The Defense sector: business opportunity for small and large companies in Córdoba – Córdoba

The Defense sector: business opportunity for small and large companies in Córdoba – Córdoba
The Defense sector: business opportunity for small and large companies in Córdoba – Córdoba

The Defense sector represents a significant economic opportunity for companies of all sizes, from small to large. In Andalusia, and particularly in Córdoba, this sector is experiencing a considerable boom. With the future Army Logistics Base, which will be operational in 2027, The creation of approximately 1,600 direct jobs is expected and many other indirect ones, boosting the local economy.

For small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), the Defense sector opens market niches in areas such as logistics, equipment maintenance, cybersecurity and consulting services. These companies can benefit from specialized contracts and subcontracting of large projects. For example, the Córdoba Technology Park is organizing information sessions to facilitate collaboration between SMEs and large companies, helping them meet the requirements of the Ministry of Defense.

At the regional level, Andalusia is home to a robust defense industry, contributing significantly to the more than 10 billion euros annually generated by the sector in Spain. The region is home to vseveral key companies already participating in national and international defense projects, positioning Andalusia as a crucial player in the industry. This synergy between small and large companies strengthens the economic ecosystem and promotes technological innovation in the region.

The upcoming third session of the Córdoba Technology Park, titled “Collaboration between small and large companies in the Defense sector: Practical aspects”, will focus on how These companies can open lines of business with the Ministry of Defense. This session will be held on June 4, 2024 in the Aldebarán Building of the Córdoba Technology Park. This is how Eva Pozo, General Director of this Park, explained it to us.

Event schedule

The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the reception and welcome, followed by the official presentation at 9:30 h by Juan Antonio Caballero Molina, President of the Córdoba Technology Park, and Blanca Torrent Cruz, 1st Lieutenant Mayor of the Córdoba City Council and President of the Municipal Institute of Economic Development and Employment (IMDEEC).

At 10:00 a.m., José Manuel Serrano of TRC will address “The national security scheme as a requirement for contracting with the Ministry of Defense”, highlighting the standards and requirements necessary for companies to participate in defense contracts. The day will include a round table at 10:30 a.m., moderated by Fernando Chacón Giménez, in which Pilar Sánchez from Iveco España SL Defense Vehicles, Sandra Vicario from Gahn Logística Gestión y Consultoría SA, Miguel Ruiz from Ucalsa SA, and Mariano will participate. Abel Marzo Sebastián, Quartermaster Commander of the Army. This panel will explore the dynamics of collaboration between small and large companies in the defense sector, providing practical insights and success stories. Finally, at 12:00 a.m. a networking coffee will be offered, facilitating the exchange of ideas and the creation of synergies among attendees.

Economic prospects and business opportunities

The Defense sector represents a strategic business avenue for Andalusia, especially in Córdoba. According to recent data, the defense and security industry in Spain generates more than 10,000 million euros annually, with a significant contribution from Andalusia. The region is home to several companies already involved in defense projects, and the new logistics base opens up a range of opportunities to expand this participation.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can find market niches in areas such as logistics, equipment maintenance and repair, software development and cybersecurity, supply of uniforms and equipment, and consulting services. Large companies, for their part, have the ability to lead comprehensive projects, providing complex solutions that range from military vehicles to advanced communication and defense systems.

Preparation and training

Since the announcement of the logistics base, local and regional institutions have worked to ensure that the population is properly trained and that local businesses can benefit from the opportunities that will arise. Specialized training programs, R&D initiatives and networking events, such as the Technology Park session, are essential to create a robust ecosystem that can respond to the demands of the Ministry of Defense.

Pozo highlighted the importance of these initiatives: “We are committed to facilitating the access of our companies to the opportunities offered by the Defense sector. This third session is crucial to understand the rrequirements and explore collaborations that can transform the economic outlook of our region.

 
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