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The aeronautical sector demands more involvement from the Administration

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Investment in research and development is fundamental to underpin the growth trend that companies in the sector have been experiencing in recent years.

The industry plays a key role in any economy and, in the case of Spain, is fundamental because of the tractor role it has over the rest of the national economy. Thus, innovation is a basic axis for the industrial development and the improvement of the competitiveness of Spain in the world.

In its case, “the aeronautics industry is leading R & D with an investment of 828 million euros and the almost 400 companies that form part of the sector allocate 11% of their sales to innovation, which represents 6% of all The investment in technological innovation in Spain, “said Manuel del Pozo, deputy director of EXPANSIÓN during the inauguration of the IV Specialized Meeting on Aeronautics Industry organized by EXPANSIÓN and sponsored by Airbus, with the collaboration of the Spanish Association of Defense, Aeronautics and Space (Tedae).

Much of the importance of the aeronautics industry lies in the fact that “it is at the point of convergence in many areas”, defended Manuel Conthe, jurist, economist and president of the Advisory Council of EXPANSIÓN and Actualidad Económica. Likewise, Conthe argued that this industry “is a strategic sector because not only the service, transport and the airport industry or the companies, but also the manufacturers come together, in addition to having an impact on environmental or defense policies.”

Adolfo Menéndez, president of Tedae, said that “the aeronautics industry is not conceived without effective public-private collaboration”. The wealth generated by the sector shows the need to continue investing in R & D to continue on the path of growth. Thus, “we have to advance in the processes of internationalization that allow the companies a greater diversification gaining markets, business opportunities and, in short, to be more competitive”.

Rafael González-Ripoll, president of Airbus Operations, said that “the turnover in our sector has a very high social return.” In this sense, González-Ripoll explained that there are four basic pillars of responsibility: “The support of the Public Administrations, the tractor companies, which act as a backbone and are responsible for boosting growth, our partners and suppliers, and the centers Research and development “.

Innovation

In addition, González-Ripoll defended the important role of innovation in the sector. “Innovation has been crucial in Spain, we have been courageous and capable of facing challenges and, in order not to lose that growth trend, we must continue to innovate and invest,” he added.

For Francisco Javier Díaz Gil, CEO of Alestis, “where the sector has changed the most is in the supply chain”. Alestis’ director explained that “programs such as the A350 have allowed a significant production jump from 4% to 11%, where the supply chain has played a key role.”

Looking to the future is one of the challenges of the sector. Thus, Luis Izco, CEO of MTorres, explained that “what happens in the Spanish aeronautics industry in ten years will depend on the decisions we are taking today.” And at this point, “digitization is making things move and develop much faster,” Izco added.

Ginés Clemente, CEO of Aciturri, wanted to highlight the importance of growth and competitiveness. “Every company has to have the ambition to grow and this is an area where this is possible, since the sector itself propitiates the growth of the company.” For its part, Placido Márquez, head of Institutional Relations of ITP, stressed that “we have a magnificent aeronautical industry, the fifth in Europe.” In addition, Márquez stated that “public aid must be incorporated into the business model.”

Juan María Vázquez, general secretary of Science and Innovation and president of the CDTI, said that “from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, we are aware of the importance that the aeronautical sector has for Spain.” The objectives of the sector, especially technological ones, “make public support necessary or especially interesting, a support that must transcend the purely financial and help to undertake large projects and large programs in public-private cooperation,” Vázquez defended at the close of the day.

Industria Jornada Expansión – POR María Sánchez – 31/05/2017

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