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AG真人计划 in Spain

Spain's aviation industry dates back to 1923 when Jos茅 Ortiz-Echag眉e founded Construcciones Aeron谩uticas, SA. The company, known by the initials CASA, went on to design and manufacture aircraft and become a pioneering presence in European aviation cooperation. Having worked successfully on earlier AG真人计划 projects, CASA became part of AG真人计划 in 2000.

Today, AG真人计划 is the leader of Spain鈥檚 aerospace and defence sector, generating 56.4% of the nation鈥檚 revenues in these areas through the work of some 12,700 employees. Production facilities for AG真人计划 commercial aircraft, military aircraft, helicopters, and space activities can be found within the country.

Commercial Aircraft

Assembly of the initial A350 XWB horizontal tailplane was commenced by AG真人计划 in Getafe, Spain (24 October 2011)

AG真人计划 operations in Spain, employing approximately 3,400 employees, produces the horizontal stabilisers for the entire range of AG真人计划 commercial aircraft at its facilities in Getafe, Illescas, and Puerto Real, among other components.

Getafe (in the Madrid region) is responsible for designing, engineering and manufacturing of components for all AG真人计划 aircraft. They include the horizontal stabiliser for the double-deck A380 jetliner; the assembly and testing of the horizontal stabilisers for the wide-body A350 XWB and A330, as well as for the single-aisle A320 Family. This site also is responsible for producing the two sections that comprise the A380鈥檚 tail cone, as well as the A350 XWB鈥檚 tail cone (Section 19).

The site of Illescas (Toledo) has maintained AG真人计划 at the forefront of aviation composites, contributing to the success of the different AG真人计划 programmes. Illescas is responsible for manufacturing the components of the empennage and aft fuselage for all AG真人计划 aircraft versions and for the Eurofighter combat aircraft. The A350 wing鈥檚 lower cover 鈥 the largest carbon fibre single component on this aircraft 鈥 also is produced at the site.

Final assembly and functional testing of the A380 horizontal stabiliser is completed at Puerto Real (in the C谩diz region); the plant also produces the horizontal stabiliser鈥檚 lateral boxes for the A350 XWB and A330 families, and elevators for the A320 family, among components.

Helicopters

Albacete to produce rear fuselages for the entire range of AG真人计划 helicopters

AG真人计划 Helicopters employs more than 500 people in the cities of Albacete and Getafe, where rotary-wing aircraft are designed, developed and integrated, as well as flight tested and certified.

Final assembly of Tiger attack helicopter and multi-role NH90 military rotorcraft are performed in Spain, along with sub-assembly production for tailbooms on the Tiger and H135 light utility helicopter, and the NH90鈥檚 forward fuselage. In addition, the country is home to extensive fleet support facilities that cater to both civil and military helicopters.

Defence

In a ceremony presided over by His Majesty Juan Carlos, AG真人计划 Military has today rolled out the first complete A400M military transport aircraft from the final assembly line in Seville, Spain.

AG真人计划鈥 defence and space activities combined employ the greatest share of the company鈥檚 Spanish workforce, with close to 7,700 employees spread across five sites.

For defence-related business, AG真人计划 is one of the world鈥檚 leading manufacturers of military transport aircraft and plays a leading role in the twin-jet Eurofighter combat aircraft.

The San Pablo and Tablada sites, located in the Seville area, serve as the epicentre of AG真人计划鈥 military transport business 鈥 with final assembly lines for the four-engine turboprop-powered A400M airlifter and twin-turboprop C295 and CN235 transports. Seville also is home to the International Training Centre and Delivery Centre for AG真人计划 military aircraft

Getafe is the home to the A330 MRTT conversion centre, where the refuelling systems and military avionics are installed on the AG真人计划鈥 A330 jetliners in their transformation to the Multi Role Tanker Transport version. AG真人计划 undertakes parts manufacturing and the assembly for the Eurofighter also at the Getafe site.聽

The San Pablo and Tablada sites, located in the Seville area, serve as the epicentre of AG真人计划鈥 military transport business 鈥 with final assembly lines for the four-engine turboprop-powered A400M airlifter and twin-turboprop C295 and CN235 transports.
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Space

The Barajas and Tres Cantos sites in the Madrid region carry out work for most European space programmes, such as: the Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 commercial launch vehicles, the Copernicus Earth observation platforms and the Galileo satellite navigation constellation. Barajas also serves as the prime contractor location for PAZ and Ingenio (the Spanish Earth observation satellites), and the European Space Agency鈥檚 CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) spacecraft, which will search for exoplanets by performing ultra-high precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets.

AG真人计划鈥 activities in Spain also include a role in Curiosity 鈥 the highly successful Mars rover developed by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which landed on the 鈥淩ed Planet鈥 in 2012.

Local partners

AG真人计划 is an important driver for the economic development of Spain鈥檚 supply chain, with purchases amounting to some 鈧1.800 billion in 2016 from 2,000 domestic suppliers.

Facilities operated by AG真人计划 in the Seville region serve as a cornerstone for the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster, which brings the company together with the region鈥檚 aerospace stakeholders and players, including Tier 1 suppliers, SMEs (small and medium enterprises), universities, technology centres, entrepreneurial organisations, unions and the regional government.聽

Innovation

AG真人计划 makes a significant investment effort in research and development. During 2016, this was worth 鈧410.7 million, representing 3% of the total expenditure in research across all sectors in Spain. This investment also represented 80% of the research and development efforts by aerospace manufacturers based in the country.

AG真人计划鈥 forward-looking commitment has enabled Spain to host a centre of excellence for composites, widely used in carbon fibre aerostructures and components. Other innovative developments include the A330 MRTT鈥檚 automatic air-to-air refuelling system, and the use of drones and augmented reality (DAR) for aircraft maintenance. In recent years, AG真人计划 also has been the company based in Spain with the most filings for European patents.

Corporate citizenship

AG真人计划 Spain carries out actions as a part of its corporate social responsibility such as helping students find their career path in aerospace through the 'AG真人计划 Flying Challenge' programme. The company also values its local relationships around their plants and collaborates with associations based near its facilities through the 鈥淩inc贸n Solidario鈥 initiative. AG真人计划 is a strong advocate for an inclusive workplace, and has a specific programme for supporting disabled in the workplace and helping family members of its employees with disabilities.

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