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The Lehendakari inaugurates the extension to the CIE Automotive Plant

2010 March 22

Lopez draws attention to the "country project" fostered by this business initiative

The Lehendakari, Patxi Lopez, inaugurated the extension of the installations of the company CIE Automotive in Taubate (Brazil). Lopez highlighted the role of Basque businessmen and women who, some decades ago, began an "adventurous initiative of expansion" which, as in the case of CIE Automotive, represents an example of "the character, seriousness and principles of the Basque business project".


The Lehendakari, Patxi Lopez, inaugurated the extension of installations of the company CIE Automotive in Taubate (Brazil). A commemorative plaque bears witness to the presence of the Lehendakari, who emphasised that under the business mission that he heads there lies "a country proposal" which intends "to take part and collaborate in the modernisation of Brazil". We want to take part and collaborate in the modernisation of Brazil in order to fulfil a dual objective: increase the levels of wealth of the citizens of Brazil and of the Basque Country. "We want to come here in order to stay. To play an active role in the growth and development of this country", he emphasised.

The inauguration ceremony was held this morning at the company's facility in Taubate, attended, in addition to the Lehendakari, by the Industry Minister, Bernabe Unda, The director of Foreign Action, Guillermo Etxenike, and the managing director of the plant, Pedro Echegaray.

During his talk, the Lehendakari drew attention to the role played by the Basques who arrived in this country some decades ago in an "an adventurous initiative of expansion" which, as in the case of CIE Automotive, represents an example of the "character, seriousness and principles of the Basque business project". In the opinion of the Lehendakari it is that "enterprising vision" which has led to the visit by the Basque Government and 125 companies to Brazil, conveying his message with "guarantees" of success. "One company - CIE - is the best example of R&D&I, research, development and innovation, to which we must now add the "i" of internationalisation", López added, who gave his backing to that "formula" as a way for Basque companies to reach their objectives.

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