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AERA’s innovation celebrates its XVI anniversary with a solemn ceremony at the Air Forces Facilities in Zaragoza

Aitiip is deeply involved in the innovation of the "aero" sector. From the development of advanced materials or new recycling technologies, to the optimization of its industrial processes. Aitiip is also a founding member of AERA, the Aerospace Cluster of Aragon, which this month celebrated the 16th anniversary of its creation at the Zaragoza Air Base. The aeronautical sector, increasingly competitive in Aragon, is based on the industry and on those who make the industry. A perfectly interlinked value chain that, without a doubt, turns all the actors involved into engines of change.

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On its anniversary, AERA has brought together dozens of representatives of civil society, business, politics and the military, to highlight the value of strategic sectors such as aviation and space. Attendees were able to learn more about the challenges and opportunities presented by the market, and the important offer of R+D+i that, today, is born from Aragon, thanks to its firm commitment to progress. A round table of experts, moderated by the research director of Aitiip, Berta Gonzalvo, has x-rayed the current ecosystem of the sector from different points of view.

An interesting debate that has interconnected experiences and knowledge from Víctor Riobó, head of the Industrial Management Area SDG INREID, to Héctor Guerrero, director of the Technical Office of the Space Commission for the Aerospace PERTE of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, to Isabel Pérez, director of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Spanish Space Agency, to Miguel Ortiz, coordinator of dual and aeronautical projects of CDTI, or to Juan José Cela, senior manager of AIRBUS Commercial.

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During the day, AERA, through its spokeswoman Inés Villa, who conducted the event, presented a series of awards to recognize the work of institutions, companies and innovative developments within the sector. The Air and Space Army has been recognized for its defense and promotion of aeronautical culture. A distinction awarded by Lorena Orduna, Mayor of Huesca, and Diego Alierta, Vice-president of AERA, and Aerometallic Tarazona in the category of Aeronautical Technology, an award given by Mr. Miguel Ángel Ania, General Director of Transport of the Government of Aragon, and Mr. Miguel Ángel García Muro, Delegate Councilor of Mobility of the City Council of Zaragoza. PLD Space has also been honored for its Aerospace Development Work, awarded by Alejandro Ibrahim, president of AERA, and Emma Buj, Mayor of Teruel. Finally, the work in Aeronautical Sustainability of AIRBUS has been highlighted, which has received recognition from the hands of Mar Vaquero, Second Vice President and Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry of the Government of Aragon.


To conclude the event, attendees enjoyed a tour of the Air Base, including a visit to the interior of the A400, and later, a lunch-networking, which was accompanied by an exhibition of some of the most cutting-edge developments "made in Aragon", led by AERA partners. Aitiip, for its part, has brought its innovation in advanced materials for aeronautics, from recyclable clips for aircraft fuselages, such as elements for the cooling system, made of thermoplastic. Also, the Aitiip team has shown its dummy tool, a pioneering tool to optimize human-robot collaboration in production lines.

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