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Aerospace industry
Aerospace industry

Represented by Basque Aerospace Cluster HEGAN, the regional industry ended 2008 with turnover of  1,230 million euros, up 18% over the previous year.

In 2007, firms in the industry assigned 123 million-euro to technological R&D. The percentage is remarkably high,  accounting for 10% of business billing, away ahead of what happens in Spain and other European countries.The number of employers in the regional industry was up 15% over 2007, with 9,055 people on the payroll at yeara-end.

HEGAN's prime movers and shakers are three large local concerns: Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), Aernnova and engineering firm Sener, which together galvanize an industry of thirty small and medium enterprises accounting for 17% of total billing clocked up by the industry in Spain as a whole.

Where long distance aircraft for civil aviation were concerned. Another major feature is the regional industry's participation in the Airbus Super Jumbo A380, the largest commercial aircraft ever designed. The A380 guarantees companies in the Basque region tooling, design and manufacture work for the next twenty years. Besides the launch of the A380, a number of local firms are also working on business aircraft, Sikorsky helicopters and for Boeing, while also contributing to defence and life-saving programmes.

Work contracts for new programmes have also been forthcoming from the Airbus A400M, the MTR 39-Enhanced and the Boeing 787, for which ITP is to work on the Trent 1000 engine as a risk-benefit partner.

Aernnova recently signed an agreement with Boeing on joining the design team for the structure of the future 747 Large Cargo Freighter, an updated version of today's Jumbo.

The company has also worked on the design, the structural calculus, weight reduction, the manufacture of actuators and parts for the undercarriage of the A340, as well as performing other tasks for the A310 and A320 families.

A major feature in regional-flight civil aircraft are the contracts held by Gamesa with Brazilian concern Embraer to produce parts for the ERJ 135/145 aircraft and develop the ERJ 170/190. Embraer has entrusted Gamesa with the task of designing, manufacturing and assembling sensitive structural elements such as the wings, stabilizers and rudders.

Businesses in the Basque regional aerospace industry are also doing work for Bombardier and Socata, which mean they cover the entire world market in regional aircraft, thereby guaranteeing production stability.

A major figure in engine production, Rolls Royce investee ITP is currently working on low-pressure turbines, disks and several other parts for the Trent 500/700/800 engines fitted on the Airbus 300/340 and Boeing 777. ITP is also consolidating its interests in the ongoing developments for the Trent 900 to be fitted to the A380.

Basque engineering firm Sener has made its name in the space industry. It has a privileged place in the sub-system and mechanism segment for spacecraft and satellites, where it is the European leader. Among its most outstanding achievements is the development of a revolutionary vector nozzle-one of just three such patents anywhere in the world-that helps to improve aircraft manoeuvrability.

Sener has also done work for the X38/CRV rescue vehicle, designed for use at the International Space Station, where it will help astronauts with maintenance, repair and rescue operations. Developed by NASA, the X38/CRV has undercarriage partly developed and produced by Basque firms. Sener has done other work for the international station, including the design, development and manufacture of three of the modules for the European Columbus spacecraft. Sener is also working on the automated vehicle planned to aid astronauts at the International Space Station on maintenance, repair and rescue operations, for which it is completing design work on the guidance, navigation and control sub-system.

The firm is also working for the European Space Agency on the engineering and design of the ESA's Ariane, as well as several assembly kits for its Vulcan engine.

A number of Basque firms are also collaborating with the Galileo programme conceived to work the European satellite routing system involving some 30 satellites. Their contribution focuses on the development and future exploitation of the system as part of the consortium set up for the purpose.

All member firms of the Hegan Cluster now have the international industry's EN 9100 certification. Meanwhile, nearly 65% of the special processes at Basque aerospace businesses have NADCAP certification, NADCAP being a worldwide assurance system guaranteeing minimum levels of skill and quality required to satisfy requirements in the industry as a whole.

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Source: Presidency of the Government - General Secretariat for Communication

Fecha de la última modificación: 25/08/2009