The Andalusian Aerospace sector has 100 years of tradition in the manufacture and assembly of aircraft. Strong presence of Airbus Group, with the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville -one of the three FAL of large aircraft located in Europe.
Andalucía is, nowadays, the third pole of Europe, only behind Toulouse and Hamburg, and also a reference of the aerospace industry in Spain. It is also a key location for development and testing of Unmanned Aerial Systems.
The aeronautical industry already accounts for 1.6% of GDP of Andalucía, 20% of GDP manufacturing industry in the region and almost 30% of the national aerospace revenues.
The Andalusian aerospace cluster is made up of over a hundred companies, including a large supply chain, major Spanish Tiers 1 suppliers, universities offering degrees in aerospace, research institutes, technology parks, associations, international airports, as well as access to skilled works at competitive costs. Major players are Airbus, Aernnova, Aciturri, Alestis, Aertec, Alter Technologies, Altran, Carbures, Gazc, Latecoere Services, Mades, Curtis Wright, Sogeclair, Sofitec, Potez Ibérica.
Companies: +130 (117 Helice members)
Employment: + 14,400 direct jobs
Food industry & nutrition
One of the most traditional industrial sectors in Andalucía, becoming the first exporter of food and fruits in Spain as well as leader in the production of organic products and research in functional foods in Spain. The region is the first world producer of olive oil & olives, first European producer of fruits and vegetable, second world producer of strawberries, Europe’s largest producer of tropical products due to suitable microclimate for tropical culture, unique in Europe.
Andalucía is also a world reference for intensive farming, genetic engineering, integral water cycle technologies, hydroponic crops and film for agricultural use, packaging and packing and a competitive location for food processing companies.
Likewise, Andalucía has Technology Parks specialised in food industry and strong collaborations between Universities , prestigious research centers and food companies. Major players are Aceites del Sur, AB-Mauri, Angel Camacho, Bimbo, Covap, Daregal, Ebro Foods, Inés Rosales, Lactalis, Migasa, Heineken, Sovena, Suntory, Usisa, Ubago.
Auxiliary sector: 20,000
Employment: 46,000 jobs
Turnover: €13,000 million
Andalucía is one of the most advanced and dynamic Bio clusters in Spain: Top 3 leader in terms of creation of biotech companies since 2009. Main focus areas are Red and Green Biotech. Blue Biotech is also a promising sector in maritime provinces. One of the first regions in the world to authorise embryonic stem cell research and pioneer in Spain by introducing advanced therapies for patients. Multinational companies have chosen Andalucía for advanced R&I projects in Red and Green Biotech significant expertise in Nutrition.
Strong capabilities for Functional Foods, Biomedicals research and Farma manufacturing projects. Strong collaboration with the Universities and the Public Healthcare system. The first Technology Park specialised in Healthcare in Spain is located in Andalucía: the PTS Granada whose state-of-the art facilities allow research and private and public collaborations. The region has attracted major companies such as Abbott, Basf, Bayer Cropscience, B. Braun, Bionaturis, Biomedal, DowDupont, Celgene, MSD, Pfizer, Fundación Medina, Rovi Pharmaceuticals, Monsanto, Neuron, NLife Therapeutics.
Companies: : + 200 biotech
Employment: + 3,000 jobs
Turnover: + €6,000 million
IT and Communications (ICT)
The region is the third largest Spanish ICT market and is at the forefront of new developments in information technology such as Cloud Computing or Internet of Things to name a few. Andalucía and specially Malaga have developed a dynamic technology ecosystem of Smart City. The technology parks, including PTA in Malaga and Cartuja in Seville, are among the largest in Spain and play a major role as technology clusters. The universities of the region are widely recognized in computer engineering and have strong ties with companies. Besides, the abundant technology talent provides excellent opportunities to outsource IT activities but also to test and market new technologies and services. The presence of some of the main blue-chip companies established in the region is no exception: Oracle, Microsoft, Ericsson, Atos, Intel, Sopra Steria, CSC, CGI, Fujitsu,Accenture, Everis (NTT Data), Indra, Cisco, Viewnext (IBM) or Huawei.
