Sevilla & Aerospace
Andalusia - A key region in the aerospace sector
Andalusia is the second strongest aerospace region in Spain, representing almost 30% of the national aerospace revenues. Spain itself is one of the top five European aerospace markets with more than 40,000 employees and €6.5 billion sales.
Around 130 aeronautical companies operate in Andalusia and employ more than 11,000 specialists. Andalusia is home to Airbus Group, who chose Andalusia for flagship projects from the military transportation segment such as the final assembly lines for the A400M, C235 and C295, as well as the construction of part of the Airbus A380. Andalusia 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. They also provide opportunities for the many other aerospace suppliers located in Andalusia.
Andalusia is also one of Europe’s leading locations for the development and testing of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). “Atlas”, the only UAS Experimental Flight Centre in Spain, is located here and offers a reserved airspace of 35x30 km as well as a main runway of 800 metres that is suitable for light UAVs.
The Spanish government has recently chosen Andalusia as the location for “CEUS”, Spain’s UAS centre of excellence that will also have a runway for heavy UAVs. Andalusia’s 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. In addition, Andalusia also houses the A400M Pilot Training Centre in Seville.