Last
May, the Andalusian capital became the main centre of aerospace industry by posting
the “Aerospace and Defense Meetings”, the first business event of the aerospace
and defense sector in Spain, with a great success of participation and organisation.
The attendance of nearly 300 enterprises from 25 countries –including the top
four International manufacturers- and a busy meeting agenda confirmed the
importance of this event, which is already included in the international
sector´s calendar and whose continuity is backed by aerospace industry
stakeholders in Andalusia".

 

The Andalusian aerospace
industry feels fully satisfied after celebrating the “Aerospace and Defense
Meetings Seville 2012”
convention (ADM Seville 2012), the first International Business meeting of the
aerospace industry organised in Andalusia. The attendance to the event has been
a success with nearly 300 enterprises from 25 countries. Theses companies
celebrated up to 7000 work meetings, 1000 meetings more than expected. ADM
Seville 2012, held from 14th to 17th May in Seville, fulfilled all expectations
not just with regards to the number of companies and people that attended, but
also because of the quality, professionalism and international nature of the
event. Actually, many international companies were present, including the top
four international manufacturers –EADS, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier and other
great contracting companies and Tier One companies of the sector, such as
Safran, Dassault and Latecoere from France, Avio from Italy, Sabca from Belgium
or Alestis, Aernnova and Aciturri from Spain. All of them knew about the
reality of the aerospace sector and the strong activity of Andalusian
companies, and also established Business contacts which could develope into new
contracts in the coming years. In fact, in one third of the meetings there was
at least one Andalusian company, organisation reported.

This event has been very
positively valued by all stakeholders of the Andalusian aerospace industry,
especially by the attending firms – OEMs and top suppliers as well as
businesses from the auxiliary industry-, which plead for the continuation of
this event and for its celebration in two years time. In this way this event will
become part of the European and international aerospace calendar, similarly to
the events organised by other cities like Paris, London or Berlin.

To quote Antonio Ávila,
Regional Minister for Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment of Andalusia,
ADM Seville 2012 has become “a qualitative step forward” that has highlighted “the
international image of Andalusia as one of the main aerospace clusters in
Europe. Andalusia is nowadays capable guaranteeing large-size projects, such as
the programs A400M, A380 or A350”. It has also made it possible for the
Andalusian companies to have an international profile and to meet with firms of
other countries "with which the relations are less frequent. These meeting
will lead to new business oportunities that will generate more employment"
within the aerospace sector in Andalusia. Therefore, ADM Seville 2012 has
achieved its main target: showing the Andalusian sector as a benchmark within
the international aerospace scenario and as a propitious enclave for new
investments in the sector, as well as promoting the business activity of
Andalusian companies and trade relations with the aviation supply chain.

 

The space Challenge and the merger of the Tier One companies

The Aerospace and Space
Meetings 2012 (ADM Seville 2012) were inaugurated last May 14th in Aerópolis,
the Aerospace Technology Park of Andalusia. The meetings were organised by
Extenda, Trade and Promotion Agency of Andalusia, which is part of the Regional
Ministry for Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment, as well as by
Advanced Business Events (ABE) company. The first day of ADM 2012 started with
a series of technical lectures and was inaugurated by the Regional Minister of
Economy and the Spanish astronaut, Pedro Duque. In his inauguration lecture,
Pedro Duque stressed the importante of the aerospace industry for new
technology developments and explained some of the current challenges for this
industry, such as space tourism and space private trips.

Pedro Duque’s speech gave way
to the first round table, which was focused on the current situation and the
future of the Spanish aerospace industry. The round table was composed of
representatives from the main aerospace industries in Spain: Domingo Ureña, CEO
of Airbus Military; Iñaki López, president of Aernnova Aerospace; Ginés
Clemente, CEO of Aciturri; Jesús García Argüelles, the new chief executive of
Alestis Aerospace; Emiliano Mata, general director of Indra’s Defense Business
Development department; Ignacio Mataix, CEO of ITP; and José Luis Ruiz de
Castañeda, chief executive of Iberia Mantenimiento.

During the roundtable, Domingo
Ureña highlighted the need for boosting competitiveness as a means to face the
changes undergone by the global aerospace scenario, namely, the emergence in
the sector of China, India, Brasil and Russia, and the end of the Airbus-Boeing
duopoly. Another theme of discussion in the round table was the possible merger
of the three Spanish Tier One companies (Alestis, Aernnova and Aciturri). The
representatives of the three companies said that although they were not
thinking of merging right now, they did not dismissed the idea, however, they
would only merge if the merger brought about economic and industrial advantages.
Finally, the members of the table talked about the complex financial situation
of Alestis, and Aernnova and Aciturri expressed their support and offered their
help to the Tier One company.

A second round table on how to
make businesses with International equipment manufactures wrapped up the first
day. This round table was composed of representatives of EADS, Avio and Grupo
Latecoere. The third and last session, with top level managers from Airbus
Military, Aernnova, Alestis, Aciturri and Iberia Mantenimiento, addressed the
key issues necessary to make businesses with the main contractors of the Spanish
sector.

 

A busy agenda, plenty of workshops and visits

The event’s core activities
took place on May 15th and 16th at FIBES (Seville’s Congress and Exhibition
Centre), where the attending companies could arrange meetings and thematic
workshops were organised by companies and institutions of the aerospace
industry. In the side events program, worthy of mention are the introduction to
the international sector of Glenser Aerospace y Ayesa Air Control, new
Andalusian engineering companies, as well as the annual meeting of the European
Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP), composed of 39 European aerospace
clusters. On this occasion, Hélice, the Andalusian aerospace cluster, was the host
member. It was also very important the photo show about the aeronautical industry
in Andalusia that could be visited in the Avenida de la Constitución -an avenue
in the centre of Seville- and in the Airport of San Pablo, which was promoted
by Hélice with the collaboration of CATEC, Aerópolis, Airbus Military, the Town
Council of Seville and the airport Management with the aim of promoting the importance
of this industry in the city and in Andalusia. In the case of the second
location, the photo show will remain to welcome travellers and tourists to the
capital.

A total of 288 companies and
entities from the aerospace industry participated in ADM Seville 2012,
including 48 top international contractors. 700 professionals gathered in this
meeting, whose impact for the business sector was amplified by the
participation of 22 aerospace clusters from 12 countries, representing 2400
companies throughout the world. The event ended on May 17th with visits to
several Andalusian aerospace companies located in both Technology Parks,
Aerópolis (Seville) and Tecnobahía (Cadiz). Specifically, at Aerópolis, more
than a hundred professionals visited the FAL of the A400M, the Advanced Centre
for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) and 18 companies, including Aernnova,
Alestis, Sofitec, Inespasa, MDU, Teams y Navair. At Tecnobahía, a dozen experts
visited the Airbus Bahía de Cádiz Centre and Carbures company.

ADM Seville 2012 received
support of the most important institutions and entities of the aerospace
industry, such as the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster, Hélice; Aerópolis;
Tecnobahía; CATEC; Invest in Andalucía; IDEA; TEDAE, the Spanish Association
for Defense, Aeronautics and Space Technologies; the Ministry of Economy and
Competitiveness, through Invest in Spain; the City Hall of Seville, through
Seville Congress and Convention Bureau; and Albin, the Association of
Andalusian Companies Innovating in Security and Defence Strategic Technologies.

Date: 
Monday, July 2, 2012 (All day)