Aerópolis is a clear example of technological and industrial development in Spain and Europe, also a model of growth and promotion of a strategic sector with an increasing role in the economy of Andalusia, which is serving as a reference for other initiatives to promote production and business activity at national and international level. Its solid basis have been supported in recent days with the announcement of some news that directly affect the evolution of the Park and the Andalusian aerospace sector in general, and let go settled the future of our industry in the coming years.
I mean first to the announcement by the President of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, to expand Aerópolis. This is a project in which the Regional Government, through the IDEA Agency and our Park, are working and which will respond to the needs of expansion and growth that Aerópolis companies have today.
With almost 90% of the Aerópolis’ ground occupied, this initiative will not only allow our existing firms have new areas to expand its facilities and their business activity in the sector, but above all, to facilitate setting up and accommodation of new national and international companies. These firms have already shown interest in working in our Park, looking for the opportunities and synergies that are set on it, to continue promoting development and growth in Andalusia and worldwide.
Moreover, we also show in this digital newsletter the good health of the Andalusian aerospace industry, which was reflected in the presentation of the aerospace annual report 2014, and again showed sales growth (8.9 %) and employment (8.6%), in addition to other indicators such as its weight in the regional GDP. This positive context was reflected also in the case of the auxiliary industry, with an increase in turnover 11.3% and employment 10.29%, and growth in higher value-added activities, such as equipment and systems, engineering and quality. This has been possible thanks the work and effort of companies and institutions of Aerópolis, that year after year continue to provide a high percentage of productive activity and employment in the sector, and even more prominently in the case of R&D, that reflects an increasing competitiveness of our industry in the international context.
At last, I would like to highlight other initiative that not directly affect the evolution and growth of the sector but it is special in Aerópolis, as it represents a new support service for the our companies and workers at the Park: the opening of the new health center. With these new facilities Aerópolis takes another step in its goal to increase number of general services and incorporate new features to improve the quality of life of people who every day carry out their activity in the Park. Supporting our businesses and workers in the social sphere it is also part of our job to lay the basis and conditions necessary to continue promoting the development and growth of the aerospace industry, and strengthen Aerópolis and Andalusia as one of the largest aerospace poles projection not only in Europe but internationally.
Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Chief Executive Officer