Europe??s space industry meets to foster the future


Representatives of 630 companies and organisations will meet later
this month at ESA??s Industry Space Days 2006. The conference, organised
every two years, is an opportunity to find out about the latest trends
and business opportunities, have face-to-face meetings and initiate
fruitful industrial partnerships.
Industry Space Days 2006 (ISD2006) is ?¨a major forum for all space actors?Æ, says the chairman of the ISD organising committee, Michel Courtois, ESA??s Technical and Quality Management Director.
ISD2006 will take place from 29 to 31 May at
ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the
Netherlands. This is the fourth time that ESA has organised this event
which brings together institutional actors, SMEs, small and large
system integrators, product suppliers and service providers.
The event will highlight the expertise of SMEs
and the role they can play, and will help those involved in the space
industry to identify industrial strategies within the sector as well as
tomorrow??s business opportunities. ?¨ISD2006 aims at improving the
involvement of SMEs in space activities and fosters cross-fertilisation
between the different actors in the whole space sector,?Æ Courtois adds.
To date, 630 companies and organisations have
registered to take part in this event, representing the most important
space players within Europe. They include 371 SMEs, 152 larger
industrial groups, 36 institutions, 21 networks, 30 research
laboratories and 20 national space agencies. For the conference some
6000 face-to-face business meetings have been arranged.
ISD2006 is part of the global project SINEQUANET (Space Intelligence
Engineering and Quality Network) initiated at the end of 2005 by ESA
and co-financed by the EC.
“SINEQUANET will use engineers and other experts to support SMEs, with
the purpose of helping them improve their skills, lower their entry
barrier to space and foster their competitiveness in the space and
non-space markets. Once fully operational, SINEQUANET will make a
valuable impact on the SME sector”, says Nora Bougharouat, Head of
ESA??s SME Unit and the instigator of the project.
ESA Communications Office ESTEC
Tel: +31.(0)71 565.3006
Fax: +31.(0)71 565.5728
(Credits ESA)
Author: EARSC

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