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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

Business opportunities

Andalusia’s geographic location provides easy access to the European and rapidly expanding North African markets. Andalusia itself also represents a large consumer and business market with diverse business opportunities. With over 8 million consumers, Andalusia is comparable in size to Austria or Sweden and larger than many other European countries such as Bulgaria or Switzerland. There are over 500,000 companies located in Andalusia, which is comparable to Madrid or Catalonia, and over 2,000 multinational businesses operate here.

One of the main attractions of the Andalusian business community is its organisation into clusters. While local specialisation has occurred naturally as companies have gained competitive advantages, the public authorities have supported the development of successful clusters by assigning a technology centre to each one. Among the region’s more than 25 industrial clusters, the most significant are:
  • Aerospace (Cadiz and Seville)
  • Renewable energies (Almeria (PSA - CIEMAT ) and Cadiz)
  • Information & Communication Technology (Málaga and Seville)
  • Agriculture & Food, including for example fruit&vegetables (Almería, Granada,Huelva), viticulture (Jerez - Cadiz) and olive oil (Córdoba, Granada, Jaén and Seville) etc.
  • Biotechnology (Granada, Seville and Málaga)
  • Other manufacturing sectors such as the maritime industry (Cadiz, Huelva and Seville), petrochemicals, energy and metals (Campo de Gibraltar) and chemicals (Huelva)