The company from
Cádiz has become the prime quality service model for aerospace enterprises,
involving works in the development phase as well as in the production phase.
With 12 million euros of turnover and more than 200 employees, MAVE is
committed to specialization as key part of its growth and expansion at the
international level. The enterprise has stable presence in England, Germany,
Australia and Indonesia, where is working with main customers within the sector"

It was in 2000 when the
aerospace industry started to develop strongly. It was the time of the big
expansion in Europe: first CASA and then the giant Airbus. An air of
entrepreneurship started to hang over the atmosphere in Spain and in France and
many professionals started to realize that they could collaborate with this
development from outside of the big company. In addi­tion, in Andalusia this
favourable atmosphere was enhanced with one positive factor: a hundred-year-old
aerospace tradition. It was in that context that Joaquin Arregui spun off into
his own business and set up MAVE in 2001 with eight employees.

Since then more than ten years
have gone by and today MAVE can brag about employing more than 200 people and
notably about being the firm of reference for the aerospace industry in the
area of Quality Assurance, Maintenance and Periodical Revisions of Tooling,
Calibration and Control of Quality. “We are the quality supplier of reference
within the aerospace industry”, states MAVE’s general director, Carlos
María-Tomé. He is proud of having reached a turnover of 12 million euros in the
last year and working for companies such as Airbus, EADS, Aernnova, Alestis,
Aciturri, Sofitec, CESA, Inespasa, Carbures, Infasur, LTK, MP, M Torres,
Aritex, Tecnatom, Burdinberri, Alten and SMA, among others. We just have to
look over MAVE’s customer portfolio to identify the prime entitled names of the
Spanish and Andalusian aerospace industry.

According to its general
director, this successful evolution is resulted from a variety of key reasons.
First, being able to understand and take advantage of a market opportunity
within the aerospace industry. At the time, quality was an area which wasn’t
traditionally subcontracted, but the logic evolution entailed its outsourcing,
looking for better business effectiveness as it was happening in the rest of
the world, by the way. “We are part of a market where big companies are
increasingly bigger and financially more powerful and they demand
specialization. It’s this demand that we took advantage of”, explains Carlos
María-Tomé.

The opportunity was there, but it had to be shifted towards
strength and this is what MAVE have been doing in the course of all these years
with a recipe that its manager director explains this way: “doing things well,
trying to give more and better than competitors and matching up to what the
market was requiring: specialization”. Behind this firm commitment to
satisfying this demand for specialization is what María-Tomé considers to be
key and essential pillar within his company: human resources training”.

“If you want to deliver
specialization, you have to choose very well your people and be devoted to
train them, giving absolute priority to this objective. That’s why in MAVE we
provide customized training, to let them adapt to any type of task required by
the market. If we provide quality services we understand that our people are
the most important asset and we never forget about it in our company”.

In
MAVE we provide customized training to let our employees get adapted to any
kind of task required by the market. Our people are our main asset and we never
forget about it"

Together with this nature, MAVE
still has its original headquarters in Cadiz, curiously on the site of the
former factory CASA, although it also has offices in Seville and Madrid, both
of them led by an operation manager. The “landing” in Seville took place in
2002, when the organization was reinforced with the incorporation of Carlos
María-Tomé, who came from CASA. Then, in 2007, they took the big leap to the
capital of Spain, and later, the company sent a team to Illescas where inspection
of large parts is supplied. Now they also have stable presence in England,
Germany as well as in Australia and Indonesia, confirming their international
expansion within an increasingly global market.

This territorial growth has
been driven together with an increasing participation in the main aerospace
programmes, involving the project phase as well as the serial production phase.
Like this, the A400M has entailed a strong growth for the company as well as
the A380, A350 and notably the A330 MRTT. MAVE started participating in this
programme with three people for two months and now they have sent 50 people who
have been working there for five years.

Aerospace specialization

In
fact, this territorial expansion and commitment to prime programmes represents
the most important way of growth for MAVE, which has opted for specialization
instead of the diversification strategy driven by other companies, since “it is
such a sensitive and delicate area” explains the general director. The company
supplies quality services, which it does, in its two levels: development phase
and production phase.

The company is mainly focused
(55%) on the area of “Aeronautical Components Quality Inspection” which
involves receiving inspections, aeronautical assembly and components; quality
inspection of aeronautical parts (metallic, carbon fiber…); quality inspection
of structures and assembly; QA inspections FAL & LV and QA inspections FTC
& CAP. 35% of the activity is focused on the area of “Tooling Quality and
Aeronautical Production Tools and Hardware”, where the company provides
services of mechanical preventive maintenance, periodical revisions with laser
tracker, forecasted or sporadic relocation of aeronautical tools, integral
relocation of big jigs, maintenance and special tooling, reception of tools,
quality inspections of tools, measurement, reports, analysis of deviations with
laser tracker, numerical control tool machine calibration with laser tracker
and interferometer.

Lastly, the area of “Quality Engineering and Customer
Quality” is composed by the remaining 15% of the activity and provides services
related to the field of quality systems ISO9001, UNE-EN9100 and environmental
certification ISO14001,supervision of quality systems EN9100, sampling quality
process and products suppliers, quality processes, know how, management of
NC´s, AC´s, ID´s, management quality engineering, KPI´s, audits, certifications
and qualifications, quality documentation, quality planning and control of
configuration.