Eurospace facts and figures annual release

Eurospace is proud to announce the release of the 24th edition of its annual report on the state of the European space manufacturing industry in 2019. The updated report is made available to selected institutional contacts and to the companies that participate in the survey. Please contact us if you want to know whether you are eligible for a free PDF copy.

A Press release summarising the key findings of the report is available for download: Press Release F&F 2020 FINAL July 23

You can also watch the full video of the Press conference on our YouTube channel, here.

This 24th edition of the Eurospace facts & figures annual report was produced in a difficult moment for our sector. Europe was struck by the Covid-19 pandemic, creating management and production disruption in all companies of the European space sector. This unique situation has affected Eurospace as an organisation as well as the companies participating in the survey. As a result our survey and report have been delayed and we have not been able to publish the results of our annual survey in June as we usually do. Furthermore, in order to avoid further delays in the publication we have issued the first version of the report as fast as humanly possible, cutting short all review, verification and professional editing steps we usually undertake. The published report may thus contain minor issues and inconsistencies, but the general figures and trends are considered reliable. We apologise for this in advance to our readers, and we will probably issue a revised version of the report after the summer.

Despite the difficulties of the period we are proud to announce that we have added 50 new companies (most of them start-ups and micro-enterprises) to our economic model, which now counts almost 350 European space units. We have also created data proxies and estimates for the most recent ESA member countries, based on information associated to their involvement in ESA programmes. Eurospace is also monitoring the emergence of new players in the newspace European ecosystem and is inviting the more significant ones to participate in the survey. In the meanwhile we have created appropriate proxies and estimates to reflect their contribution to the European space manufacturing ecosystem, in particular from the perspective of employment.

As with every year we have maintained our efforts to ensure that each data point we insert in our economic model is thoroughly verified to avoid methodological and data discontinuities. The consolidated data sets we publish this year exhibit our usual good confidence ratio (>70% for employment data and >90% for final sales data).

I must highlight, again this year, that without the unfailing commitment of the key players in the sector to support the survey we would not be able to achieve such high levels of confidence; I wish to warmly thank all participants for their dedication and trust.

This year’s data shows a rather stable evolution profile compared to last year with a slight growth that brings industry revenues to the level of 2017. The outturn from European institutional programmes remains very satisfactory and in slight growth from the previous year, particularly within the remit of ESA managed programmes. This growth more than compensates the further reduction observed on revenues from commercial and export programmes where our survey unveils a receding trend since 2015.

I hope that our readers, in the private and institutional sector, will make the best use of the body of information that Eurospace provides to the community. Our goal is to support transparent and stable market metrics and analytics, enabling well-informed policy making and good sector benchmarking at international and European levels.

Pierre Lionnet

Research Director