Last night, more than 200 industrial engineers, businessmen and political and institutional representatives celebrated the 2nd edition of the Valencia Night of Industry, an event organised by the Official Society of Industrial Engineers of the Autonomous Community of Valencia to promote the industry as a driving force for the production model based on its potential for creating wealth and employment in societies.
The 2nd Night of Industry was held in the Castellón Congress Centre and was attended by representatives from the Society of Industrial Engineers (the Dean, Miguel Muñoz Veiga, the Provincial President of Castellón, Javier Rodríguez Zunzarren, Secretary of the COIICV, Esther Deltell, and the Provincial President of Valencia, Salvador Puigdengolas), the Secretary of Economy of Generalitat Valenciana, Blanca Marín, the Deputy Mayoress of Castellón, Ali Brancal, the President of the PP in the Autonomous Community of Valencia, Isabel Bonig, the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Castellón, María Dolores Guillamón, the Deputy Delegate of the Government of Castellón, David Barelles, and other institutional representatives of the province (Town Hall of Castellón, Castellón Provincial Council), as well as representatives from the winning companies, more than 200 industrial engineers and their companions.
During the 2nd Night of Industry, the 2nd Luis Merelo i Mas Prizes were awarded to:
TORRECID, Prize for Innovation
UBE CHEMICAL EUROPE CASTELLÓN, Prize for Industrial Record
MUELLES Y BALLESTAS HISPANO ALEMANAS, Prize for International Action
SITRA, Luis Merelo i Más Prize for Professional Work
IBERDROLA, Prize for Corporate Social Responsibility and Equal Opportunities
PAYN O PAIN, who dedicated the prize to the company’s 30 computer engineers, describing technology as a catalyst for growth.
In their interventions, both the Dean of the Society, Miguel Muñoz Veiga, and the Provincial President of Castellón, Javier Rodríguez Zunzarren, highlighted the role of industry as a guarantee of quality of life and in social development, demanding the allocation of resources to the business fabric to train professionals in Industry 4.0 and highlighting the prominence of the ceramic sector of Castellón in the international expansion of Valencia’s industry.
During her closing speech, the Secretary of Economy of Generalitat Valenciana, Blanca Marín, highlighted the role of Valencia’s industry in the creation of employment, describing it as being far in advance of the national industry. She also spoke of its leading role in exports, which amounted to €28 billion in 2016, essential for reducing the trade deficit of the Spanish state.
Marín highlighted the role of the Society of Industrial Engineers for its contribution to the progress of the region’s business and society and the support given by the Regional Ministry in areas such as the improvement of industrial estates and technology institutes. She also asked for more space for female engineers in sector forums.