The association continues to grow with more than 90 members
The Andalucía Aerospace cluster, in its sixth year of activity in the Andalusian aerospace sector, continues to move forward with a clear roadmap: internationalize, promote innovation and diversify in related sectors.
The objective is, first of all, to promote internationally all the companies in our region that make up the Andalusian aerospace ecosystem. Work is also underway to bring together nearby sectors to diversify activities, such as Defense. And, a third major strategic objective is to create collaborative areas so that companies, especially SMEs, can access greater work packages or accelerate their innovation and digitization projects.
Gathered in a General Assembly at the headquarters of the Spanish Space Agency, President Antonio Gómez-Guillamón highlighted: “A cluster like Andalucía Aerospace is absolutely necessary for the sector and our companies. It is a pride to see how we are becoming more and stronger. The cluster is the space where the common interests of all come together. And so, united, we are capable of great achievements.”
In his report, Juan Román, director of the cluster, ratified the incorporation of nine new aerospace companies into the cluster. (AES; Akkodis; Deimos; Integrasys; Pegasus; SIAM Ryanair; Skylife; Tratercom; Trescal). They are companies dedicated to very diverse activities (engineering, industrial trials and tests, MRO and Space) as a sample of the comprehensive capabilities exhibited by the sector. Various service companies linked to the sector continue to support the cluster, noting that in this first semester three new collaborating companies have joined (Alter EGO; OGA; Vixion). With this, the cluster is consolidated with more than 90 associated companies.
A collaboration agreement has also been signed with the University of Cádiz to promote training and innovation in the sector. This agreement is an extension of the existing one with the University of Seville. Similar agreements will soon be extended to other Andalusian universities.
The cluster has led three new innovation projects: Impulse Phase II, Analysis and Digisolar in which 7 SMEs from the sector participate. The projects are co-financed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. On the other hand, the cluster participates in various European projects such as Prestigious, ASSETs+ and Aeris+.
In its commitment to sustainability, the cluster signed a collaboration agreement with the Andalusian hydrogen cluster as a friendly entity. Both clusters are aware of the joint efforts that will be made in the coming years on the road to the challenge of zero emissions and decarbonization.
Last month, the cluster participated in the Paris Air Show with a large representation of Andalusian aerospace companies. There, the annual report of the Andalusian aerospace sector was presented, providing figures that show a clear recovery compared to previous years of the pandemic. Aggregate turnover in 2022 reached 2,356 million euros, increasing by 17% compared to the previous year. Direct employment was 13,136, increased by 8% compared to the previous year.
The Assembly featured a conference by Maria Prieto Simon, SVP Head of Operations Performance, Excellence and Manufacturing Engineering AIRBUS D&S, who reported on the main operational projects underway at Airbus Defense & Space”.
Antonio Castro, general director of TRADE, also participated, who advanced the lines of action of the new TRADE Agency. The act was welcomed by Miguel Belló, director of the Spanish Space Agency, who updated the situation of the Spanish Space Agency whose headquarters have been established in Seville.
To close the day, José Luis Sanz, Mayor of Seville, intervened, highlighting the strategic nature of the sector and the support of the municipal corporation to develop the aeronautical and space industry and position Seville as a center of influence and protagonist in both aerospace segments.