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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

Innovative environment

Andalusia’s highly skilled workforce and strong R&D environment are supported by the necessary technological infrastructure. There are 18,000 researchers in Andalusia and more than 4,500 PhD’s engaged in R&D at the local universities, and Andalusia is one of the Top 3 Spanish regions in terms of R&D expenditure, next to Madrid and Catalonia. These three regions combined represent about 60% of Spain’s total RD&I expenditure. Andalusia has also been the Top 3 region for patent registration, with a considerably higher growth rate of patent applications than the Spanish average.

Andalusia has a network of technology parks and centres that are members of the Andalusian Technology Network RETA, a non-profit business association aiming to boost networking and the sharing of know-how and resources. This network is made up of:
  • 32 technology and innovation centres and foundations
  • 11 science & technology parks
  • Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) and 5 other knowledge and technology transfer organisations
  • 3 European business and innovation centres
  • 18 agricultural and fishing research and training centres (IFAPA)