The 1st Meeting of Aerospace-Railway-Naval Clusters was attended by more than 100 companies from these three essential sectors

Aerópolis has been the meeting point for representatives of three of the main Andalusian technology clusters – aerospace, rail and naval – along with a hundred companies from these sectors that are so relevant to the Andalusian and Spanish industry and economy.

The event, organized by Andalucía Aerospace, the Railway Innovation Hub and the Clúster Marítimo Naval de Cádiz, was also attended by the Regional Minister for Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities, and the three major driving companies: Airbus, ADIF and Navantia.

The meeting was opened by the Regional Head of Economic Transformation, Rogelio Velasco, who defended the role of the aerospace, naval and railway clusters as catalysts for the competitiveness of the activities they represent, supporting collaboration as the way to boost the innovative and exporting potential of these industrial segments.

In his speech, Velasco stated that these business groups have “a proven ability to act as catalysts, mobilizing competitiveness and innovation and attracting companies.” For this reason – he added – the collaboration between these transport sectors in Andalusia “must be an element of differentiation and a regional asset”, since they are “technological, specialized industrial centers with an incredible projection”.

Aerospace and Naval PERTE

The head of Economic Transformation stressed the strategic importance of European funds for these sectors. “In Andalusia we have everything ready, so we continue to demand the urgent approval and call for the announced aerospace and naval PERTE by the central government”. In this context, he assured that “these resources can decisively contribute to accelerating the new industrial model that is promoting the region.”

Three clusters

For their part, the presidents of the three clusters – Antonio Gómez-Guillamón, president of Andalucía Aerospace, Laura Tordera, president of the Railway Innovation Hub and José Luis García-Zaragoza, president of the Clúster Marítimo-Naval de Cádiz, valued the work of the clusters “as dynamic agents of innovation and development initiatives and projects”, and how they generate new business opportunities for their companies.

Representatives from ADIF, Navantia and Airbus also participated in the meeting, presenting the strategic lines of the three companies and the general guidelines and business opportunities for 2022 and 2023.

Subsequently, the representatives of the companies were able to hold B2B meetings to encourage networking and establish channels of collaboration. The event was also broadcast live via streaming.