Juanma Moreno attended the delivery of the 200th C295 aircraft in the Airbus plant in Seville

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has defined the aerospace sector as key in the economy and strategic for the progress of Andalusia by occupying the first positions in exports and contributing a growing percentage to Andalusian GDP, at the same time he has highlighted the importance of maintaining employment as an essential element in order to emerge stronger from the crisis we are going through as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Moreno, who has attended the delivery of the C295 aircraft number 200 at the Airbus plant in Seville together with the president of Airbus Spain, Alberto Gutiérrez, and the Regional Minister of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities, Rogelio Velasco, has stated that it represents a milestone full of hope and confidence in the potential of Andalusia and the Andalusians.

Thus, he has valued the importance of the aerospace sector, since, as he has said, the Andalusian Region is one of the most important aerospace centers in Europe and has a powerful research ecosystem and with more than 143 companies that invoice close to the 3,000 million euros, which translates into some 14,500 stable and mostly highly qualified jobs.

In this sense, he has pointed out that Andalusia has consolidated a highly competitive and valuable innovative ecosystem that is reinforced with the Aerospace Strategy. “Once again, the Andalusian Government has complied with the sector, with its word and with facilitating the ways for the progress of this land. Andalusia is the first Region to have a comprehensive aerospace planning instrument,” he added.

In this way, he has referred to some of the measures that have been put in place to consolidate this industry, among which is the commitment to the competitiveness of traditional areas through digitization and the incorporation of advanced technologies and sustainability in the manufacturing processes, the commitment to the technologies for the Aviation of the Future or the incentives for the diversification of the activity, very focused on the manufacture of traditional aerostructures.

Moreno, who has underlined that the Andalusian innovation ecosystem is prepared to contribute to the most advanced projects in the defense industry, has mentioned initiatives that are underway such as the Center for Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (CFA) in Puerto Real, an ideal space for applied research to the aerospace sector. “We expect to tender the concession contract for the center next December and that it will come into operation in the first quarter of 2022.”

He has also mentioned the CEUS project in Moguer and, as he has detailed, the Andalusian Region will have a Testing Center for Unmanned Systems that will be the only one in Europe that is expected to be operational in early 2023.

In addition, he has stated that steps are already being taken to prepare, together with other agents in the sector, Seville’s candidacy to host the new business incubator of the European Space Agency, the ESA Business Innovation Center.

Commitment with the sector

The President of the Junta has stressed that the commitment of the Andalusian Government with this sector is unquestionable, which is demonstrated in the aid package that has been approved this week worth 15 million euros in order to breathe economic oxygen that requires the aerospace fabric with direct aid to companies that are having a bad time of up to 300,000 euros.

In this way, he has stated that “Andalusia is a benchmark for aerospace and has made the Airbus project strong since its inception due to its human capital, and that cannot be relocated”. “If Airbus is what it is today, it is largely due to the work and effort of Andalusian engineers and their talent. We would like, within that fluid relationship we have, to participate in making decisions about the future. from the Puerto Real factory. We believe that the reinforcement of the El Puerto plant could be a great opportunity to make it a benchmark in green hydrogen projects, “he added.

Finally, he reiterated that the aerospace industry has an extraordinary future, but has insisted that European aid is necessary to consolidate this sector, which he has defined as strong, tenacious and capable.