II Edition. Aeronautical and Aerospace International Congress of Galicia – 12 de abril 2018

The second edition of the Aeronautical and Aerospace International Congress organized by the Galician Aeronautical Consortium had more than 250 participants in which companies such as MTorres, Boeing, Delta Vigo, Coasa, Indra or Babcock International, among others, met.

The event began with the opening of the President of the Galician Aeronautical Consortium, Mr. Enrique M. Mallón, and many other relevant personalities for the Galician aeronautical industry such as Ms. Rosa Eguizábal, Director of Economic Promotion of the Free Zone Consortium of Vigo, Mr. Salustiano Mato, President of CINAE, Ms. Carmela Silva, President of the Provincial Council of Pontevedra, and Mr. Abel Caballero, Mayor of Vigo.

This second edition of the Congress is attended by leading global companies, such as Boeing, and companies associated with aeronautics or with projects under development in this sector such as MTorres, Indra, Alestis Aerospace or Babcock. In addition, the Galician Innovation Agency, GAIN, presented the Civil Project UAVs Initiative that is being carried out in Rozas.

The Congress was closed by the President of the Galician Aeronautical Consortium, Mr. Enrique M. Mallón, the Regional Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry, Mr. Francisco José Conde.

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I EDITION. Aeronautical and Aerospace International Congress of Galicia – 23 y 24 de junio de 2015

The Consortium has brought together more than 200 industry professionals aeronautics and space in the first edition of the Aeronautical and Aerospace International Congress, where they have exposed the novelties and trends of the market, as well as the capabilities of materials such as aluminum, titanium and composites.

During the Congress also highlighted the high level of Spanish engineering capacity.

INFORMATION ON THE PRESENTATIONS

Antonio Castro, Galileo Operations Unit of the European Space Agency (ESA), participated in the first block, which dealt with the new opportunities for Galicia in the space sector. He explained: “the aerospace sector has shown its strength, as in times of crisis it has not only resisted but has continued to demand more qualified personnel than existed in the market”. He stressed that the European Space is at the top level worldwide, because quantitatively NASA has more budget, at a qualitative level we are on a par. “As for the future, the contribution of the member states for the development and construction of the new launchers has been guaranteed”.

Jose Antonio Vilán, Commissioner of Vigo Technology of the University of Vigo, declared: “from the University of Vigo we have realized the opportunity that represents the aerospace sector, aeronautics and space both nationally and internationally”.

Fernando Aguado, Coordinator of the Aerospace Strategic Group of the University of Vigo, mentioned the first Galician satellite, the potentialities that the University of Vigo has and the projects it is developing and has developed. He indicated that: “from Galicia we have specialized with the purpose of promoting the aeronautical industry to world and international level.”

In the second block, Eloy Tembrás Franco, Technical Manager of HyperWorks at ALTAIR Spain, who focused his presentation on R+D+I as the key to the future, indicated that: “simulation must direct the design of products, that is to say, the objective is to encourage innovation in productive companies. The aim is for the structure to be standardised, but for this it is necessary for companies to think about problem solving, flexibility and simplicity of use”.

Juan Ignacio Lema, President of TECNIBERIA, took part in the third block that focused on Spanish Engineering as a reference for Europe. He declared: “We must fight under equal conditions both nationally and internationally”, and therefore urged: “the Spanish diplomacy that represents us abroad to give greater support to national companies when exporting in engineering. A country that does not take care of its engineering companies ends up being colonized”:

He also stressed: “At the moment the sector is suffering an extraordinary crisis, so we are forced to make a process of internationalization, in fact, the international turnover already exceeds 50%”. On the other hand, he highlighted as characteristics of the air sector: homogeneous regulation, expansion and growth of 15% of passenger traffic, in fact, high growth is expected in Asia-Pacific and a strong reduction in North America.

Jacinto Tortosa, General Manager of FIDAMC, focused his presentation on innovation as an engine in the development of composite materials where he said: “it is important to highlight that the market has a great demand in which technology is used to be competitive, Airbus and Boeing annually produce between 1,200 and 1,500 aircraft, 32,600 are expected to be needed by 2030”.

Jose Alfredo, International Business Development Director of CT Ingenieros, cited the company’s presence in numerous Spanish cities, Brazil and Europe and its new delegation in Ferrol together with Dinain. He highlighted that: “there are two clear lines that we must bet on since the future passes through them: robotization and techniques such as augmented reality”, with which he reiterated: “we have to be competitive not only in price, the key is the binomial price- result”.

In addition, he claimed: “taking into account everything we know, we must achieve more language, we must mention the difficulty of relating to other cultures that causes that we do not know how to sell ourselves”.

Javier Alejo, Managing Director of GHENOVA Aeronáutica, said: “we must highlight the capabilities of engineering, since there are no forecasts of new launches, we must focus on other niches: manufacturing and processes, systems intelligence and applications in new products. He also claimed: “we are facing a clear change of cycle in engineering and we must not forget that Spanish engineering is one of the world leaders, do not miss the capacity”.

María del Coro, Head of Marketing at UAV’s AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE, participated in the last panel. She highlighted the general aspects and the trend in the UAV´s highlighting that: “it is a future and growing sector that presents many potential applications such as drug control, immigration control, surveillance of jungle areas, anti-piracy controls, etc”. “When the regulations are updated and allow it, it will be a great sector to invest in.” Airbus España has 12,000 employees and a turnover of 5 billion euros.

Finally, in the closing ceremony, Salustiano Mato, Rector of the University of Vigo, shared the reflections that the University of Vigo is having in the aeronautical sector. He said: “we always think about betting on mature and consolidated sectors with tangible bets such as automotive or naval. The University of Vigo proposed that it was necessary to take advantage of the talent of the auxiliary industry to, through mature sectors and innovation, develop strategic poles in emerging sectors, such as aeronautics”. He also mentioned the Aerospace Innovation Centre, which “aims to be an instrument that works on demand by the companies in the Consortium”.

Enrique M. Mallón, president of CAG, indicated that: “in the coming months we will develop our 2015-2016 training plan, new company certifications, commercial missions and above all networking with aeronautical Tier 1”

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