The Andalusian aerospace industry turned over 1,858
million euros and created near 500 near jobs in 2012, according to the
“Andalusian Aerospace Industry Annual Report’,
elaborated by the Hélice Cluster and that has been presented in Seville by the
regional minister of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment, Antonio
Ávila. This report consolidates Aeronautics as a strong industry and as a
strategic activity to create wealth and employment and strengthens the
productive network within the community. 

This
sector keeps growing figures despite the world’s economic situation. This data
strengthen Andalusia as the second Spanish region within the sector and as one
of the three prime aerospace hubs in Europe together with Toulouse
and Hamburg.
According to the data, Andalusian aerospace sector already contributes 1.28% to
the Andalusian global GDP and 17% to the Andalusian industrial manufacturing
GDP.

In particular, the Andalusian aerospace cluster
increased sales by 6% and employment by 4.5% exceeding one thousand of new jobs
in the last two years. The study shows the solid trajectory of the Andalusian
aerospace sector in the last decade, a period when multiplied by three the
volume of sales (from nearly 600 million in 2003 to over 1,800 in 2012) and the
number of jobs (4,100 in
2003 to nearly 11,300 in
2012) and by six the foreign sales, as well as registering an increment in
productivity of 3% annually.

The industry forecasts this positive evolution to be
intensified short term when increasing production cadence of the different
Airbus types, substantially the serial production of the A380 and the A400M and
the production of the A350, programmes in which Andalusian companies have an
important participation.

The report
shows that the Andalusian aerospace hub has managed to excel at quality level
and productive capability of the enterprises which keep a critic mass composed
by more than 100 firms facing new concentration processes which enable more
solvency and capability to take part in international programmes.  The Andalusian service industry excels at
reaching an increment of 14% of sales in 2012 with a turnover of 736,8 million
euros and 3.8% of jobs up to reach 8,396 jobs.

The report shows that Andalucía has a business critic
mass composed by 120 enterprises (as it happened in 2011), 89% located on the
axis formed by Seville and Cadiz, but that shows a dynamic activity and keeps
on the rise as it did in the last few years resulted from the merger and
business allays to strengthen its capability to undertake new work packages.

Sector
on the rise

The
‘Andalusian Aerospace Industry Annual Report’ shows that the Andalusian
aerospace industry turned over 1,858.5 million euros and employed 11,290 people
in 2012. This industry experienced an increment of 6% in sales last year (104.5
million euros) and 4.5% of employment (488 jobs). In the last decade (2003/12)
turnover grew over 1.263 million and 7,111 jobs were created (annual average
+11,7%).

As
per foreign sales, 59% respond to military programmes and the rest to civil
programmes. According to the activity, most of the companies are devoted to
machining and assembly which represents 41% of the companies and 66% of global
turnover, followed by engineering, consulting and services. Engineering excels
at gaining importance since the number of firms as well as sales increased in 2012
(39,5% more of turnover than the year before).

In
the course of last year, highly skilled jobs kept growing (managers, engineers
and graduates), with an increment of 4% compared to 2011. Together with skilled
workers this area represents 88% of the global Andalusian sector. At the same
time, the Andalusian cluster grew by 2% in productivity (in terms of turnover
by employee), upward trend which continued in the last decade at an average of
5,000 euros per employee per year.

The
industry in Andalusian also kept its commitment to diversification of customer
and product to reduce risks and gain stability, resulted from sales of non
Airbus products and which represent 28% (525 million euros). In this chapter,
the increment of Airbus Spain products in 2012 by 16.8% compared to the year
before should be highlighted. On the other side, turnover of other products and
services continued at the same level. This data is resulted from the increment
of workload and the intensity in the production chain of civil Airbus
programmes such as the A350, with a growing outlook for the next few
years. 

Exports
within the Andalusian aerospace cluster grew over 1,150 million euros in 2012,
over passing the barrier of 1,000 million for the first time, which represents
62% of total turnover and 8.1% of total exports within the region according to
the data of the Andalusian Trade Agency Extenda, with which the Hélice Cluster
collaborates to promote internationalisation within the sector by trade
missions and the organization of business meetings such as ADM 2012 or the A400M
Global Suppliers Meeting.

OEMs,
tier one suppliers and service companies

As it has
been happening in the last few years, data from the service industry are again
very favourable in 2012, consolidating its strength despite the credit crunch.
Turnover was higher for service enterprises with an increment of 14%, up to
736.8 million euros, facing 1,3% of increment for the contractor enterprises
which had a turnover of 1,121.7 million euros. As per employment the increment
was homogenous with 3,8% for the service enterprises reaching 8,396 jobs, while
OEMs and top level suppliers grew by 6,7% and employed 2,894 people.

This
involves that service enterprises contributed 90% to increase turnover and 63%
to employment in the Andalusian aerospace industry last year with an annual
average of 15% of sales increment in the last three years. In the last decade,
service industry turnover grew over 850% (from 85 million in 2003 to 737 in 2012) and employment
by 500% (from 1,663 in
2003 to 8,396 in
2012).

As per last
year data, the report shows the increment of employees in the areas of quality
and R&D in 2012, incremented by of 47% and 33% respectively. These two
areas together with the area of engineering have passed from representing 29%
of the global service industry in 2011 to 31% in 2012. By its side, production staff representing 46% keeps a
sustained growth of 8,7%.

Productivity
also grew within the Andalusian service companies with an increment of 10%,
although engineering and consulting firms experienced the highest growth with 24,6%
compared to 2011.

In addition,
the effort of the service companies to R&D investment should be highlighted
which has been duplicated in the last year (a global of 56.9 million euros) and
reached 7.7% of sales. The Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies played a
leading role in this evolution since it fosters R&D within the service
companies, as well as the Interconecta calls boosted by the regional
government, Junta de Andalucía, and the developments related to the new Airbus
programme A350.