|The aerospace industry of Andalucia.|
Andalucia, although perhaps better known Tourism, Agriculture and Service does have a small, expanding Aerospace Industry. The are currently 106 different companies operating in the Aerospace Industry in Andalucia. Their total turnover is 800m € in 2005. Not a huge amount when compared to the annual Andalucian GDP of 127.000 million € but with a 65% growth over the last five years it is a cutting edge industry to be monitored and encouraged.
This is precisely what the Regional Government are doing and a clear example of this was the Sponsorship as guest country of the Airtec International Aerospace supply fair which took place in October. 2006 in Frankfurt.
Of the 106 companies in the Andalucia Aerospace sector, 39 are in tooling and Mechanical activities, 24 in Engineering and Consulting and 15 in associated Services. Altogether these companies employed 5500 people in 2005; 46% more than in 2002.
To understand the industry in the region one has to appreciate that there are two ‘prime’ two companies that dominate. One is Airbus who employ 513 and the other is their parent company EADS-CASA who directly employ 2143. EADS-CASA is the company that was formed in July 2000 as a result of the fusion of the German DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG, the French Aerospatiale Matra and the Spanish