Andalusia has a strong and consolidated aerospace industry, ranking 2nd at national level. The region is also one of the top aerospace poles in Europe. It is comparable to the major European aerospace clusters such as Toulouse, Hamburg or Madrid.
Andalusia has a centuries-old aerospace tradition.
Nowadays the Andalusian aerospace industry participates in two big aeronautical projects: the construction of part of the Airbus A380 aircraft in Cadiz and the assembly of the Airbus Military A400M aircraft in Seville. The Airbus Military A400M final assembly line (FAL) located at the international airport of Seville, turns Andalusia into one of the most important aerospace poles of Europe. This program includes another important project: The training Centre for pilots of the A400M. The launch of the series production of the A400M military aircraft in Seville has already generated a workload for the Andalusian companies estimated at over €130 million . The serial production is expected to produce 2,5 aircrafts per month as of 2015.
Key facts. Aerospace sector.
This is a sector with a long tradition and it is the one with the biggest economic and social weight in Andalusia. It is the most representative autonomous community of the national agroindustry and the first industrial branch concerning the employment volume and the business turnover in the regional industry. Likewise it is the second region that exports more agro-industrial products, specifically a 20 % of the total national amount.
Andalusia is the world leader in the production of olive oil and table olives, with an important technological development in the olive grove. It is the first producing zone of strawberries of the world and the first horticultural region of the EU. The first region of Spain in production of flowers, of goat's milk, of hard wheat, of cotton and, except in years of drought, of rice. Likewise, Andalusia leads the ecological surface with a 54 % of the total national surface and is an international model in technologies for intensive and under plastic agriculture, as well as in technologies of the olive grove.
Andalusia also stands out for its production of citrus fruits and subtropical fruits cultivation thanks to the microclimate present on the tropical coast of Malaga and Granada.
Key facts. Food sector.
This is a strategic sector which has experienced a significant growth in research activities as for public and private initiatives. According to the industrial national association, ASEBIO, Andalusia has a consolidated Biotech industry, ranking 3rd in terms of biotech companies at national level. Since 2009, Andalucía has been leading the ranking of biotech creation companies in Spain, accounting for 29.6% of the total national industry, which means that one out three biotech companies created in 2012 was Andalusian. For the first time, Andalusia has sped ahead of Madrid in terms of biotech related companies accounting for 17.52% of the total national industry.
In Andalusia the public-private alliance is possible in order to carry out research projects of excellence. The Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies is the most significant public initiative to promote the development of new therapies by means of collaborations between the academic and the business worlds including research institutions, health centres as well as biotech companies and the pharmaceutical industry.
The American multinational enterprise Celgene has decided to set up in Seville its Celgene Institute of Translational Research Europe (CITRE), for the creation of a top research centre in Europe. Neuron BPh and Bionaturis are the first Andalusian Biotech companies already quoting on the Alternative Stock-Market (MAB – Mercado Alternativo Bursátil). Likewise Andalusia is a favourable destination to carry out tests and research new seeds and phytosanitary products,mainly in the field of the green biotechnology. Major multinationals are already operating in the region such as Basf, Dupont Group, Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer Cropscience, Enza Zaden Spain Holding, among others.
Key facts. Biotech Sector
Andalusia, for its climate and geographical location is one of the main destinations for the promotion and development of renewable energies, being the European region that receives the biggest solar radiation in its surface.
Andalusia leads the national ranking of power installed in the field of solar-thermal and biomass technology. Moreover, the region ranks 2nd second position in terms of photovoltaic power. It ranks fourth in wind power as a general rule, Andalusia ranks 3rd in terms of renewable megawatts installed. Andalusia is starting a technology industry to satisfy the needs of the companies, becoming a hotspot to attract component manufacturers.
Andalusia has been pioneering the research and development of the solar thermal technology due to the relevant research of the Andalusian universities and to the wide experience of the Almeria's Solar Platform (PSA).
Key facts. Renewable Energies Sector
This is a sector with a long tradition in Andalusia. It comprises manufacturing companies involved in manufacturing, to repair, to assembly and to transform the metal activities.
Key facts. Metal-l Sector
Andalusia occupies the third position in the national ranking of this sector.
The advances that the sector has experienced in the region have led Andalusia to be chosen as headquarters of the first Centre of Cloud Computing Technologies of Spain, created by Vodafone and Microsoft, with ETICOM's collaboration, to which both companies will destine a joint additional investment of 1,8 million euros during the next three years.
The Demonstrator Centre has the aim to demonstrate to the rest of the industrial sectors the way in which the technologies of the information and communication allow the companies to increase their competitiveness and to reduce their economic costs. Andalusia will turn into a place of national and international reference into "Cloud Computing".
Key data. ICT Sector