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Andalucía Aerospace cluster holds its general meeting

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The Andalucía Aerospace cluster, of which M&M Group is part, and of which Domingo Ureña is also vice-president, reaches its seventh year of activity in the Andalusian aerospace sector with a significant increase of associates and great challenges for 2024.

Meeting at the General Assembly on the campus of the CEU Fernando III University, the president, Antonio Gómez-Guillamón, thanked the new University for hosting the cluster in its magnificent facilities to hold this Assembly, as well as the commitment to work together to bring the university world closer to the aerospace industry, following the agreement signed to incorporate CEU as a collaborating partner of the Andalusian cluster.

During the Assembly, the budgets of the association for 2024 were approved and the action plan of the cluster for this new year was presented, which will be very focused on continuing to give visibility to companies in the sector, seek to diversify business opportunities for them, increase the international presence of the Andalusian aerospace sector and develop new innovation and technological projects.

There was an express mention to the need to promote the Andalusian Aerospace Strategy 2020-2027 as a necessary tool for the development of the sector, which is still pending to be developed in its most relevant projects.

In the Space sector, the cluster has offered to collaborate closely with the new Spanish Space Agency and was pleased that the Andalusat project, an initiative of the cluster to make a 100% Andalusian satellite, can go ahead with the commitment of funding by the Junta de Andalucía.

In his report, Juan Román, director of the cluster, emphasized that the cluster continues to grow in the number of members and that it now has 95 member companies. The incorporation of eleven new aerospace companies to the cluster in 2023 was ratified, companies with very diverse capabilities and that reflect the strength of the Andalusian sector to cover all the needs of the aerospace industry.

Andalucía Aerospace’s interest in a growing collaboration with Universities was also highlighted, hence the relevance of the agreement reached with the CEU Fernando III University.

In the field of innovation, three new projects led by the cluster have been approved: Imagina, Analysis Phase II and Impulso Phase III, in which 9 companies of the sector participate. The projects are co-financed by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. On the other hand, the cluster has participated in several European projects such as Prestigious, ASSETs+ and Aeris+.

During the Assembly there was also time to recall the celebration this year 2024 of the ADM (Aerospace and Defense Meeting) to be held in Seville from May 14 to 16. All companies were encouraged to participate, as this is the most important event of its kind to be held in Spain.

The event included the important Conference on “Challenges of the Defense Industry”, given by General Planells, deputy to the General Director of Armament and Material (DGAM) of the Ministry of Defense. General Planells explained the functions and responsibilities of the DGAM. At the same time, he made a tour of the priority projects in which they are currently involved and which affect the aerospace sector. Finally, he also explained what could be the opportunities for industrial companies working in Defense, recognizing that we were at a time when there was a greater awareness of the need to invest in national security and defense.

Finally, the businessman Miguel Ángel Tamarit Almagro, vice-president of Pegasus Aero Group, received the award “Andalusian Aerospace Executive 2023” granted by the Andalucia Aerospace cluster. The award was presented by the president of the cluster, Antonio Gómez-Guillamón, and the president of CEA, Javier Gonzalez de Lara.

The event ended with a few words from Javier Gonzalez de Lara, president of the Andalusian Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CEA), who encouraged everyone to continue building a more united and strong Andalusian aerospace sector, committed to the great challenges of sustainability and technological development. He stressed the importance of a cluster such as Andalucía Aerospace as a necessary instrument to achieve these great objectives and the full collaboration of CEA in total harmony with the work being done by the cluster.

Source: Andalucía Aerospace