The largest landing of a company in Asturias in almost 30 years: this will be the Amazon logistics center of reference for southern Europe
Amazon has chosen Asturias for its new logistics center. And it will not be one more, but one of the largest in Europe both in terms of size and number of people it will employ. After almost two years of discreet negotiations, the news has been confirmed by the Minister of Industry of the Asturian Government. Amazon will build its new logistics center on a plot of the Bobes industrial estate, in Siero. “Excellent news” that will be a “shock” for the region, according to the counselor.
Of the 3,000 square meters and 15 direct jobs that Amazon has had since 2019 in Siero, it will move to a logistics center that due to its figures will become one of the great references in southern Europe, being the only center in northwestern Spain and that It will serve to supply the entire northern area of Spain, as well as Portugal.
A 200,000-square-meter facility Amazon has yet to announce
Amazon has not yet officially announced the project. At the moment, the company prefers to keep a low profile. Although, the procedures of the Siero City Council have already begun and the Asturian administrations have made themselves known some figures of the new logistics center.
The new Amazon center will be built in the Polígono de Bobes, with facilities spanning up to 200,000 meters. It will be one of its largest facilities in our country, surpassing benchmark logistics centers such as Illescas, in Toledo, where Amazon occupies a plot of about 100,000 square meters. It will also exceed the logistics center near the Barcelona airport, with an area of 60,000 square meters and which stands out for the use of the latest technologies in robotics.
The Amazon network in Spain began in 2012 with the San Fernando de Henares center in Madrid. Since then, the company has opened centers in El Prat, Martorelles, Castellbisbal, Illescas, Dos Hermanas and Alcalá de Henares. In total, up to 28 centers that directly employ some 12,000 people in Spain. The new Asturias center will be one of Amazon’s major projects in Spain for the next few years, together with the new Aragon data center, which is expected to open by the end of 2022.
In addition to its size, the logistics center stands out for the planned investment. In total, a investment of about 100 million euros, to directly employ 2,000 people. If we compare it with the last center in Toledo, one of the largest to date, an investment of about 60 million euros and it is estimated that some 1,100 jobs would be created.
As described Trade, about 8,000 square meters of the total area will be used for offices and it is expected that a good part of the employment generated will be highly qualified.
The Siero City Council has already registered the work and activity license. From Siero they want to give maximum agility to the project and they estimate that the company will start operations in Bobes by the end of 2022. These days, the Siero Government Board has approved the concession of a new license for another independent plot of 18,400 square meters with which to start the works. There has also been an investment of 1.45 million euros for a truck park in Bobes.
The Los Angeles bleach company, located on the land where this new logistics center will be located, has already started the procedures to move to another area.
As reported The New Spain, the arrival of Amazon has already triggered interest in the land available in the Polígono en Bobes. The Asturias Land Management and Promotion Society (Sogepsa) explains that “there has been a substantial increase in requests for information.”
The election of Siero and Asturias, compared to the candidacy of Vitoria, represents one of the great economic investments in the Principality of the last 30 years. From the arrival of DuPont in 1993, a project like this is not remembered. With this new center, Amazon will be placed among the five companies with the most workers in Asturias, along with Alimerka, Arcelor, Lacera, Daorje and Masymas.
The road communications from Siero would have been a key aspect for the election, as described The voice of Galicia. Through the ports of Gijón and Avilés, Asturias also has good maritime transport, a very relevant aspect for a logistics center that will distribute millions of packages a year.