Interview with José Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina, CEO of Intermaher, Aspromec sponsor
"The equipment we import improves the competitiveness of the industrial fabric"
Amy, the Association of Machine Tool Importers, new president debuts. Last 17 of March, in its XIV Ordinary Assembly, Jose Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina, CEO of Intermaher and sponsor of Aspromec, he was elected president due to his knowledge of the association and the sector. Jose Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina, CEO of Intermaher, In the following interview, he describes the difficulties the sector is going through due to global factors, but he is optimistic, even more so in a year in which the BIEMH, reference fair for the sector.
You are president of AIMHE from the past 17 of March, but knows the association well from his previous involvement. What important steps do you think the association should take?
AIMHE is a relatively young association created in 2009 which currently has 53 associates. Our main challenge is the representation and defense of the interests of our associates in all areas (Public administrations, Official organizations, Industry Associations, etc.). I currently believe that we are a more than authoritative voice within the manufacturing technology sector and with a large field to explore., given that we can contribute a lot of knowledge to the sector.
Do you still have room to attract more associates??
Of course, we have a lot of room to attract associates within importing companies in the advanced manufacturing sector, given the wide range of companies from different fields that can find accommodation in our association and I take advantage of this interview to encourage them to discover the advantages of being within AIMHE.
In 2010 AIMHE presents itself in society and in 2012 integrates as a collaborator of the BIEMH and signs a strategic agreement for the promotion of the fair. Is the BIEMH one of the most important points for AIMHE??
For us, the BIEMH is a key event within the internal tasks of the association. As you said quite well, We are integrated into the Technical Advisory Committee (CTA) of the BIEMH with periodic meetings with those responsible for the BIEMH together with the representatives of the AFM Clúster to try to make the BIEMH the reference fair of the sector every two years. as you can imagine, for the vast majority of AIMHE associates, BIEMH represents "our fair".
In recent times AIMHE has also been collaborating with other important entities in the sector….
Indeed, Collaboration with Public Administrations is within our statutory purposes and our DNA, Official organizations and of course with other entities and associations of the sector, given that our interests are common on many occasions. In particular, given joint participation in many forums, We have a very close collaborative relationship with the AFM Cluster and all the associations that make it up by sharing common interests with them before the Public Administrations, fair organizers, etc. In any case, as i indicated, We have always collaborated and we are open to collaborate with other associations where the membership of the same associates is even shared.
Regarding the machine tool sector, what situation are you in now?, Are you very affected by the pandemic and by the war in Ukraine?
Although obviously they are private perceptions, we could say that uncertainty has returned. after the unfortunate 2020, last year closed with figures that invited optimism, with increases in the capture of important orders that placed us at pre-pandemic figures. already at the end of 2021 the tension in the supply chain was noticeable with the increase in prices, deadlines, increase in ocean freight, transport… But all these problems have been amplified by the conflict in Ukraine and the direct influence on the energy sector that, at the same time, what it does is create uncertainty and delay the decision to undertake investments.
How did the import of machine tools in Spain behave last year??
As I have pointed out above, the figures closed the year 2021 we can classify them as positive, although always taking into account the year 2020 from which we came. The increase in orders from importers of machine tools has been of a 96,8% with respect to 2020 and of the 13,8% if we talk about importers of tools and accessories. If we refer to the destination sectors of imports, as usual despite the uncertainty in which the sector finds itself, the automotive sector represents the 33%, followed by the sector of molds and dies with the 17%, outsourcing the 12% and the aeronautical sector with the 10%.
The imported equipment, machines, tools, auxiliary equipment, etc. Is it important for machining machines to be able to advance technologically speaking?
Undoubtedly, we provide productive assets that incorporate all the technological advances and that serve as a lever in the transformation of the industry through digitization, automation and robotization systems to improve productivity, artificial vision, digital twins, data collection systems, measurement systems, etc. Definitely, equipment to improve the competitiveness of the industrial fabric.
To end, with many uncertainties in the world, How do you think the year will end for machine tool importers??
we have to be optimistic, It does not seem very useful to be anything else. We are aware of the difficulties that are creating uncertainty and delaying the investment decision, complicating the scenario. For all this it would be necessary initiatives such as the Plan Renove with continuity and that it does not remain as something anecdotal. We have the mirror of Italy where, with help, have stimulated investment in an extraordinary way. The machine tool as a sector is the heart of the industry with a huge multiplier effect. For this reason, it is necessary to climb in the ranking of investment in machine tools per capita, in which we are currently in a position that is far removed from the one that corresponds to us.. Y, by last, we cannot forget that this year 2022 is going to be celebrated 31 edition of the BIEMH that we hope will serve as a dynamic lever as usual.