29 de September, 2010

Sigdo Koppers starts in Talcahuano construction of new Technical Training Center

The blessing ceremony of the founding stone, by the Archbishop of Concepción, marked the beginning of this project. Through him, conglomerate and its subsidiaries seek to contribute to the recovery of one of the areas most devastated by the latest earthquake, with new development opportunities for the community.  

Today Wednesday 29, September 2010, the Sigdo Koppers Group began the construction of the new Technical Training Center in the city of Talcahuano, 8th Region, through which the conglomerate aims to contribute decisively to reactivate the areas devastated by the earthquake that hit the country last February. For this reason, the initiative is officially sponsored by the Bicentennial Commission.

The project,the architecture of which is being developed by renowned Chilean architect Gonzalo Mardones Viviani-, represents an investment of $ 2,500 million, is located in aplot of 3,600 m2 and consists of a building of 2,000 square meters with 9 classrooms and 9 workshops for 30 students each. This will allow the study of eight carreers by a total of 400 students per day. Additionally, there is a theater and a library which will be open to the local community.

The ceremony of blessing the foundation stone of the new Technical Training Center was headed by the Intendant of the Region of Bio Bio, Jacqueline Van Rysselberghe; the Archbishop of Concepción, Monsignor Ricardo Ezzati, and the Mayor of Talcahuano, Gaston Saavedra. Also present was the CEO of Sigdo Koppers, Juan Eduardo Errazuriz; the General Manager of Ingeniería y Construcción Sigdo Koppers, Cristián Brinck, among other executives and authorities.

On the occasion, the Talcahuano Mayor, Gaston Saavedra, noted: "This work represents an icon for the reconstruction of our city and for one of the key issues for the future development of this citywhich is education. In this regard, the contribution Sigdo Koppers makes goes beyond a building but to the full recovery of Talcahuano ".

The CEO of Sigdo Koppers, Juan Eduardo Errázuriz, noted that "the construction of this Technical Training Center evidences the strong interest of the different Sigdo Koppers group companies and their subsidiaries to contribute directly and specifically to reactivate the devastated areas and their productive activities, offering the community of Talcahuano new development opportunities.”

Errázuriz said that "the city of Talcahuano has special relevance for our group since our business started in this city 50 years ago."

The new Technical Training Center (CFT), that is expected to be inaugurated the first half of 2011- will benefit the nearly 1,200 young people who graduate each year from the public high schools in the commune, as well as workers that worked in sectors hit by the earthquake, such as artisanal fishermen and small businesses that provided services to the port of Talcahuano, among others.

To carry out this initiative, a cooperation agreement with the Municipality of Talcahuano was signed, which willgive in commodatumthe plot while Sigdo Koppers provides the infrastructure and furnishings of thecenter. Moreover, the Chilean Chamber of Construction, through its social network entities, will also participate in the project. Thus, the Corporation for Research, Study and Development of Social Security (Ciedess) will participate in the planning stage, while the CFT Soeduc will design the careers that will be offered to the community and will administer the new center. Meanwhile, the Caja de Compensación Los Andes will collaborate in the commercial and organizational development of the project.

Sigdo Koppers is one of the leading business groups in Chile, with presence in the areas of Services, Industrial and Commercial - Automotive, through its more than 50 subsidiaries and affiliates, companies that are leaders in their respective business areas. The group participates in the service area through the companies Ingeniería y Construcción Sigdo Koppers S.A. (ICSK), Puerto Ventanas S.A. and Fepasa S.A. In the industrial area, it is present through Enaex S.A., Compania Tecno Industrial S.A. (CTI), Somela S.A., Sigdopack S.A. and Compañía de Hidrógeno del Bío Bío S.A. Meanwhile, in the commercial and automotive areas it participates through SK Comercial S.A. (SKC) and SKBergé S.A.