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Montevideo Harbour: Asia's fast track across South America

Dec 13, 2019
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When the Port of Montevideo’s free port status finally came into effect in 1992, Uruguay had no car carrier infrastructure or facilities. A year later, the Montevideo Harbour South America (MHSA) president saw an opportunity for the company to become the trusted maritime agent for Asian automakers that wanted to penetrate the MERCOSUR common market, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Montevideo Harbour South America President Francisco Sugo

Twenty-five years later, MHSA has become one of the largest car carriers servicing the Rio de la Plata region, an area of nearly 200 million people.

Operating 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, the Port of Montevideo and MHSA offer competitive advantages to companies that depend on just-in-time and speed-to-market principles.

Montevideo is the first and only terminal on South America’s Atlantic coast within a free port zone. Commodities and goods that pass through its premises are exempt from all taxes and surcharges. MHSA also has an office in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

“In a regime of free competition, we realize a company’s need for speed-to-market and facilitate the services to the ships, the merchandise and their passage.

Another advantage of Montevideo and MHSA is we provide quicker access to the heart of MERCOSUR. A river route through Montevideo is more cost effective than an overland route from the Pacific ports in the long run,” MHSA President Francisco Sugo said.

“MHSA appreciates the relationship we have with our Asian customers. We look forward to continuing this longtime relationship and helping Asian exporters to get their products into the head of the MERCOSUR through our services,” he added.

Global impact made in Uruguay

Dec 13, 2019
Credit : GMI Post

Based in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo, The Electric Factory is a creative technology company with a lofty, if not daunting mission: to shape the future through well thought out, disruptive solutions

The Electric Factory and AYAX Toyota highlight their innovative spirit with The HY Project.

that are based on innovative ideas and a deep understanding of human behavior and use the latest digital technology.

Inspired by a groundbreaking sonic wave research, The Electric Factory and AYAX Toyota, another disruptive Uruguayan company headed by Alejandro Curcio, worked together with an enormous wish to make a better world, launched The HY Project, a first-of-its-kind solution that uses sound waves to reduce noise pollution and foster plant growth.

With the growing use of hybrid and electric vehicles amid concerns about the environment, The HY Project was conceived because of impending global regulations on such vehicles and their AVAS (Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems). Hybrid and electric cars, because of their quiet engines, pose some risks because they are sometimes undetected while in transit.

“Then, from there, we wondered if this sound might also do something else, such as benefit the environment. We’ve all heard anecdotes that music is good for plants. Investigating further, we found many scientists and studies that confirmed that plants can benefit from sonic vibrations,” Co-Founder and Head Of Innovation Juan Ciapessoni explained.

It has since been incorporated into Toyota’s Prius C and Corolla Hybrid.

“People’s standard of living has quadrupled in the last century. However, this progress in prosperity has exacted a high environmental price in the quality of life of millions of people around the world. AYAX Toyota understands that The HY Project is a perfect and well-timed one for the automotive industry because it will help the planet. At the same time, it’s a perfect complement to the revolution in electrified and clean mobility that is already happening. Now, the consumers who are morally committed to this cause will have the opportunity to install The HY device in their electric or hybrid cars and participate in a reparative, worldwide collaboration. We’re excited to be involved and to see how far this takes us,” said Alejandro Curcio, president of AYAX and founder of the Curcio Capital.

Uruguay 2019 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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