III Machining Congress: a meeting point for innovation in aeronautics and defense
The III Machining Congress, hosted by Aspromec, became a key event in the industry calendar, bringing together more than a hundred professionals and experts at the Federico García Lorca Theater in Getafe last 23 of November. This annual meeting not only highlighted the importance of machining, but also thoroughly explored the specific challenges and opportunities in the Aeronautics and Defense sectors.
Oriol Caballé, President of Aspromec, inaugurated the event highlighting the importance of machining as an industry of the future. He placed special emphasis on the lack of qualified personnel, a recurring challenge for machinists. The two thematic blocks of the day focused on the aeronautical and defense sectors, addressing crucial issues for the industry.
Challenges and opportunities in the aeronautical sector
Louis Pizarro, general director of Business Technology Integration (ITE), stood out as one of the main speakers, offering a detailed view of the current state of civil aircraft manufacturers. From giants like Airbus and Boeing to innovative projects in Russia, China and Japan, Opportunities for Spanish machining companies were explored.
He also stressed the importance of machining companies meeting rigorous quality standards and specific requirements of the aeronautical sector.. Besides, noted the transition towards electric or hydrogen propulsion units as a future trend.
With Pizarro, Ignacio Villanueva, managing director of the Inmapa Aeronáutica Group division; Josep Antonio García, CEO and founder of Inventia Kinetics; and Teresa Escolano, Aciturri Procurement Manager, were invited to debate, moderated by Swen Hamann, vocals from Apromec, about these challenges of the sector in a round table that focused on the lack of qualified personnel and the need for automation to overcome this challenge.
The evolution in defense
In the second block of the congress, Juan Humanes, production director at Escribano Mechanical & Engineering, highlighted the evolution of the company from a machining workshop to a leader in the defense sector, attributing success to the identification of needs, internal development and strong investments in R&D&i. The company allocates the 68% of their profits for this purpose, being a pioneer in the field.
In the subsequent debate, in which Juan Humanes participated, Gabriel Navarrete, Faymm admin; Victor Casals, Head of the Navantia Qualification workshop; and Emilio Ramiro Arcas, Corporate Development Director of Arquimea, moderated by Jesús Varea, vocal de Aspromec, Collaboration was emphasized as a key to success in the defense sector in Spain, dominated by SMEs. The specialization, continuous investment in R&D&I and adaptability to changes were highlighted as crucial elements.
Despite the advances, challenges persist such as shortages of personnel and raw materials in the machining sector. Urged to prepare for future crises through sustainable investments and a proactive approach to productivity.
The technological perspective
The day concluded with the intervention of Marc Vidal, economic analyst and technological disseminator, who offered a vision on how digital transformation impacts companies and, in particular, in the world of machining. Vidal highlighted the speed of current changes and the importance of managing uncertainty and adapting to overcome errors. He called to see robotics as an ally and not as an enemy, emphasizing that technology must serve to empower humanity, highlighting unique abilities that machines cannot replicate.
The III Machining Congress not only consolidated its position as an essential forum for the industry, but also provided a comprehensive platform to discuss and address key challenges and opportunities in the aviation and defense sectors.. The intersection of experience, innovation and collaboration outlined a clear path for the future of machining in Spain.