Sunday, May 28, 2017

Roberto Peckham

A new study by U.S.-based consultant Telecom Advisory Services (TAS) finds that Medellin is in the “vanguard” in Colombia in terms of high-speed internet uptake and other factors that make-up a “digitalization” ranking.


Haceb Whirlpool Inc. (HWI) -- a new joint venture between Antioquia-based household appliance manufacturer Haceb and global “white goods” giant Whirlpool – on August 27 officially launched production of washing machines at a new, US$50 million factory adjacent to Haceb facilities in the Medellin suburb of Copacabana, Antioquia.


EAFIT university and Colombia-based cement producer, power generator and port developer Argos announced August 26 the start-up of “Argos Center,” a new, US$9 million, 4,800-square-meters research facility at the university’s main campus in Medellin.


Evidence of the remarkable growth of the fashion and textile industry in Medellin continues to mount as the 2015 version of Colombiamoda in Medellin drew 60,741 visitors and 13,271 buyers, up 20% from the 2014 show.


Medellin – the capital of Antioquia department (state) – continues to grab more positive attention from national and international media.


 

The “global value chain” opportunities arising for Colombian exporters -- identified in a new study by Medellin-based Andi (the Colombia national industrial trade association) -- are already being exploited by certain pioneering companies.


The “global value chain” opportunities arising for Colombian exporters -- identified in a new study for Medellin-based Andi (Colombia’s national industrial trade association) – are already being exploited by several pioneering companies, and could expand much more.


Ruta N – the Medellin-based, high-tech development center founded by telecom/internet giant UNE, the city of Medellin and electric power giant EPM – announced August 10 that it signed a US$2 million contract with the University of Wisconsin for installation of a new center for the investigation of infectious and tropical diseases. 


The surge in the value of the U.S. dollar against the Colombia peso -- up nearly 70% year-on-year, to roughly COP3,000 per US$1 -- has meant a big boost in profits for established, large-scale Colombian exporters in sectors including coffee, cut flowers and other industries.



The annual “Expo Agrofuturo” 2015 conference and trade show at Medellin’s giant Plaza Mayor conference center in mid-August showed some 17,000 visitors how advanced technology and innovation can help farmers and ranchers boost profitability.


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U.S. native Roberto Peckham, who founded Medellin Herald in 2015, has been residing in metro Medellin since 2005 and has traveled regularly and extensively throughout Colombia since 1981.

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