THE SPANISH-AUSTRALIAN
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

19 October 2018

2018 Annual Gala Dinner

Hyatt Regency - 161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
15 November 2018

Cruise with the Europeans 2018

Jetty No.1 - King St. Wharf, Sydney NSW 2000
    22 November 2018

    Business Seminar on: The New South Wales Procurement Process and Community Engagement

    Offices of Squire Patton Boggs - Aurora Place, Level 17, 88 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

    Corporate Members

    News

    Indra signs contract to supply a deployable forensic laboratory capability to Australia

    16 October 2018 The Commonwealth has selected Indra Australia to design and manufacture a Level 2 deployable forensic laboratory capability that is being procured under Project LAND 154 Phase 2 for AUD 36M. The system will be used primarily by the Australian Army to provide a forensic support capability for a range of roles including Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (CIED). The System supplied by Indra, will equip the Army with an advanced capability that has not previously been configured in similar systems, providing them with leading-edge technology to collect, analyse and document evidence from any IED incident. While providing the Australian Army with state of the art capability, the project has focused on maximising local industrial content. Accordingly, over 90% of the contract will be executed by established Australian equipment manufacturers and distributors. Daronmont Technologies has been selected, as a local South Australian company, for the critical role of manufacturing the laboratory shelters to the exacting operational, environmental and technical specifications required by the Commonwealth. During contract execution, Indra will transfer the appropriate technology to ensure that the systems can be maintained and sustained entirely and independently in Australia. Indra will be responsible for the delivery of key know-how gained from the delivery of similar deployed systems to clients worldwide, including the European Defence Agency; Indra’s first Laboratory was deployed in Afghanistan from 2011-2014. Indra has been present in Australia since 2007, with close to 140 employees and offices in Sydney and Newcastle. It is a major supplier of enroute radars and air navigation equipment (Navaids) to Airservices Australia, is a worldwide supplier of DVORs Navaid systems from its production facility in Sydney and is currently executing Air 5431 Phase 1 and Navaid replacement projects for the Royal Australian Air Force. In 2015 Indra was awarded a contract to deploy one of the largest security systems in Asia Pacific – the supply and integration of 9500 cameras into a state of the art, fully digital, video management system for Sydney Trains. Indra has ongoing contracts in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands About Indra Indra is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers world-wide. It is a world-leader in providing proprietary solutions in specific segments in Transport and Defence markets, and the leading firm in Digital Transformation Consultancy and Information Technologies in Spain and Latin America through its affiliate Minsait. Its business model is based on a comprehensive range of proprietary products, with a high-value focus and with a high innovation component. In the 2017 financial year, Indra achieved revenue of €3.011 billion, with 40,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and business operations in over 140 countries.

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    ACCIONA and Homeward Bound team up to promote women’s leadership in the fight against climate change

    3 October 2018 ACCIONA has reached an agreement to become a global partner of Homeward Bound, an international leadership and empowerment program for women in science and technology who are specialists in climate change mitigation. The Spanish company will sponsor the program’s third edition, Homeward Bound 03 (HB03), in which 79 female scientists from 35 countries will bring their expertise in a wide range of disciplines to further climate change mitigation through their research. The HB03 participants are currently taking part in a one-year training and research program that will finalize with the expedition to Antarctica. The group will depart from Ushuaia (Argentina) on 31 December and return on 19 January 2019. For this third edition, Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and member of ACCIONA’s Board of Directors, has confirmed that she will be accompanying the 79 women scientists on their expedition to Antarctica. “Homeward Bound has taken on a courageous and valuable mission: to highlight women’s leadership in the global conversation on climate change mitigation. I identify with the program as it pursues goals that I share, and it furthers my conviction that all human beings can work together and help each other to improve the destiny of Humanity," said Christiana Figueres. Joaquín Mollinedo, Acciona’s Chief Institutional Relations, Sustainability and Brand Officer, said: “The objectives and global nature of this project are perfectly aligned with ACCIONA’s corporate vision. The mitigation of climate change, and the promotion of STEM studies as well as women’s role in society, all form part of our company’s values. A global alliance with Homeward Bound, therefore, is a great opportunity to raise awareness on challenges that transcend borders.” The Australian Homeward Bound program aims to create, within ten years, a network of 1,000 female scientists who will take the lead in the fight against climate change and work together on projects in different fields, affecting different communities, thereby giving visibility to women in science. The one-year program includes training programs with specialist mentors in leadership, strategy, communication and visibility, based on an evaluation of personal development. These activities also create networking opportunities between participants of past and present editions of the expedition. In this way, it is hoped the scientists will build personal and professional ties that might enrich their teamwork. In a second part of the program, the scientists define specific work groups to focus on their research and their leadership in gender and scientific issues. The three-week expedition to Antarctica culminates the exchange of information, conclusions, projects and challenges. During the trip, the team will visit a number of research stations to gather information on the impact that climate change has had in Antarctica, a bell weather continent for the global effects of global warming. Participants for the fourth Homeward Bound expedition (HB04) have already been selected and they are expected to begin their training period in the coming weeks. Over the next few months, 94 scientists from different disciplines will prepare for their journey to Antarctica at the end of 2019.

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    CAF closes the acquisition process on the Polish firm Solaris

    11 September 2018 The process of acquiring the Polish firm Solaris Bus & Coach and its inclusion into the CAF Group was successfully closed. After a closing period of over a month, and after obtaining the approval of the Polish and German Anti-Trust Authorities without any obligations or reservations for the parties, a definitive agreement has been reached whereby CAF acquires 100% of the shares of Solaris Bus & Coach. This transaction will ensure the leadership of the CAF Group and Solaris in the supply of innovative solutions in urban public transport in Europe and will strengthen the position of both brands in the international markets. Additionally, CAF has entered into an agreement with the Polish PFR investment fund -Polski Fundusz Rozwoju- for the acquisition by the latter of a minority stake in Solaris (35%) in the same terms and conditions agreed by CAF in the acquisition of Solaris. This agreement will materialize in the next weeks, once the administrative procedures are finished and the authorization of the corresponding regulatory entities is obtained. Through the participation of a solid financial partner like PFR as a minority shareholder, CAF maintains the Polish identity of Solaris and strengthens its position to accomplish the ambitious growth plan of the company. It should be reminded that Solaris is a global supplier of conventional and electric buses with presence in over 700 cities in 32 countries. With a 2017 turnover of close to €450 million, in that year the company delivered 1,397 buses, including conventional models (diesel and CNG) and a growing number of e-mobility vehicles, where it offers the widest available range of solutions, e.g. hybrid buses, trolleybuses, full-battery and hydrogen fuel cell powered public transport vehicles. “CAF’s investment in Solaris confirms our commitment to the vision of profitable growth and opens new strategic markets to CAF,” said Andrés Arizkorreta, President and Chief Executive Officer of CAF. “Together with Solaris, we will create a leader in urban mobility solutions beyond rolling stock, particularly in the e-mobility segment. We want to continue using and to develop Solaris’ valuable brand and to keep its Polish character. The combination of both companies’ know-how in production, design, technology and services, together with the track record of Solaris in bus product innovation will allow us to better serve our clients while creating shareholder value”. Solange Olszewska, founder of Solaris Bus & Coach S.A., said: "It was not an easy decision for me and my family. Over 20 years ago, my husband and I founded our company that today employs nearly 2,500 people and that is active on more than 30 markets. I know that I am leaving the company in good hands. The CAF Group will continue the best practice in the Solaris brand and will let it grow even more”.

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