Miguel Andres Lohse, corporate construction manager, discusses alliances, innovation, and investments.
What are your plans for growth in Panama and the region?
We need continuous management in logistics to optimize the times for purchase and movement of the various parts of the projects which are usually developed in Europe and Asia. This has forced us to develop strategic alliances with ports in the region for management and storage of cargo.
What innovations have you developed?
New technologies that have enabled us to be pioneers in Panama and the Caribbean moving steel structures and piles of final project size (lengths of up to 210 feet and weights of up to 100 tons). We used that technology in the construction of a cargo quay for loading copper and unloading coal in Panama, and in another project in the Dominican Republic. In both cases, we moved piles and steel structures in their final dimensions, and this enabled us to optimize installation times and improve the work programs.
How has the Panamanian logistics platform contributed to the growth of your company?
For the large volumes of structures that we manage in maritime construction, the ports are the natural entry point, and the large supply of port infrastructure, together with the new canal expansion, have enabled us to choose which port and on which side of the canal we should...