The Andalusian aeronautical company Alestis Aerospace has made various appointments to its Board of Directors following the last meeting of the Board, that approved the appointment of Antonio Valverde Ramos as the new Chairman of the consortium in his capacity as the new Director-General of IDEA, and the appointment of the new directors Xavier de Irala, former Chairman of the airline Iberia and the savings bank Caja de Ahorros de Bilbao y Vizcaya (BBK); Carlos Suárez, former Chairman of EADS-CASA; and José Luis Galán, Professor of Business Organisation of the University of Seville.
These newly appointed members join the other directors on the Board of this Andalusian company, the Managing Director Gaizka Grajales, Bienvenido Martínez, Alberto de Leopoldo Rodado, José Luis Barrendero, José Ramón Mangana and Laura Unzueta. After its constitution early last year, the current shareholding of Alestis is as follows: Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science of the Andalusian Regional Government, through the Andalusian Agency for Innovation and Development (IDEA),19.9%; the Alcor Group, 42.15%; Cajasol, 15%; Unicaja, 14.3%; Banco Europeo de Finanzas (BEF), 6.8%; and the European company EADS, 1.85%. The company hopes to increase its shareholding with the entry of new private capital into the company, although for the time being there has been no confirmation as to the possible incorporation of new companies or entities on the Board of Directors.
Alestis, which is currently working on the contracts for the belly fairing and tail cone of the A350 by Airbus and the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft by the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, already has more than 1,500 employees, 1,200 of which are based in its plants in Cádiz (700) and Seville (500). The company has a total of nine plants, including one which is about to be built at Puerto Real in Cádiz. Two of these factories are located in Seville (the former Sacesa and SK3000), three in Cádiz (SK10 Andalucía at Puerto Real and SK10 Andalucía and SK10 Composites at El Puerto de Santa María), two in Vitoria (SK2024 and SKépsilon) and two in Brazil (Sao Paulo).