Inauguration of the Aeronautics Advanced Manufacturing Center in the Basque Country

The Aeronautics Advanced Manufacturing Center (CFAA) in the Basque Country was inaugurated in mid-November. This is a mixed R+D+i center conceived for the development of manufacturing projects, and it aspires to have a direct application in the short term on Basque companies in the aeronautical sector. Located in the Bizkaia Technology Park, its goal is to become a cutting-edge center for aeronautical manufacturing, with an international reach and focused on improving industrial processes and advanced machinery.

The aim of the center is to drive advances in production technologies at technology levels 6-7, which will mean using machines and technologies with a similar size and function to the real ones throughout the development of the project. It also seeks to leverage all the potential synergies between the university, companies and institutions, and enhance the synergies between the aeronautical sector and the machine-tool sector, a key industry in the Basque Country. Efforts will be made to develop the R+D activity and high-level training as a means of reinforcing Basque industry and its skills in the area of advanced manufacturing.

Public-private initiative
The constitution of the CFAA was announced in 2014, and it was set up with an initial investment of nine million euros, of which the Basque government contributed five million and the Bizkaia regional government the other four million. The center has been running since January this year prior to its official inauguration, and is therefore now completely operational. In fact, 11 projects have already been produced in its facilities and are now being developed in the plants.

The annual budget is around 1.2 million euros. Over 65% of this amount is assured thanks to contracts with the group of companies, headed by ITP and Danobat, who have promoted this project in partnership with the public institutions. This is a group of 49 companies in the aeronautical sector, suppliers of machine tools and accessories, 4.0 technologies and others.

The CFAA will operate as a mixed center at the University of the Basque Country and the aforementioned business group, and will be funded by and receive substantial support from the institutions. It will also serve as a meeting place for collaborative projects between agents and companies who wish to work together and share their skills, interests and trajectories in the sector of aeronautical and structural motor components.

The CFAA aims to become an international benchmark, and it has set itself the goal of achieving a rapid transfer of the results to the productive environment. The aeronautical sector represents 6.1% of the industrial GDP in Euskadi and 2.2% of industrial employment, with a turnover of 2.25 billion euros in 2016 and 4,520 direct jobs.

Last updated: 05|12|2017

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