Its spectacular Templar castle has witnessed an eventful military history for ten centuries. Today Monzon is the capital of Cinca Medio, an active city and a thriving economic and industrial center with a long historical tradition.
Monzon is the second city of Huesca by population. According to the National Institute of Statistics, it has 17,236 inhabitants, spread over an area of 155.01 square km.
Monzon’s industrial tradition began at the beginning of the 20th century with the construction of the sugar factory. After the Civil War, new industries such as Hidro Nitro Española (HNE), Aiscondel, Etino-Química, Polidux or Monsanto-Aiscondel were incorporated.
In its territory there are many agricultural and livestock farms, and industrial tradition, with a strong presence of chemical and metallurgical activity (foundries, manufacture of machinery and structures).
Monzon has industrial land available. The proximity and the new highway mean a significant reduction in transport times and costs, making the area a very suitable place for the establishment of companies of all kinds. It is, without a doubt, a strategic location for the highly saturated Catalan industrial areas with high location costs.
Cinca Medio business network
1-A diversified economy with a noticeable industrial character. Industrial SMEs are a great asset for the region.
2-Agri-food industry. The great abundance of irrigated land, good logistics connections and a competitive industrial environment give great potential to the agri-food industry Almost 80% of the total area of the romarca is used for agricultural uses.
3-High agricultural productivity of the region: 74% of the lands are irrigated: a privileged area due to its abundance of water for agricultural use, because it is located between the two main irrigation areas of the province of Huesca: the Aragon and Catalonia Canal and Irrigation plan of Alto Aragon.
4. It is a space intended to promote economic development by taking advantage of easy access to the economies of Catalonia, France and the Centre and North of the Iberian Peninsula. A Logistics and Industrial zone in the area of influence of the railway located in the vicinity of the Pyrenean Railway Crossing (TCP).
- 93% is herbaceous crop: cereals (barley), industrial crops (sunflower) and forages (Alfalfa).
- 5.38% are fruit crops
- 1.13% is olive grove cultivation
- 0.11% are vineyards.
The Autonomous Region has 25% of the total European alfalfa production and an annual production of 813,000 tons (55% of the Spanish production) and the production in the Cinca Medio is 77,000 tons (9.5% of the Aragonese production ) In 2013/2014, 80% of the alfalfa from Aragon and Cinca Medio was exported to: China, the United Arab Emirates, and almost all the countries of the Mediterranean arc.
It has an area of approximately 13,000 Ha that is distributed among the municipalities of Barbastro, Castejon del Puente, Monzon and Binefar. Three counties that potentially meet the criteria:
- Accessibility to infrastructure networks:
- < 2.000 m to road connections
- < 5.000 m to the Madrid –Zaragoza-Barcelona railway network
- < 5.000 m to equipment and basic services
- Intermodality: accessibility to the two modes of transport (rail and road) and to the future Pyrenean Railway Crossing. Distance <10,000 meters.
5. New investments in the food processing industry:
In the region there is an agri-food industry whose main productions are fruit processing in Binaced, the forage industry in Monzon, oil mills in Albalate and Fonz, as well as a cereal trading industry in both Monzon and Almunia de San Juan (Ariéstolas )
6. Business network: the industrial tradition of the region has favoured the development of:
- Technical services: engineering professionals, consultancies … necessary to provide a specialized technical service to the industrial sector.
- The road freight transport sector, turning Cinca Medio into a logistics powerhouse.
- The railway potential together with road transport, have generated the demand for services to supply the TIM (Intermodal Terminal).
- By car.
– Huesca: 65 kilometres
– Lérida: 50 Kilometres (through the A-22 Lerida-Huesca highway and the N-240 Tarragona-San Sebastian highway)
-To the south, the regional A-1234 leads to Zaidin and Fraga (Bajo Cinca).
-Looking north, the Pyrenees is an hour and a half by car with two options: going up to Fonz or connecting in Barbastro with the N-123 road that leads to Graus (and from here to Benasque) and, taking the exit to Puente Las Pilas, Aínsa and the Ordesa and Pineta valleys.
-Three regional trains Lerida-Zaragoza
-Two Monzon-Lerida shuttles
Both options are the way to link with the High Speed train.
The completion of the A-22 Lerida-Huesca highway (only the Sietamo-Huesca section remains to be completed) and the A-21 Jaca-Pamplona will bring Monzon closer to the Mediterranean and the Cantabrian Sea with enviable communication alternatives.
CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE
The image of the city is unmistakable due to the imposing silhouette of its castle, elevated on a hill. Declared a National Monument, it was erected by the Muslims; later it would be the seat of the main Templar order of the Crown of Aragon, where the infant Jaime I, future king of Aragon, was educated.
Currently, the castle houses an interesting Interpretation Center in which the visitor is introduced to the fascinating world of the monk-warriors of the Order of the Templars.
Joaquín Costa Hometown
Its streets saw the birth of the thinker Joaquín Costa, whose legacy would later leave a deep mark on the history of Aragon and Spain. There you can visit his birthplace, where a museum has been created around his figure.
