The closure of 2015 left a sad story that has caused deep sorrow in Aerópolis companies and all entities and institutions linked to the aerospace sector not only in Andalusia but nationally: the death of Francisco Mencía, former director of Aerópolis, and a key player in the development of the sector in our region in the past two decades.
A great professional, essential to understand what is the aerospace sector in Andalusia, the driver of many initiatives that have placed our region as the second aerospace pole in Spain and one of the fastest growing in Europe. But he was above all a great person, honest and sacrificed for his values, someone admired by all who knew him, that will always be remembered for his optimism and enthusiasm. A great loss to friends and professionals who had the opportunity to know and work with him.
Paco, as everyone knew him, was director of Aerópolis and one of the architects of its creation. Today is the unique European Science and Technology Park exclusively devoted to the aerospace industry and serves as a support for the A400M programme in Seville and Andalusia. A project he knew very well, and as former responsible of the Andalusian administration signed the letter of support for Airbus programmes A380 and A400M to be settle in our community. The first was finally established in Toulouse (France), but the second brought to Sevilla the Final Assembly Line, which today is located in South Aeropólis Enclave.
His contribution was much further and was decisive for other important aspects, such as the creation of an Andalusian aeronautical cluster, which was able to bring together all industry players and increase competitiveness in the national and international context; or developing industrial policies that drove during his time as General Director of Industry of the Andalusian Government and as CEO of the IDEA Agency.
Francisco Mencía looked after the industry needs and companies in Andalusia, and in general defended the aviation sector. His knowledge of the industrial environment and his commitment gave him the support and appreciation of the aerospace companies and institutions involved in this field. From here our dearest recognition and affection to his family and friends. Rest in peace.
Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Chief Executive Officer