Spanish Armada Comes to Adelaide

Monday 20 September 2010


Spanish Chamber of Commerce members (l-r) Tony Arjona; Eleanor Sanchez: Joaquin Artacho, Manuel Sanchez and Ross Stevens welcome (front) Mr Tomas Casquero from Aclunaga, Ferrol.

34 business people representing 26 companies from the naval industries in north of Spain, predominantly from the cities of Ferrol and Vigo in the Galicia region, visited Adelaide on for three days as part of a five day stay in Australia. This visit followed a personally delivered invitation to the Ferrol Chamber of Commerce and the Aclunaga Group from Mr Joaquin Artacho, the Honorary Consul for Spain in South Australia and former President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce when he undertook a private trip to Ferrol in Spain in March 2010. The intent of the delegation was to appreciate the importance of the naval auxiliary industry in Spain, particularly the incorporation of these companies with Spain’s main ship designer and builder, Navantia that have the contract to build the AWD in SA. The visiting delegates expressed their willingness to form joint venture relationships with SA companies and/or establish themselves as Australian companies to support Australia’s shipbuilding into the future.

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