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In 2011, Airbus Group started the series production and industrial launch of the military airlifter A400M, whose development involved various Andalusian aerospace firms and whose final assembly line was opened in Seville in 2007. Airbus Group currently employs over 2,000 people in Andalusia at its three plants in Seville and Cadiz. “Seville and Andalusia have been and will be a reference for the consolidation and development of this strategic sector in Spain,” said Arturo de Vicente, former Political Affairs Airbus Group Spain.

Aerospace


Andalusia is the second largest aerospace region in Spain, representing 30% of the country’s sector revenues and employment. Spain itself is the 5th location for aerospace industry in Europe and the 8th in the world, with more than 40,000 employees and €7.8 billion sales in 2015.

Around 118 aeronautical companies operate in the region and employ more than 12,000 specialists. Andalusia is home to Airbus Group, who chose it for flagship projects from the military transportation segment such as the final assembly lines for the A400M, as well as the construction of part of the Airbus A380. Besides, the region also hosts major Spanish tier-one suppliers, such as Aciturri, Alestis and Aernnova, who provide manufactured components such as aero structures, composite and metallic parts as well as engineering and other services to projects such as the Eurofighter Typhoon or Boeing’s B737. Opportunities for other aerospace suppliers can be also found in the region.

Andalusia holds the first facilities in Spain exclusively dedicated to testing light and tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems RPAS. The Test Flight Centre located in Villacarrillo (Jaen) offers the international aerospace community an aerodrome equipped with excellent technological-scientific facilities and airspace ideally suited to the development of experimental flights with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS/RPAS). These facilities are unique and leading in Europe, as they are the first exclusively designed for researching and testing these aircrafts, a field considered worldwide as one of the most promising in international aerospace industry. Apart from that, the A400M Pilot Training Centre can be found in Seville.

Moreover, they can also be found specialised technological parks, such as the Advanced Technology Aerospace Centre of Andalusia (CATEC) at the Aerópolis Park in Seville or TecnoBahía in Cadiz provide an outstanding environment for aerospace companies to develop their business and to engage in R&D activities. Another reason why aerospace companies locate in Andalusia is to secure access to highly qualified employees. The Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Sevilla (ESI Seville) is one of only two universities in Spain with an aerospace department.

Find out more about Andalusia's engineering skills in the Talent Map©