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REACH obsolescence risk and supply chain management for space programs - Stakeholders' Day 

Monday, March 27, 2017 2:03:00 PM

Materials and Processes Technology Board stakeholder day on REACH obsolescence risk and supply chain management for space programs

What: Materials and Processes Technology Board stakeholder day
Date: 16th May, 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: ESA-ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG  Noordwijk, The Netherlands (

The European REACH regulation controls the manufacturing, market placement and use of chemical substances in Europe through the processes of registration, authorisation, and restriction. The large number of substances requiring authorisation for continuous use, as well as the strict rules and high costs involved to seek such authorisation consequently lead to disappearance of substances from the market or result in changes of materials and processes formulations. The most imminent risk is the obsolescence of qualified materials, processes or technologies and costly mitigation actions if identified at a later stage of space projects. Other challenges include the declaration of hazardous substances (REACH article 33) for complex hardware.

The complexity of the issue and its possible industrial impact requires European-wide coordination among space industry and agencies, realised by through the Materials and Processes Technology Board (MPTB). This is participated by large system integrators, equipment manufacturers, expert companies, national space agencies and ESA. The objective of this event is to establish a communication network between MPTB members and smaller companies, SMEs, and academia, that are involved in hardware manufacturing for space programmes to address the following questions:

  1.       What are the needs and challenges in the area of materials and processes for stakeholders in the European space sector?
  2.       How can we improve to share information and feed innovation effectively across the European space sector?
  3.       Where can the MPTB provide support and how can we establish a functional communication network?

Participation is free of charge, in case of interest follow the link below for registration.

Contributions from participants are welcome to understand challenges of European stakeholders for (REACH) obsolescence management for materials and processes, provision of innovative solutions and service for testing and development, or other topical issues of relevance.

Questions and suggestions should be addressed to Thomas Rohr (

Eurospace attends an "exploratory meeting" on space economic diplomacy 

Friday, March 17, 2017 5:02:00 PM

At the invitation of the European Commission, Eurospace executive attended on 13 March an “exploratory meeting” on space economic diplomacy, alongside with representatives from DG GROW (European Commission), the European External Action Service (EEAS) and members of Eurospace.

The EC and the EEAS provided an overview of the current instruments and those that will become available in the following months, aimed at supporting the internationalization of the European industry. This event was also a great opportunity for the European space industry to present its views about possible ways forward allowing to implement an space economic diplomacy at EU level.

Eurospace delivered a presentation highlighting our high-level perspectives on space economic diplomacy. Slides of the presentation can be downloaded here.


Monday, January 30, 2017 5:20:00 PM

The European Space Industry is strongly affected by the requirements of the EU Chemicals Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 “REACH”. Notably the authorisation process and timelines - aiming at the soonest substitution of the most hazardous chemicals still required today - poses significant challenges for a high-end niche sector such as space. The ongoing European Commission REACH “REFIT”* review 2017 presents a suitable opportunity to highlight space sector concerns and recommend regulatory improvements. 

To this end ASD-Eurospace – together with its members and in close co-ordination with the ASD REACH Implementation Working Group – has prepared a “REACH REFIT 2017 Position Paper”; with the support of the European and national space agencies and the consultancy REACHLaw Ltd. The paper, which was submitted to the European Commission on 27 January 2017, presents the following key recommendations:

  • Consider extended timelines in the REACH authorisation process to enable innovative substitution
  • Promote EU level funding for REACH-related substitution R&D
  • Adopt a more harmonised and forward-looking Risk Management Option Analysis approach
  • Enhance regulatory predictability for critical substances still in use and their possible replacements
  • Streamline and simplify authorisation for SMEs and uses with large socio-economic benefits
  • Define workable approach for the reporting of substances in complex articles (REACH Article 33)
  • Generally take into account the specific issues of high-end niche sectors in REACH implementation

The Position Paper can be downloaded here.

P. Lionnet


*Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme of the EC, covering five compulsory evaluation criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Relevance, Coherence and EU Added Value, including examining the potential to improve the way in which REACH delivers on its objectives and the potential for burden reduction and simplification.

“Contributing to European-­wide connectivity is one of the new frontiers for the EU Space policy” says European Parliament Sky and Space Intergroup 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 5:16:00 PM

On 19 October 2016, the Sky and Space Intergroup of the European Parliament successfully held the last "space event" of the year. MEPs, EU officials and Industry representatives discussed together the topic of "Space and Connectivity", and more specifically, how the EU Space Policy can help to achieve the objectives of the EU's Digital Agenda and Digital Single Market strategy.

Chaired by MEP Monika Hohlmeier, this high-level lunch debate addressed the role that space systems can bring in the transition towards a digitalized and data-driven economy. It was also the occasion for the European space industry and operators to remind that having a complementarity between terrestrial and space-based infrastructures is essential to achieve European-wide connectivity, particularly in remote and rural areas, in order to bridge the digital divide across the EU.

You may find the complete "Event Insight" of the discussions through this link.

The pictures of the event are also available by clicking here.


Eurospace is the Co-Secretariat of the Sky & Space Intergroup for space events.

Workshop on Horizon 2020-Space at the European Parliament – Eurospace consulted 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 12:52:00 PM

The working group on Horizon 2020 of the ITRE committee at the European Parliament, chaired by MEP Christian Ehler organized on Tuesday 11 October a specific hearing dedicated to H2020-Space.

Alongside DG GROW (represented by Apostolia Karamali, Deputy Head of Unit “Space policy & research”), ESA (represented by Head of ESA Brussels Office Michel Praet) and EARSC (with an intervention of their Secretary General Geoff Sawyer), Eurospace delivered the industry’s perspectives on the implementation of H2020-Space so far, with a focus on the outcome of the COMPET calls, presented our community’s expectations for the next calls 2018-2020, and introduced some preliminary reflections on the “way forward”, i.e the future of space R&T funding at EU level post 2020.

