Andalusian aerospace trade delegation heads to Canada

Andalusian aerospace trade delegation heads to Canada

Andalusia’s Regional Minister of Economy and Knowledge of Andalusia, Antonio Ramirez de Arellano, is leading a trade mission to Canada, which will include 19 companies from the Andalusian aerospace cluster.

The main purpose is for the Andalusian companies to obtain first-hand knowledge of the Canadian aerospace sector and to establish business opportunities.

The work agenda for this trade mission, organised by the Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge through the Extenda-Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia, focuses on two main days, where Andalusian companies will meet with Canadian institutions dedicated to strengthening the aeronautics sector such as Investissement Quebec, the consortium Criaq- Caric; the non-profit organisation Gardn, or the Aero Montreal group. They will also meet with executives from Pratt and Whiteny, manufacturers of aircraft engines, and from Bombardier, one of the world’s main manufacturers of airplanes and trains.

Along with Toulouse and Hamburg, Andalusia is the third aerospace development area in Europe in turnover, employment and projects being implemented. In 2015 it invoiced €2,344 million, through 118 companies, generating 13,740 direct jobs and almost as many indirect jobs. In 2016 it had exports to a value of €1,405 million, having tripled both invoicing and exports in the last decade and doubled employment.

The 19 companies participating in the trade mission organised by Extenda are the following: Cluster Hélice, Alestis Aerospace, Elimco Aerospace, Elimco UAS, Potez Aeronáutica Ibérica, Sofitec Composites, Inespasa, Canagrosa, Atis Ibérica, UMI Aeronáutica, Solar Mems Technologies, Airgrup, Consur y Cesa, located in Seville; Carbures Aerospace & Defense, Mave Aeronáutica, Saes and Titania, located in Cadiz; and Mades, located in Malaga.

This corporate delegation is an important representation of the Andalusian auxiliary aerospace industry, a strong and consolidated industry, with growth in both jobs and sales in 2015, as shown by figures: 13.1% invoicing growth, reaching €971 million, and 9.8% employment, with 10,430 job posts.

The Andalusian aeronautics industry has tripled exports in the last 10 years (2007-16), recording double the average growth in Spain. The 1,405 million exported in 2016 make it the nation’s second exporter.


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