilities of the Galician Consortium of Thermal Treatments (Cogaltra) plant in Narón, the support of the regional administration to small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as to advanced manufacturing centres. Rueda, accompanied by the first vice-president of the Xunta, Francisco Conde, and the mayoress of Narón, Marián Ferreiro, travelled yesterday to the industrial estate of As Lagoas to see first-hand these facilities, which have received a regional aid of two million euros for their development and which will start operating during the first quarter of this year.

President Alfonso Rueda during his speech at the new facilities in As Lagoas | jorge meis

Thus, guided by the president of the Intaf Group -the promoter of this manufacturing centre-, José Ramón Franco, the authorities toured the premises of a unique plant in Spain, which will be dedicated to the development of large steel components. As the Ferrol businessman explained to the politicians, during its initial phase, the site will house a total of eight companies from the naval, energy and aeronautical sectors. According to Intaf’s forecasts, when the plant comes into operation, around twenty jobs will be created and some 2,000 steel parts will be developed each year.

Line of aid

During his speech to the media, the president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, after praising the family “essence” of the Intaf group, highlighted the relatively new line of regional aid for advanced manufacturing centres, which since its launch in 2020 has mobilised more than 16 million euros, Rueda said that the Xunta will launch a new call this year with an allocation of eleven million “so that they can continue doing things” like Cogaltra.

For her part, the mayoress of Narón, Marián Ferreiro, stressed the “pride” that a company “a benchmark in the industrial sector” such as the Intaf Group is based in the town. In this sense, Ferreiro thanked José Ramón Franco for his continued commitment to the municipality, highlighting the value of cooperation between administrations in order to promote and support major business initiatives such as the one the authorities visited yesterday.

Offshore wind power

Although yesterday was a day of celebration for the success achieved in the development of these facilities, the President of the Xunta took the opportunity to charge against the central government for the lack of “concretion” on the future Marine Space Management Plan.

In this sense, Alfonso Rueda recalled that this is a fundamental step for the installation of offshore wind power on the Galician coast; and pointing out that this would “open up an enormous potential” for job creation and for the promotion of the sector in the Community.


Source: Diario de Ferrol