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Serial production of Airbus Group’ most advanced high-tech military airlifter A400M started in Seville in 2011. In 2008, Schott Solar, the renewables division of the German glass producer Schott, established a manufacturing plant for solar receivers in Seville. CSC's Health Business Unit for the South of Europe and Latin America located at Andalusia's Technology Park in Malaga has become its main premise for their development and growth in the Health sector. Celgene chose Seville for its first R&D centre outside the US to carry out extensive clinical trials starting in 2011. Abbott, Spain’s Best Workplaces award winner 2010, expanded its Granada nutritions plant to triple its production. Spanish Sener and Abu Dhabi Based Masdar opened their cutting edge solar tower project Gemasolar in 2011

Transportation infrastructure

Andalusia has extensive multi-modal transportation systems that allow fast and convenient access to any part of Andalusia, the rest of Spain and beyond. Over the past 20 years, the Andalusian public authorities have made significant investment and developed the necessary regulatory framework to improve transport and communications systems, showing a firm commitment to establishing the region as the most important logistics hub in southern Europe.

The region has an ample network of highways and dual carriageways that inter-connect all of Andalusia’s urban centres, so that 90% of the population lives within 25 minutes of a motorway. High-speed train services connect Seville, Cordoba and Malaga to Madrid at a travel time of about 2 ½ hours. Extensions are planned to Cadiz (2012) and Granada (2013). 5 of Andalusia’s 6 airports have international connections and together they service about 20 million passengers each year.

Andalusia has over 1,100 kilometres of coastline on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, with a strong port system of 10 commercial ports handling more than 100 million tonnes of goods each year, which is approximately one quarter of total port traffic in Spain. Among them, Algeciras is the major port in the Mediterranean in terms of total container traffic. The ports and inland transportation hubs form a fully inter-connected logistics network providing enormous potential for future logistics activity. Andalusia has about 11 million m2 of logistics area in use and an additional 37 million m2 of specialised facilities planned or under development, providing ample space for the establishment of distribution centres, warehouses, terminals and other logistics facilities.