Our partner, INVAP, welcomed the Secretary of Industry and Productive Development of the Nation, José Ignacio de Mendiguren, and the President of INTI, Sandra Mayol, to progress in a strategic plan for developing their over 1,000 suppliers within the value chain of aerospace, nuclear, radar, nuclear medicine, and energy industries. During the session, Mendiguren also visited the Industrial Technological Productive Park of Bariloche (PITBA), where over 90 companies will be established.
“We’re in Bariloche to reinforce a political direction. Within the team led by Minister Sergio Massa, our goal is for Argentina to become a central player globally in technology, science, the knowledge economy, energy, and capital goods. We aim for national density, so Argentina isn’t just a resource supplier but an industrial, developed, and technology-exporting country. That’s why we’re fostering supplier development across the country, aiming to boost the entire value chain and strengthen our remarkable entrepreneurial capacity,” highlighted Mendiguren.
During their visit to INVAP, the national authorities were received by the company’s General Manager, Vicente Campenni, who stated, “Developing technology is our passion, as it’s our origin. However, the company’s purpose is to contribute to the country’s economic development, which allows us to keep growing.” He emphasized that nearly half of all projects they undertake support the national productive ecosystem, mainly SMEs.
INVAP specializes in designing, integrating, and constructing plants, equipment, and devices in highly complex areas such as nuclear energy, space technology, industrial technology, and medical and scientific equipment. It engages in large-scale projects, with 80% of national added value, collaborating with organizations and companies like the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE), EANA, ARSAT, Defense and Armed Forces, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ministry of Public Works, in addition to local and national SMEs. Currently, it has completed over 1,000 projects with more than 1,700 professionals and exports worth USD 400 million.
The authorities toured the headquarters and visited the Satellite Integration Building, where they are currently integrating the SABIA-Mar satellite from CONAE and the next-generation telecommunications satellite ARSAT SG-1 from ARSAT. Regarding satellite industry development, Campenni highlighted the cost per kilogram of a satellite mission, over USD 80,000, and its consequential added value compared to other industries, such as the aeronautical industry, where the kilogram of an airplane costs around USD 1,000.
All their developments are supported by various continuous improvement mechanisms. Together with INTI, INVAP collaborates on technical assistance in Management Technologies within the Kaizen T.A.N.G.O. Project conducted jointly with JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), aiming to enhance process efficiency geared towards production, and the implementation of a Management System for technical procedures.