Tapia concludes its trade mission in Germany and gives a positive assessment of its meetings with large companies

Tapia concludes its trade mission in Germany and gives a positive assessment of its meetings with large companies

The Minister stresses that the multinationals visited are “interested” in maintaining the current links with their Basque partners


The Minister of Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment of the Basque Government, Arantxa Tapia, concluded the business mission she carried out in Germany this week, of which she made a “positive” assessment and in which she had the opportunity to meet and visit the heads of the main multinationals that have production plants in Euskadi.

Tapia held meetings with representatives of the Trumpf Group (Ditzingen), Siemens Energy and Bayer (Berlin), in addition to the meeting held at the headquarters of the Mercedes Group (Stuttgart), on this occasion, with the presence of the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu , as the Basque government reported in a statement.

All the representatives of the multinationals visited expressed their “interest” in maintaining current business relations with their corresponding Basque partners: Trumpf, with Lantek de Araba; Siemens Energy, with Siemens Gamesa, based in Zamudio; Bayer, with Viralgen in Donosti-San Sebastián; and the “reinforced” commitment of the Mercedes Benz Group to its production plant in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The four companies, which are dedicated to sectors of particular reference to the Basque Country such as machine tools, energy, the automotive industry and biosciences, “reaffirm their commitment to the Basque Country, highlighting its ecosystem innovation and its technological and industrial capacities”, he assured the Ministry of Economic Development.

The Director, accompanied by the Deputy Director of Industry, Mikel Amundarain, and the CEO of BaSque Trade and Investment of the SPRI Group, Ainhoa ​​Ondarzabal, also had the opportunity to visit the DLR Institute Lampoldshausen – Institute of space propulsion and advanced research in production. hydrogen center – as well as the Festo company, an independent family business with almost a hundred years of history.

Festo is the world’s leading manufacturer of automation technology and technical training, geared towards intelligent production, thanks to its commitment to artificial intelligence and machine learning.


This official trip began Monday in Munich, with a day dedicated to Basque talents residing in Bavaria. The Basque delegation visited the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to discover the Chair of Construction and Robotics (BR2), in which Doctor Kepa Iturralde from San Sebastián is associated.
senior researcher.

Subsequently, the representatives of the Basque Government took part in a meeting with about thirty Basque professionals
residents of Bavaria, including engineers from Airbus, BMW, Maier, Orona, Fagor Ederlan, Arteche, Amazon, Schaeffler, among others
companies, as well as professionals in the education and health sectors.


Tapia’s trip to Germany happened in an instant
particular “uncertainty and concern” in Germany, where — according to the Basque government — just this week Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz addressed the country warning of the need to establish measures to face the energy limitations in which Germany may be found this coming winter.

The invasion of Ukraine, energy security and inflation have
generated “worrying uncertainty” among political and business leaders.

Germany is one of the engines of the European economy and one of the economies most linked to the Basque Country, in addition to being one of the priority countries of the Basque Government’s internationalization strategy for 2021- 2024.

For this reason, the Minister stressed that the Basque Country must remain “very attentive” to the course of the economy and the activity
German industrial sector, since its impact on the Basque economy will be unavoidable.

The Ministry of Economic Development stressed that “although we find ourselves in an international context plagued by uncertainty, the large German companies consulted maintain
growth forecasts and maintain their commitment to the production plants in the Basque Country”.

From the Basque Government they also recalled that the Basque company Teknia announced this Friday the acquisition of the German
Forschner PTM GmbH in Stuttgart.

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