The Andalusian Association of Marble Entrepreneurs (AEMA) has made official the renewal of Jesús Posadas Chinchilla as president of the organisation for the next four years. The executive has been elected by 128 votes in favour and none against, in the Extraordinary General Assembly, held on 14 September at the headquarters of AEMA, in Macael, highlighting the confidence in the leadership and vision of Posadas to promote the development and competitiveness of the marble sector in the Andalusian region.
Jesús Posadas, with an outstanding career in the marble industry, has successfully held the position of president of AEMA for the last four years. During his tenure, he has worked tirelessly to strengthen the sector’s position as a leader in the marble industry nationally and internationally. His efforts have resulted in the promotion of key initiatives for the sector, both in mining and industry, as well as in commercialisation, internationalisation and marketing.
Its new programme, which has been put to the vote during the call, focuses on the continuity of objectives that have been advanced during its previous term, as well as new goals. The following key points stand out:
1. Agreement for the Restoration of Mining Waste: During his previous term, the signing of an agreement was achieved between the Consejería de Política Industrial y Energía de la Junta de Andalucía, the Ayuntamiento de Macael and AEMA to establish a collaborating technical office for the development and implementation of the plan for the restoration and management of mining waste. This project will continue to be a priority.
2. Criteria for Restoration Guarantees: The Consejería de Política Industrial y Energía de Andalucía is working on the drafting of an Order that will establish the criteria for the determination and constitution of restoration guarantees for mining operations. This order will be submitted for public consultation in the near future, and EEA will closely follow its development.
3. Corporate Social Responsibility: Jesús Posadas aims to create a new Corporate Social Responsibility Commission that will work on aspects related to sustainability and innovative pilot projects on restoration in the Sierra de Macael, in line with the Andalusian Circular Economy Law (LECA).
4. Commercialisation and Internationalisation: At the international level, it will focus on the formulation of new formats for the creation of channels to help the internationalisation of companies through TRADE. In addition, the Protected Geographical Identity for Macael Marble, recently included in the list of products identified by the Council and the European Parliament, will be monitored.
5. Industry and Training: EEA will continue to support the implementation of the Plan Crece Industria for Natural Stone, especially in the aspect of aid for reindustrialisation and credits for internationalisation, approved in June 2022, and will promote the alternating and continuous training of active workers.
Jesús Posadas expressed his gratitude for the trust placed in him and said: “It is an honour to continue leading this Association and to represent such a vital industry for our region. In these times of challenges and opportunities, we will work tirelessly to strengthen the competitiveness and innovation of our companies, promote sustainability, carry out more actions aimed at internationalisation, highlight the Corporate Social Responsibility carried out by both our business body and our companies and continue to promote economic development in our community”. With his renewal as president, AEMA consolidates its commitment to excellence and innovation in the marble sector.