The Need For a Solid SME Base Within the Industrial Chain on Space and Defence Programmes

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 14:40 – 16:10
Location: Bremen Conference Center – CCB Hansesaal

Start-up and scale-up firms are important drivers of economic growth and thus for the creation of jobs. During recent years, professional, scientific and technical activities have represented the sector with the highest share of high-growth firms.
SME firms play an steadily increasing role within the industrial chain working for space and defence programmes, the analysis of which is subject of this presentation and panel session. On the other hand, within the new space and defence industries there are also companies opting for an approach having most production under one roof.
The public procurement authorities provide industrial policy reflections / directives on the share of the involvement of SME companies within the space and defence contracts. In addition to this, public procurement authorities can play an increasingly important role by providing supporting measures to the SME in many different forms( e.g. improving SME visibility, networking opportunities, supply chain integration and ability to bid for contracts).
The respective views will be presented by the 3 important actors involved i.e. the Public Procurement Authorities, Large System Integrators, SME companies and their representative bodies.
As the topic is relevant worldwide, high level representatives from different continents, with a special role for SME’s, will participate to this session.
Key questions to be addressed during this panel / presentation sessions are:

  • Which are the advantages and responsibilities for Large System Integrators / Prime contractors to have a solid SME industrial base, instead of a company owned vertically integrated industrial structure.
  • Which are the views of the SME community that their actual share in development contracts is much below their share of winning space technology contracts and what should be done about this.
  • What is the present role of the Public Procurement Authorities and how should this role further evolve in the future?

Organized by:

Opening address

Marco FUCHS

CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, OHB System AG-Munich

Germany

Panelists

Nicolas CHAMUSSY

Executive Vice President Space Systems, Airbus Defence and Space SA

France

Lisa CALLAHAN

Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States of America

Thibaud Delourme

Team leader for Copernicus User Uptake, European Commission

Matt Tetlow

CEO, Inovor Technologies

Eric Morel de Westgaver

Director of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services, European Space Agency (ESA)

France

Ernst Pfeiffer

CEO, HPS GmbH

Presenters

Leo Loiacono

Senior Director, Program Management Value Stream Lead-Aerospace Business, Valcor Engineering Corporation

Luca DEL MONTE

Senior Manager, European Space Agency (ESA)

Sias Mostert

Chairman, SCS Aerospace Group

South Africa

Moderator

Pieter VAN BEEKHUIZEN

Senior Consultant, Bexperience

Netherlands (Holland, Europe)

Rapporteur

Karina MIRANDA SANCHEZ

Head of the Industrial Audit Section, European Space Agency (ESA)

Netherlands (Holland, Europe)

Team Germany

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