Employment: 21,000 jobs
Turnover: €2,000 millon
Mining is one of the driving forces in Andalucía’s economy. More than 565 mining exploitations are active in the three subsectors existing: aggregate, ornamental stone and mineral stone.
Andalucía has the largest reserve of non-ferrous minerals of the EU and a rising demand of metallic minerals from the emerging countries. There are over 565 active mining and more than 30 reserves available for concession.
There are six metal mines currently in production in Andalucía: Mina de Aguas Teñidas, Sotiel and La Magdalena owned by Mubadala-Trafigura; Riotinto, project of Atalaya Mining; Cobre las Cruces owned by First Quantum and Aznalcollar belonging to a consortium headed by Grupo Mexico.
It should be noted that the 10 public universities in Andalucía offer training related to mining activity (Mining Engineering, Geology, Environmental Science, etc.). The Regional Government of Andalucía is strongly committed to boosting mining as a strategic sector for the development and economic growth of the region.
Employment: 5.000 direct/40.000 related
Turnover: €1.000 million
The Andalusian chemical sector is the second largest and most competitive industrial sector in Spain. The impact of the sector, both in economy and society, is of great importance, leading the generation of electric energy and production of primary transformation of non-ferrous metals in Spain and ranking second in the field of petroleum refining and chemicals. Other relevant activities are transformation and manipulation of plastics and the manufacturing of detergents, fertilizers and paints among others.
The industry is mainly concentrated in two clusters located in Huelva and Cádiz, including around 30 large companies. The two leading associations are AIQBE (Association of Chemical Industries, Basic and Energy of Huelva) and AGI (Association of Large Industries in Cadiz). Mayor companies are Abelló Linde, Air Liquide, Algry, Atlantic Copper, Brenntag, Cepsa, Deretil, Ence, Gat Fertilíquidos, Laboratorios Durbán, Sensient Fragances, etc.
Employment: 28,000 jobs
Turnover: €22,550 million
Advanced Metal Industry
Andalucía has a consolidated traditional auxiliary industry for other sectors such as renewable energies or aerospace with special interest in the following subsectors: Metal foundry; Metallic products manufacturing; Equipment and machinery manufacturing; Electronic and electrical machinery; Vehicles production, naval transport material, railway industry. Navantia, Dragados Off-Shore, Renault, Valeo, General Dynamic-Santa Bárbara, Acerinox are the main players. CETEMEC is the main center of excellence focused in the transport and metal related activities.
Another important activity to mention is the cold generation sector, since Spain/Andalucía are world leaders in this activity. 80% of the national production of commercial cold products is manufactured in Andalucía and almost all of the industrial cold. Mostly located in Cordoba, there is a cluster of the sector and an association –AFAR- created to guarantee the competitiveness of the companies in the foreign markets.
Turnover: €9,700 million.
With an area of 1.800 hectares, Andalusian Logistics Network consists of a set of 11 logistics hubs, 7 port and 4 inland. A fully integrated high capacity road infrastructure, connected with the new railway corridors, guarantees excellent connectivity of the whole logistics network with major centres of consumption in Spain and Central Europe. The port of Algeciras, the nucleus of the most important logistic area in Andalucía, had a traffic of nearly 250.000 containers in 2016, which has made of the port the most important and modern transshipment terminals in the world attracting companies such as APM Terminal or Total Terminal International.
Furthermore, the excellent network and connectivity in the region is attracting transport companies such as Barloworld Logistics, Bolloré Logistics, Dachser, DHL, Grupo Lamaignere Stef Iberia, Norbert Dentressangle, Rhenus Logistics, Luis Simoes, XPO among others.
Companies: 526 entreprises
Employment: 44,000 jobs
Last updated: 15|12|2017
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