ZPMC evolution passes through Vado Ligure
The Italian subsidiary won't only provide handling equipment to APM and COSCO terminals, but also h24 technical assistance service as first to do so among 36 global branches controlled by the Chinese group
ZPMC, controlled by China Communications Construction Company, jumped into the limelight for having recently joined partnership with Port System Authority of Western Liguria – chose Vado Ligure, where ZMPC Italia has been operating since April 2017, to expand their business: they will also provide technical assistance services to support their major customer in Italy, actually APM terminals Vado Ligure, due to starting operating as from next December 12th.
“This structure – illustrated ZPMC Italia's managing director, Elio Crovetto, while sealing a job accord in front of APM Terminals Vado Ligure managing director Paolo Cornetto, unions representatives and Alberto Panigo of CULP – one of the most automated ones in the Mediterranean and will continuously need maintenance and software upgrade”.
“Technological innovation, featuring the port handling, as well as other sectors, and advanced automation require highly specialized skills which can't be provided directly by the terminal operator”.
Due to the above, the cranes manufacturer determined turning into a service partner, starting in Vado Ligure, where ZPMC established their Italian branch – 100% Italian company which recruits workers within the country, pinpointed Crovetto – to support their number-one customer, APT Termials Vado Ligure, as well as new other Italian customers.
As reported by Andrea Pasa of Cgil Union, the new APM terminal means an extraordinary relaunching opportunity for the whole area, particularly affected by a tough crisis.
As illustrated by Cornetto, currently APM Vado and ZPMC Italia recruit overall 95 workers (net of 157 employees recruited by adjoining Reefer Terminal, also controlled by APM), of which 77 working for them and 18 for ZPMC.
Both companies conceived huge development plans, essentially formalized in the document signed also signed by unions “We target reaching 222 workers by the end of this year, stated Cornetto, to grew up to 229 by mid 2020 and reach 258 in the second semester when the terminal will starting operating on-stream.
ZPMC, added Crovetto, “will soar from current 18 workers to 45 and subsequently 51, to finally reach 51 by 2020 second half”.