The complete Eurospace presentation is available here.

An Ambitious Space Industrial Policy must be the Cornerstone of the “Space strategy for Europe” says European Parliament Sky and Space Intergroup 

Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:05:00 AM

On 22 June 2016, the Sky & Space Intergroup of the European Parliament successfully held an event dedicated to the space industrial policy and its central role in the EU's future Space Strategy.

At the invitation of MEP Monika Hohlmeier, Chair of the Intergroup, the lunch-debate gathered together high-level speakers and participants from institutions and industry, as well as several MEPs. All were keen to discuss the need for Europe to have a long term vision for its space industrial policy to foster both the competitiveness of the European space industry and to encourage a better use of space capacities to achieve EU policy goals.

Participants also underlined the necessity to raise awareness towards EU policy-makers and citizens of the EU's space programmes and to have an ambitious European Space strategy with the necessary budgetary support.

The complete press release is available through this link.


Eurospace is the Co-Secretariat of the Sky & Space Intergroup for space events. For more information, please contact Cannelle Beauchesne.

Eurospace F&F Press release  

Thursday, June 16, 2016 3:13:00 PM

Eurospace is about to issue the 20th edition of Eurospace facts and figures, the annual statistics of European manufacturing industry activity.

The print report is in editing phase, it will be available for distribution before the end of June 2016.

Key facts 2015

  • Final sales worth 7.53 B€ (+4.3%) - Direct industry employment 38 435 FTE (stable) - Women represent about 20% of space industry employees.
  • Sales are growing in all market and product segments. European space sector is facing an unprecedented long series of growing sales.
    • Sales to European institutions (ESA, EU and national agencies) worth 4,1 B€ have supported most of the growth in 2015.
    • Exports of European systems for commercial and institutional customers outside, worth 2 B€, have also contributed to the increase, but to a lesser extent.
    • As with previous years, the improvement of sales has supported growing employment in the sector, although not proportionally. In the past decade the average value of final sales per worker has improved by 32%.

Download the web release 2016 with the main facts of 2015 here.


Space Chromate Task Force concludes REACH authorisation dossier development for chromium trioxide 

Monday, May 23, 2016 7:36:00 PM


The Space Chromate Task Force (STF) has concluded “Phase 2” of its activities: A joint Analysis of Alternatives and Socio-Economic Analysis Report for the use of chromium trioxide in chromic (or chemical) conversion coating (CCC) and the repair or maintenance of such coating on aluminium alloy parts used in launchers and space vehicles (“STF dossier”).

Key elements of this collective work have been used to support the aerospace-related uses of the CTACSub Upstream Application for REACH Authorisation in the ECHA public consultation in October 2015. The authorisation decision by the European Commission is expected in the course of 2017.

A separate application for authorisation based on the STF dossier (“Phase 3”) is therefore currently not envisaged by STF. It would also require addition of a Chemical Safety Report. 

Third parties interested in acquiring access to the STF dossier are advised to contact the STF Secretariat: Pierre LIONNET, ASD-Eurospace,, +33 (1) 44420070.

STF is an initiative of several companies from the European space industry to collaborate on the issue of mission-critical uses of Cr(VI) substances for the purpose of compliance with the EU chemicals legislation REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006). Key space industry participants include:



·       AVIO


·       HERAKLES


·       RUAG SPACE


The STF is assisted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). It is coordinated with the ASD REACH Implementation Working Group through STF participants and monitored by the Materials and Processes Technology Board (MPTB). Eurospace is acting as Secretariat, REACHLaw Ltd. as consultant.

The sunset date for chromium trioxide and some other chromates included in the REACH authorisation list (Annex XIV) is 21 September 2017. From this date, the placing on the market and use of those substances on their own or as part of formulations will in principle be banned in the European Union, unless an authorisation covering the use has been granted by the European Commission. Downstream users relying on an authorisation granted to an upstream supplier (e.g. the manufacturers and importers within CTACSub) have to notify ECHA according to REACH Article 66 after the granting of the authorisation.


EU Parliament Sky & Space Intergroup Discusses Space-based Solutions to Tackle Climate Change  

Monday, November 30, 2015 4:36:00 PM

On 18 November 2015, the Sky & Space Intergroup of the European Parliament successfully held its first "space" event: "To COP21 and Beyond: the Space Contribution to the Fight Against Climate Change".

The lunch-debate gathered together high-level speakers and participants from the European Institutions, Industry, Permanent Representations to the EU, Research and Academia as well as various other stakeholders to discuss how space-based solutions, and in particular a European capacity for emissions monitoring, can contribute to the fight against climate change.

You may find here the press release of the event, as well as some photos.

Eurospace is the Co-Secretariat of the Sky & Space Intergroup for space events. For more information, please contact Cannelle Beauchesne.


Save the date, April 26-27 2016 in Lausanne (CH): Eurospace technology priorities workshop 

Monday, November 16, 2015 3:59:00 PM

Eurospace, the trade association of the European Space manufacturing industry, has now an established tradition of organizing a professional high level workshop to periodically review the key stakes for space technology in Europe and present its technology  roadmaps.

In the perspective of the next ESA Council at ministerial level in 2016, Eurospace has the pleasure to inform you that its next technology workshop will be held: on April 26-27, 2016, at the Lausanne Space Center, in coordination with the Swiss Space Center.

This will be an invitation only free-of-charge event, please mark your agendas.  We will launch the invitations early in 2016.

P. Lionnet


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