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CTA Aerospace and Production Processes

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 10 October, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)
Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección (APD)
Cotec Foundation
Plataforma Tecnológica Aeroespacial Española
Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
Cluster Management Team: 
Atienza Alonso
Cluster Manager
Páez Rodríguez
ECCP Responsible Person
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Aeronautical technology / Avionics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Airbus Defence and Space
Larger Company
Atlantic Copper
Larger Company
Carbures Europe
Larger Company
Larger Company
Larger Company
Larger Company
Mac Puar Corporación
Larger Company
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

The Andalusian aeronautical industry, situated in the cluster which has developed around the Airbus Group factories, is the second most important in Spain in terms of turnover and employment. It has become a significant player at an international level and is the site of the final assembly line for the A400M, the new military transport aircraft being built by Airbus Military.

A wide variety of CTA members are operating in the sector, including Airbus itself, as well as highly specialised spin-off university projects and sub-contractors of various types.

We also help to finance numerous R&D initiatives associated with this important programme as well as others linked to the development of new materials, the investigation of new assembly technology, RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), very light jets, etc.

In terms of other areas of production, CTA supports various projects aimed at increasing competitiveness in the Andalusian industrial sector by researching new products, industrial processes and management formulas which can offer added value. There has been special focus on projects related to the development of industry 4.0 and cyber-industry, which will help companies to optimise their processes and become more flexible, efficient and competitive.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Support of technology transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 
  • CTA helps businesses, universities, technology centres, public authorities and other bodies to achieve the maximum results from their R&D initiatives and transform the results into wealth creation and concrete business activities.
  • The services provided by CTA include: strategic R&D advice; evaluation of innovative initiatives; support for the internationalisation of R&D; consultancy in processes involving Procurement of Innovation by Public Bodies; support for technology scouting and studies and reports concerning ad hoc innovation.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Success Story / Achievements: 
  • CTA technical officers are evaluators in European projects calls for proposals (H2020, FP7, SME Instrument).
  • CTA is a strategic advisor in innovation programs of the Administration.
  • CTA provides technical support to innovation funding programs and technological entrepreneurship.
  • Experience in the development of technology transfer through the mobilization of patents in collaboration with Andalusian public universities.
  • International Success Cases Manual of University-Business Cooperation (REUNE).
  • CTA works as PUNTO RED PIDI (National Network of Information Points on Research, Development and Innovation Activities, managed by CDTI). Currently, it is the International Node of the PIDI Network, in addition to being a proximity node since 2008.
  • Expert foundation in the writing and edition of reports and publications on innovation at regional and national level.
  • Preparation of feasibility studies in areas such as neuroscience, big data and cloud computing, tourist recommendation services and bioeconomy.
  • Stable collaboration agreements with regional and national economic agents. 
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Support for the development and dynamization of R&D projects

  • R&D projects generation. Support, promotion and advice.
  • High capacity for communication and dissemination of project results, with special emphasis on the Spanish market.
  • Validation of business models.
  • Funding of Andalusian R&D proposals.

Market Perspective

  • Detection of trends, gaps and market barriers from the business vision.
  • Active promotion of technology transfer (B2B and University-Business).
  • Development of business plans based on innovative technology. Support for business training.

Networking and meeting points

  • Integration with national and international collaboration networks.
  • Meeting forums and workshops, with University-Business participation.
  • Search for strategic partners.
  • Business cluster. Representative of more than 150 companies in 7 strategic sectors in Andalusia.