The Board of Trustees of HÉLICE, a foundation that boosts the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster, has approved the appointment of Joaquin Rodriguez Grau as new president of this institution, which represents all the companies of the aerospace industry in Andalusia.
Joaquin Rodriguez Grau is the Managing Director of FADA, the Andalusian Foundation For Aerospace Development, on which depends the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) -a reference in Europe in the field of unmanned systems, robotics, and new materials and manufacturing processes- and the ATLAS Center, devoted to experimentation and testing with UAVs medium in size and lightweight. Since 2008, Rodriguez Grau leads the Aerospace Technology Park in Andalusia, Aerópolis.
The new president of HÉLICE has developed his professional career in the private sector in the field of engineering and strategic consultancy, in organizations such as Ferrovial Group. In 2006, he joined the Andalusian Public Soil Company (EPSA), taking the management of great performances and the industrial development strategy, in coordination with the General Secretariat of Industry of the Department of Innovation, Science and Enterprise, of the Regional Government of Andalusia.
Rodríguez Grau is forestry engineer specialized in Industry by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has a Master in Financial and Economic Management by the International Institute of Graduate Programs of the Oberta University of Catalonia, and Professional Master in Planning and Management by the Pontifical Comillas University. He also has a Graduate Program in Financial and Accounting Management by the Oberta University of Catalonia.
He is a member of the Campus of International Excellence Andalucía Tech’s Board, of the Aeronautical Sectoral Committee of the Andalusian Technological Corporation (CTA), and of the Business Action Council of Hélice Cluster. He takes part in the committee for the elaboration of the Research, development and Innovation Andalusian Program (PAIDI 2020) as an expert.
A growing sector
According to the latest report of the aerospace industry in Andalusia that each year elaborates HÉLICE Cluster, in 2013 the turnover of the aeronautical industry in Andalusia exceeded for the first time the barrier of 2,000 million Euros and has generated more than 400 new jobs, reaching a total of 11,685 workers, a 3.5 % more than in 2012. In this growth had high profile international exports, which reached 1,509 million Euros in 2013, 44% more than in 2012. Also in 2013, the aerospace sector in Andalusia increased in two points its contribution to GDP, which rose from 17% to 19 %. With regard to the auxiliary industry in 2013 increased productivity in a 7% with respect to 2012, the year in which it had grown up to turn a 10% with respect to 2011.
The Andalusian aerospace sector, composed by 115 companies located primarily in the provinces of Seville and Cadiz, "has experienced a great growth in recent years, not only in the volume of business and employment, but also in productivity, financial capacity, specialization, internationalization, investment in R&D, diversification of the portfolio of costumers and exports," says the new President of HÉLICE. We have advanced in the way, thanks to the joint work made between companies and the Regional Government of Andalusia, for whom the aerospace sector is strategic, but we have to demand more of ourselves and look to the future with ambition. We have to keep increasing specialization in the activities and sub-sectors of higher added value, improving the levels of productivity and innovation, achieve greater operational dimension, economic and technological, to improve the structure of the supply chain, continue diversifying customers and markets and expand the activity toward new business opportunities", adds Rodriguez Grau, who assumes this task from the presidency of HÉLICE "with enthusiasm and commitment".