Mañueco: “Castilla y León is a motor land”

Valladolid, Sep 19 (EFE).- The group of companies that make up the Castilla y León Automotive Forum (Facyl) presented this Monday the new brand with which they intend to better position themselves in the transition process that the sector is going through, under the name of Pôle Automobile, celebrated by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco: “Castilla y León is motor land”.

GRAF238. VALLADOLID, 09/19/2022.- The president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco (2i), talks with the president of FACYL, Félix Cano (2d), the president of IVECO Spain, Ángel Rodríguez Lagunilla (i), and the Minister of Economy, Carlos Fernández Carriedo (d), during the institutional act of presentation of the brand of the automotive cluster of this Community. EFE / Nacho Gallego

During an act held at the Iveco facilities in Valladolid, both Mañueco and the president of the group of companies linked to this new brand, Félix Cano, stressed that the new logo sums up the spirit of these manufacturers and the Autonomous community itself, in represent a beehive with nine spaces that represent the nine provinces and the way the bees work in collaboration.
In addition, a symbol of the energy transition the sector is going through, the new logo includes a plug to symbolize the road to electrification of the automotive sector, although the chairman of the board has called for a “just and smart” transition for this path, as opposed to what he sees as an “accelerated” and “unfair” energy transition.
In this sense, Mañueco reiterated his call to “not make the same mistakes” and to enter a “new mobility” with the collaboration between public institutions and the private sector at a key moment like the current one, marked by the European aid which, in his opinion, can be lost if the conditions thereof are not adapted to the needs of the sector.

The president has announced that the Mesa de la Automoción de Castilla y León will be convened in October shortly to discuss with the main companies and with the representatives of the Social Diálogo los retos that afronta este sector clave en la industria, la actividad económica y el empleo de the community.
The objective is to capture new investment projects linked to the automotive industry, which give continuity to the establishment of new factories such as the electric bus manufacturer Switch Mobility in Valladolidalthough the president has indicated that he hopes that in the coming months there will be “good news” in this regard.
Despite these expectations, Mañueco acknowledged that the economy is currently going through “complex and uncertain periods”, marked by uncertainty, but defended that a territory like Castilla y León has the potential to maintain and increase its power in these sectors.

VALLADOLID, 09/19/2022.- The President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, intervenes in the institutional act of presentation of the brand of the automotive cluster of this Community.EFE/Nacho Gallego

For his part, the president of the Automobile Pole, Félix Cano, recognized that it is a “special day” for this group of companies, conspired to promote the activity of all and integrate new investments and opportunities. business, to achieve a better “hive”, referring to business collaboration within the sector.
But Cano has also set as objectives for this new stage of the group the retention of the talent that has emerged from Castilla y León and also the attraction of people from outside this Community, in the perspective that they understand that this territory is the one of the best locations for projects related to mobility and the automotive industry.
In this sense, he added that another objective is to increase alliances with other similar groups in Spain, Europe and the world, so that the idea that Castilla y León is “the best place to s ‘install’ is spreading.
Cano acknowledged that there is “great uncertainty” associated with the war in Ukraine, but stressed that society “needs and expects certainties despite the uncertainties”.

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