As you can read in our editorial of our annual report focusing on 2013, which was presented a week ago, Aerópolis has increasingly grown thanks to the work of its companies, to its business, along with betting on a better competitively and to R&D investments. 2013 has been a year of spectacular growth for our Technological Park, the only one in Europe exclusively dedicated to the aerospace sector; however 2013 has above all evidenced the great contribution that Aerópolis, as an initiative of the Andalusian Government, has made to the Andalusian aerospace sector in the last ten years.
In this last decade of existence, Aerópolis has managed to give profits to their business attributed to a consolidated technological park. 2013 figures credited so. They evidence that Aerópolis companies not only grow (increase in turnover of 26% and 12% of employment), but they even grow more than those who are not in the park. Therefore, if in 2012 Aerópolis concentrated 35% of employment in the sector in Andalusia, in 2013 has passed the 38% concentrate. And if in 2012 represented 37% of the turnover of the sector in the Community in 2013 has come to represent 41%. Aerópolis companies not only grow, but grow better, because their productivity is 9.08% higher than registered companies in the sector in Andalucía. A very significant fact that, taking into account that the latter increased by 7% in 2013.
And that's the key to Aerópolis has not stopped receiving new companies since 2004 to terminate its execution: Our Park offers competitive benefits that directly impact productivity and makes it grown more than in the rest of the sector. Beyond the provision of accommodation, beyond infrastructure excellence that we provide companies, beyond the range of services and activities to promote business activity and workers life, the main reason other companies are interested in our park is that they can see that by being here, the companies grow up better and faster and have more technological opportunities for sharing workspace with the key industry players.
Our goal is just that: not only provide accommodation and services, but to promote synergies and relations with the different firms of the Park and, to sum up, to take care of an innovation ecosystem and geographical, technological and valuable chain aerospace cluster, which makes the Park companies more productive than others.
Joaquín Rodríguez Grau