This alliance will facilitate access to new sources of financing for companies in the sector, key in the planning of the Smart Specialization for Sustainability 2021-2027

The R + D + i projects that developed within the framework of the Aerospace Strategy of Andalusia 2027 will have the quality seal of the Smart Specialization Strategy for the Sustainability of Andalusia 2021-2027, S4 Andalusia. This last Strategy will act as a facilitating element for access to new sources of financing, both national and European, once the proposal made at the technical working table regarding the transport sector is validated.

The link established between both strategies would allow the representation of the aerospace sector in S4Andalucía to be expanded, with the inclusion of the new environments and new agents identified by the Aerospace Strategy. In this way, the Aerospace Strategy will be a key element for the intelligent specialization of Andalusia and will reinforce the role that the aerospace sector has had in the RIS3Andalucia Innovation Strategy.

The Smart Specialization Strategy for the Sustainability of Andalusia 2021-2027, S4Andalucia, is the instrument of the Andalusian Government to plan actions in the field of innovation and research for the 2021-2027 framework. Some of the new environments incorporated into the work related to the Advanced Industry linked to Transportation are: space, HAPS (hybrids between satellite and drone to expand exploration and improve communications), vehicles for the new intelligent mobility, and dual sector and defense industry. These areas are in addition to those already identified in RIS3 Andalusia (Smart Specialization Strategy for the 2014-2020 framework), which include the aerospace, naval, railway, automotive (electric car) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) sectors.

Regarding the new agents identified, large research infrastructures will be entered, such as the Granada Institute of Astrophysics or the Calar Alto Observatory, together with projects such as CEUS and ATLAS (the two large unmanned flight projects promoted by the Regional Ministry of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities), the Andalucía Aerospace cluster, FEDEME and the Advanced Manufacturing Center (CFA) of Cádiz, among others.

All of the above highlights the role that Aerospace Strategy plays in advancing the new design of the sector and in the search for resources to increase its generation of value, thus contributing to the generation of wealth and employment for Andalusia.

Radiography of the sector

The Andalusian aerospace sector has a turnover of 2,830 million euros, generates direct employment of 14,507 jobs and is made up of 143 companies, located mainly in the provinces of Seville and Cádiz, although also with a presence in Málaga, Córdoba, Jaén and Huelva. It contributes with a growing percentage to the Andalusian GDP, reaching 1.73% in 2019, according to the latest available data.

The sector is quite diverse in its typology. Assembly activities bring together a greater number of companies, with 34% of them, followed by mechanical activities and tooling (20%), services (16%), engineering and consulting (12%), electrical and electronic material ( 4%) and space and rest of composites and plastics, tractors and general aviation (4%).

Another notable aspect of the segment is the high qualification that characterizes the job, since 29% of the employees are managers and middle managers and 49% are skilled workers.