Infoterra Group Expands into Spain
Infoterra Group Expands into Spain
Astrium today announced that
it has entered into a joint-venture with the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia
(ICC), the Catalan official mapping agency, and Hisdesat, a space services
provider, to create Infoterra Servicios de Geoinformación SA (Infoterra SGSA).
Valencia, February 18, 2008.
Infoterra SGSA will form part of the Infoterra Group, a
leading provider of geo-information products and services based on Earth
observation data. The new company will expand an already strong European
organisation present in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Hungary.
The company will be the exclusive distributor of TerraSAR-X
high resolution radar data for the Spanish market. Infoterra SGSA will also
develop GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) services,
applications for agri-environment and defence & security, and support
international mapping projects. Finally, through access to the resources and
assets of its three shareholders, Infoterra SGSA will develop datasets from
airborne acquisition, as well as radar and optical satellite imagery to deliver
a comprehensive range of geospatial products.
“Being able to call on expertise from all Infoterra entities,
ICC and Hisdesat, Infoterra SGSA will offer its customers a portfolio ranging
from data acquisition & processing to sophisticated geo-information services. We
are all very excited about this new venture and convinced this will contribute
to a positive development of the Spanish Earth observation market“ said Marc
Tondriaux, CEO of Infoterra Group and Chairman of Infoterra SGSA.
“With the growing need for geospatial solutions, this venture
supports our strategy of strengthening the Infoterra Group’s position as a key
player in Earth observation business” continued Marc Tondriaux.
Astrium holds 60% of the company, while ICC and Hisdesat
equally hold 20% of the shares. The Board of Directors has appointed Mr Joan
Romeu as the General Manager. Mr Joan Romeu, previously International Sales
Manager at ICC, brings more than 20 years experience in the field of mapping and
The company, which has offices in Madrid and Barcelona,
expects early commercial successes in 2008 and will work towards becoming one of
the key players in geo-information in Spain within the next 5 years.
Notes to editors About AstriumAstrium, a wholly owned
subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems
and services. In 2006, Astrium had a turnover of 3.2 billion euros and 12,000
employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for
launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and
ground segment, and Astrium Services for the development and delivery of
Within Astrium Services the Infoterra Group is a leading
provider of geo-information products and services.
Contacts for the media
Rémi Roland EADS Astrium (FR) -- Tel.: +33 (0)1 77 75 80 37
Jeremy Close EADS Astrium (UK) -- Tel.: +44 (0)1438 77 38
Mathias Pikelj EADS Astrium (GER) -- Tel.: +49 (0)7545 8 91
About Infoterra GroupInfoterra Group is a leading provider
of geo-information products and services for managing the development,
environment and security of our changing world. With companies in France,
Germany, the United Kingdom and Hungary, its global customers include
international companies, national, regional and local governments and
authorities throughout Europe, and organisations such as the European
Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Infoterra operates across a comprehensive range of markets
- communications, environment, security, agriculture, defence, oil & gas
exploration and many more. Furthermore, Infoterra holds the exclusive
commercial exploitation rights for the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X, and
plays a leading role in geo-information services within the European GMES
initiative of the EC and ESA.
Cartographic Institute of Catalonia (ICC)ICC is the
official mapping agency of Catalonia. Its activities are related with land
studies from different approaches such as the production of different map
series, research and information distribution and diffusion. In addition, ICC
can carry out projects wherever is requested by other public or private
entities. Main ICC’s activities are: topographic maps, data acquisition,
photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems, geodetics and
positioning systems, thematic mapping and atlases, territorial boundary
marking, Catalonia map library, research programs, cartographic publications,
About HisdesatHisdesat is a space services provider company
meeting the needs of government users in satellite communications and earth
observation fields. Its main purpose is to acquire, operate and commercialize
governmental satellite systems, mostly for communications in X and military Ka
bands. HISDESAT owns and operates the satellite SPAINSAT and joint together
with Loral Space and Communication the satellite Xtar-Eur. HISDESAT is the
military satellite communication operator for the Spanish Ministry of Defence
and others European and NATO countries.