Bloomberg films capture Maersk’s global impact

A new container factory which has brought jobs to Chile, and a pioneering project to regenerate trade in Indonesia are the focus of a TV series which premiers this week on Bloomberg.

San Antonio
The reefer factory in San Antonio, Chile is operated by Maersk Container Industry (MCI).

Maersk has teamed up with Bloomberg TV for a series of films to be broadcast on its’ Time for Global Action programme, under the theme Infrastructure Partnerships for Socio-Economic Growth.

One of the Maersk colleagues featured in the programme is Gloria Diaz, a welder in a reefer factory operated by Maersk Container Industry (MCI) in San Antonio, Chile. The factory has had a major impact on the local community, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs to an area of high unemployment as well as further opportunities generated by the need for local support industries.

Bringing down unemployment

With industrial skills such as welding, painting and robotic operations in short supply, MCI partnered with the Chilean Ministry of Labour to launch training programmes aimed at raising competencies and bringing down unemployment in the region.

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Watch the Bloomberg TV teaser about Gloria Diaz 1:00

Watch the stories on Bloomberg
The Time for Global Action series explore how infrastructure, training and local economic development can deliver inclusive growth and expand opportunities for both global business and local communities.

The stories will be broadcast as follows:

United States

  • Saturday 10 December 2016 at 19:30 (ET)
  • Saturday 17 December 2016 at 19:30 (ET)

Latin America

  • Saturday 10 December 2016 at 19:30 (ET)
  • Saturday 17 December 2016 at 19:30 (ET)

Asia Pacific

  • Sunday 11 December 2016 at 13.30 (HKT)
  • Sunday 18 December 2016 at 13.30 (HKT)

Diaz trained for seven months to become a welder, taking evening classes after work and not returning home until 11pm at night. Today she is well on her way to becoming a master welder on the main assembly line, earning a professional wage on which she supports her son and mother.

“I never pictured myself as a welder and it was a challenge for me, something totally different,” says Diaz. “I got intrigued when I heard about the company (MCI) and said, why not? So then I started looking into the recruiting process and everything involved in it, and now here I am in Maersk, as a welder.”

Pioneering projects
Offering equal opportunities, MCI paved the way to a diverse workforce. Today 20% of the factory workforce is female – an unusually high figure for an industrial company and for a Chilean employer.

“I would really like to be a team leader to be in charge of a group and guide them to share what I have learned,” says Diaz.

The programme also reports from Bitung in Indonesia, where Maersk has launched a pioneering project to enable trade in the region.

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Watch the Bloomberg TV teaser about the Bitung enabling trade project 1:00