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Spains Aerospace Industry

Spains aerospace sector is a $6.1 billion industry with excellent opportunities for U.S. exporters. Looking at specific sectors, 63 percent of sales can be attributed to systems and frames, 13 percent to engines, 12 percent to equipment, and 12 percent to space. Spains most important aerospace companies are world leaders in the manufacture of small and medium-sized aircraft and aircraft gas-turbine engines and flight simulators, as well as in aircraft and engine maintenance.

In 2007, the aerospace industrys revenue increased by 5.4 percent compared to the previous year. Employment grew by 11.8 percent as well: in 2007, the sector employed more than 34,000 people. The aerospace industry currently dedicates 14.4 percent of sales to R&D (civil and military use are almost equal). Sales to end-users fell to $1.8 billion.

The international nature of all work on both military and civil projects can be seen from the fact that 70 percent of all activity was for export, a figure similar to that of the previous year, though some of these exports were generated by public purchases (A400M, A380, Frigates, etc.) and commitments deriving from them. The Spanish aerospace industry achieved a surplus of $3.2 million in 2007.

Spains aerospace industry is primarily located in Madrid, Andalusia, and the Basque Country. Aerospace imports (under import code HS 88) totaled $1.1 billion in 2007, with a U.S. import market share of 29 percent. In 2007, Spains aerospace industry revenues totaled $6.1 billion, 34 percent of this figure earned in the military sector of the aerospace market. According to ATECMA, the association of Spanish airline industries, some $879 million, 14.4 percent of total revenues, was spent on research and development in 2007.

The Spanish aerospace industry employs more than 34,000 people. The largest aerospace companies are Airbus Military, formerly known as EADS CASA (part of the European Airbus consortium), AERNNOVA (formerly GAMESA AERONAUTICA), INDRA, and INDUSTRIA DE TURBO PROPULSORES (ITP). These companies conduct R&D, design, production, sales and maintenance on a variety of aircraft and their parts, spacecraft and electronic simulation systems.

Based on its long experience in the design, manufacture and certification of complete aeronautical structures, EADS CASA carried out in 2006 a large number of deliveries, outstanding among them being the horizontal tail plane of the Falcon F7X. This year saw the completion of the certification documentation of the horizontal tail plane of this aircraft and the certification fatigue tests were concluded.

Within the closed price contract signed with EADS CASA for the design of the central casing, trailing edge, elevator, tip and central fastener of the horizontal tail plane of the Falcon F7X, CT INGENIEROS (a subcontractor of EADS CASA( passed the first flight milestone and delivered all the calculation documentation and the modifications that took place up to this phase of the program, now very close to certification.

For the Airbus Military A400M program, the consortium of engine constructors, Europrop International Gmbh (EPI), composed of ITP, Rolls Royce, Snecma and MTU was selected by Airbus Military, in competition with Pratt & Whitney Canada, for propulsion of the A400M European transport aircraft. The A400M will replace Europes ageing military transport fleet and will become the main competitor to Lockheed Martins C130 Hercules.

Prospects were promising for EADS CASA. In recent years, the company has secured important contracts, ranging from R&D to aircraft construction and modernization. EADS CASA oversees the activities of the Divisin de Aviones de Transporte Militar (MTA) and Defensa y Seguridad (DS), two distinct sections within the company. The MTA designs, produces, and markets medium-sized and smaller airplanes for cargo purposes. Currently, the MTA is working on the Deepwater Project for the U.S. Coast Guard. One of the MTAs biggest projects involves the production of in-flight-refueling planes. The other arm of EADS CASA, DS, is divided into three categories: Defense Electronics (DE), Military Air Systems (MAS), and Defense and Communications Systems (DCS). MAS is involved in production of combat aircraft and flight simulators. It is most well known for its role in the production of the Eurofighter jet.

The aerospace industry can be divided into three general industrial sectors: aircraft and systems engines, and equipment. Aircraft manufacturing is the dominant activity in the sector. Aerospace production in Spain is a small but highly developed and mature industrial sector. Heavy investment in the A -380 program has strengthened the aeronautical infrastructure and will increase Spains production capabilities in the future.

The A400M program will further strengthen the importance of Andalusia (in the south of Spain) as one of the countrys main aerospace-production regions. The all-new A400M military aircraft made its first flight from Andalusias Seville San Pablo Airport after its assembly at the EADS CASA factory, the third largest Airbus production plant in the world. The Ministry of Science and Technology estimates the project will create 10,000 new jobs in Spain.

In the military aircraft sector, Spains participation in the Typhoon Eurofighter is 14 percent. This program has led to the development of important new technologies by EADS CASA, CESA, INDRA and ITP. These programs, along with continued success in the aircraft engine and aircraft systems and simulators markets, underline Spains important participation in the world aerospace sector.

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