On February 1, the General Assembly of Members of the Andalucía Aerospace cluster, to which M&M Group belongs, was held in Seville. M&M Group’s general manager, Luis Pizarro, is also vice-president of the association. During his speech, Antonio Gómez-Guillamón, president of Andalucía Aerospace, remarked that the cluster aims to strengthen the Andalucía Aerospace brand as a designation of origin to internationally promote all the companies in our region that make up the Andalusian aerospace ecosystem.
In his report, Juan Román, director of the cluster, emphasized that the cluster continues to grow in number of members and that it already has 82 member companies. The incorporation of seven new aerospace companies to the cluster was ratified. They are companies engaged in a wide range of activities (engineering, testing and testing, industrial and also in the space segment) as a sign of the comprehensive capabilities demonstrated by the sector. The cluster continues to be accompanied by several service companies that are linked to the sector, highlighting the fact that five new collaborating companies have joined the cluster in the last year.
A collaboration agreement has also been signed with the University of Seville to create synergies between the latter and the companies and to promote development and innovation in the sector. Similar agreements will soon be extended to other Andalusian universities.
Aerospace PERTE, opportunities for the industry
The event included a conference on “The aerospace PERTE, opportunities for the industry”, given by Miguel Belló, Commissioner for the aerospace PERTE. Belló advanced the plans foreseen in this Plan to boost the Sector, which includes the development of the Spanish Space Agency that will have its headquarters in Seville. In the same way, the opportunities that this Plan can offer to the Andalusian aerospace companies were also discussed.
To close the conference, the Regional Minister for Universities, Research and Innovation, José Carlos Gómez Villamandos, the Regional Minister for Economy, Finance and European Funds, Carolina España, and the Mayor of Seville, Antonio Muñoz, took the floor. They all agreed in highlighting the strategic nature of the aerospace sector for Andalusia and the important year that 2023 was going to be for this industry with all the announced projects, including the implementation of the Aerospace Strategy. They also alluded to the importance of hosting Seville as the headquarters of the Spanish Space Agency.
Gómez Villamandos explained that “Andalusia has enough coastline and unique enclaves as the one that will host the CEUS project that promotes the regional executive with the Government for this shuttle to operate from here. He also stressed that “the Andalusian aerospace industry has an unquestionable strength and attractiveness that would allow the decision to decide the location of this initiative”, while he has asked all the agents operating in this sector “to work together to make the initiative a reality for the region and contribute to economic growth and employment generation in the region”.
He also assured that the achievement of the Spanish Space Agency for Seville places the community in a privileged position to host the launcher, two projects that, as he remarked, “would strengthen Andalusia as a national and European benchmark in this industry and will also place it at the forefront of technology and innovation in this economic activity.”
Source: Andalucía Aerospace – Junta de Andalucía