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Mó­ni­ca Ale­gre be­ca­me pre­si­dent of the Va­len­cian Au­to­mo­ti­ve Clus­ter (AVIA) in Ju­ne. At the III No­che del Mo­tor C.V. event, she no­ted: “I ha­ve been on the Board of Di­rec­tors for the last eight years and I know the sec­tor”. She than­ked her hus­band Má­xi­mo Oli­vas in par­ti­cu­lar, “ha­ving been my big­gest sup­port for ta­king on this res­pon­si­bi­lity. He was pre­si­dent of the or­ga­ni­sa­tion and knows what this means”. She al­so spo­ke of the “fi­ne ta­lent, po­si­ti­ve spi­rit and un­con­di­tio­nal sup­port” that, du­ring his ti­me in of­fi­ce, su­rroun­ded her pre­de­ces­sor, Emi­lio Or­ta, who pas­sed away in May and “who we miss to­day”. She un­der­took to “ta­ke heed of his tea­ching and con­ti­nue wor­king for the sec­tor as he did”, ad­ding: I’m glad to ha­ve been wit­ness to his last few years and to re­mem­ber his cons­tant smi­le”. As the new head of the as­so­cia­tion , Ale­gre de­mons­tra­ted her sa­tis­fac­tion with a tra­jec­tory span­ning 15 years, of which “we can feel proud. In this ti­me it has grown from se­ven to 104 mem­bers, ta­king in­to ac­count that the tar­get was 100 by 2020”. With the Bron­ze La­bel from the Eu­ro­pean Se­cre­ta­riat for Clus­ter Analy­sis (ES­CA), AVIA re­pre­sents “the who­le va­lue chain, from vehi­cle ma­nu­fac­tu­rers such as Ford at the helm, to lo­gis­tics ser­vi­ces and en­gi­neers, as well as tier 1, 2 and 3 sup­pliers. We are re­cog­ni­sed as a lea­ding clus­ter and are im­mer­sed in our third stra­te­gic plan 2017-2020”. “Mid­way th­rough the plan, we are wor­king as an as­so­cia­tion see­king to at­tract new in­vest­ment for the Au­to­no­mous Com­mu­nity of Va­len­cia; open co­lla­bo­ra­tion both bet­ween com­pa­nies and among ot­her or­ga­ni­sa­tions; ope­ra­tio­nal ex­ce­llen­ce as a tool for com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness and the search for new mar­kets and new ta­lent for the sec­tor. Af­ter 15 years, we are very clo­se to ma­te­ria­li­sing the vi­sion that the foun­ding mem­bers had. They drea­med about ma­king the Au­to­no­mous Com­mu­nity’s sec­tor in­to an in­ter­na­tio­nal bench­mark and gua­ran­te­eing its growth. That con­ti­nues to be our vi­sion”. Mó­ni­ca Ale­gre reite­ra­ted her goal of dee­pe­ning the mu­tual know­led­ge of all mem­bers, for the pur­po­se of ge­ne­ra­ting new bu­si­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties that ha­ve yet to be iden­ti­fied up to now. She na­med Emi­lio Or­ta on­ce again, quo­ting so­met­hing that he would of­ten say: “It is fun­da­men­tal for AVIA that mem­bers get back what they ha­ve paid for”. She took ad­van­ta­ge of the mo­ment to talk about the Au­to CV brand. “We must all build a strong, im­por­tant brand”. She in­sis­ted on the sup­port of the re­gio­nal ad­mi­nis­tra­tion “to pa­ve the way for at­trac­ting new in­vest­ment for the Au­to­no­mous Com­mu­nity of Va­len­cia, which will help us to di­ver­sify”. In terms of re­qui­re­ments, she re­ques­ted bac­king for the adop­tion of In­dustry 4.0 pro­ces­ses, which imply “grea­ter com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness and not the era­di­ca­tion of jobs”. She al­so ma­de su­re to un­der­li­ne the need to furt­her ex­plo­re FP Dual and a con­cer­ted ef­fort among all re­gio­nal ad­mi­nis­tra­tions to de­ve­lop ad­van­ce trai­ning re­la­ted to the au­to­mo­ti­ve sec­tor, with all the dis­rup­ti­ve in­no­va­tions that lie ahead. “We ask the ad­mi­nis­tra­tion to put the fo­cus on in­no­va­tion”. She al­so ex­pres­sed her as­pi­ra­tion to work to­wards set­ting up an au­to­mo­ti­ve cen­tre in which the full po­ten­tial of the Va­len­cian au­to­mo­ti­ve fra­me­work is brought to­get­her.

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