Co-Cathedral of Santa María del Romeral
This building, with a Latin cross plan, is of Romanesque origin and several court sessions of the Crown of Aragon were held there.
The old town cordons off the castle from east to west and houses buildings of interest such as the town hall, Casa de Pano, Palacio de los Luzan or the Casa de Zazurca.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Around the city there is a wide variety of leisure activities. Enjoying the privileged proximity to the Pyrenees offers unbeatable conditions for the practice of sports such as mountain climbing, hiking, mountain biking, canyoning or rafting.
In addition, it is a territory with public education centres, an extended network of health care centres, nurseries, sports, leisure and cultural facilities.
1. An economy with a deep industrial character Industry
1.- An economy with a deep industrial character Industry concentrates 37% of the local economy (compared to 19% in the EU or 17% in Spain) with industrial activity in diversified sectors such as petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, metallurgy, electrical and electronic components or wood and paper 30%
2. Strategic location
Monzon, located in the northeast of the Autonomous Region of Aragon, is at the epicentre of a 450 km radius that represents 70% of Spanish GDP. Connected by highway to Catalonia and the Basque Country (under construction), easy access to France and the main ports in the North of Spain (Atlantic and Mediterranean)
3. Availability of industrial land
More than 4,800,000 m2 of industrial land in the industrial estates of La Armentera de Monzon (4,077,000 m2), Las Paules, La Corzana, Albalate del Cinca and Alcolea del Cinca with a wide range of land and industrial buildings, with competitive prices and high quality energy services. The Paules estate in Monzon is completely sold and the expansion has begun due to the connection with the highway.
4. Potential large-scale logistics hub
Due to its strategic location and optimal connectivity, the Monzon Intermodal Terminal (TIM), located in La Armentera, connects with the main Spanish logistics hubs (Port of Bilbao and Port of Barcelona) and the closest European commercial partners.
- Volume: 100,000 tons / year
- Containers: 3700 TEUs / year
- A single shipping line (MSC)
- Two ports of entry (Bilbao and Barcelona)
- Two railway operators
- Volume diversification
- Multimodal logistics
Logistics operators using TIM and its connections:
Logistics operators using TIM and its connections:
1.TCB Railway Transport, S.L.
- Port of Barcelona
- Zaragoza Logistics Platform
2.MSC Spain, S.A.
- Port of Bilbao
- Port of Barcelona
- Chemical products
- Consumer goods
The optimal connectivity with the main communication axes of this platform facilitates direct communication with the network of logistics hubs in Spain and Europe.
5. Competitive prices
The province of Huesca offers the most attractive industrial land prices in its surroundings for the implementation of business projects.
6. Highly competitive human capital
Monzon offers a wide range of Vocational Training (FP) courses, superior to Huesca and Aragon, according to the oriented productive structure of the area and the development of quality HR, aligned with the evolution of the industrial, agro-industrial and logistics network, among other thriving sectors of the region.
7. Institutional support
Administrative agility and maximum support from the Cinca Medio Region and the Aragonese institutions to business projects (up to 30% of the investment, up to 100% of the training through INAEM, etc.)
8. Competitivas infraestructuras de suministros para un exigente entorno industrial
La comarca del Cinca Medio tiene acceso directo a todas las infraestructuras energéticas necesarias para un uso industrial. El suministro eléctrico abastece a la zona una línea eléctrica de 200 KV y está programada la construcción de una línea de 400KV.
El suministro de gas queda garantizado a la Comarca del Cinca Medio por un gasoducto de 12” que une las localidades de Tamarite con Monzón. Desde Monzón parte un ramal hacia Barbastro de 8” y otro que conecta con el gasoducto del SerraBLO.
9. Riqueza hídrica, un “caudal de posibilidades” para nuevos proyectos empresariales
Excelente abastecimiento de agua, saneamiento y depuración de aguas residuales, y los beneficios potenciales de un 74% de las tierras de regadío.
Conectada por autovías gracias a su privilegiada ubicación geográfica y a sus buenas comunicaciones con Lérida y Barcelona por la A-22, y con Navarra y País Vasco a través de la A-21 y A-23.
Nodo ferroviario con capacidad de realizar actividades logísticas de alto valor añadido, dando lugar a plataformas logísticas integradas con las terminales ferroviarias.
1. Aid for investment in fixed assets
- Regional Incentives: up to 30% of the total investment in new assets
2. Recruitment and training of workers
- Free recruitment according to criteria set by the company (Inaem)
- Training tailored to the needs of the company (up to 100% initial training costs)
- Free Training Agreements with hiring commitment Through an agreement between the INAEM and the company, it is possible to cover 100% of the costs of training and hiring new employees. The company defines the agreement according to its training needs, designing each course with internal or external instructors
3. Aid for job creation
- Up to 200,000 euros in three years through the Aragonese Employment Institute
4. Financial support
- Reindus Program: soft financing (Ministry of Industry)
- AVALIA: granting of credit guarantees by the Government of Aragon
- SODIAR: seed capital for financing new business projects
5. Town councils
- Institutional support and administrative agility for the start-up of the company
6. Institutional Factors to Support Location
Strategic planning: Strategic Plan of the Region