Madrid Cluster Aeroespacial


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Madrid Cluster Aeroespacial

Madrid Plataforma Aeronáutica y del Espacio

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 144 (in the region): The main firms members are: Airbus, EADS CASA, EADS Astrium Crisa, ITP, CESA and Grupo TAM
Number of employees 20,000 (direct jobs)
Number of research institutes Forming part of Madrimasd ( ) there are more than 48 research groups devoted to aerospace related R&D activities
Other cluster members Madrimasd - R&D (all the Madrid Region Universities and RTOs). New (2009) partners: Hispasat, Deimos, INSA, Mecanizados Escribano, Boeing, Aernova, Aries Ingeniería, …

Cluster Management

Organizational form Association
Financing Variable multiannual scheme balancing member fees, competitive public funding from regional, national and (expected) EU sources. During the first 4-5 years period, the main financing is being provided by regional funds

Main Actors

Main industry actors EADS, Airbus, ITP, CESA, Grupo TAM, Indra, GMV, Deimos, Boeing, Mecanizados Escribano, INSA, Hispasat, Ineco, INSA, Aena, Acatec, Aerlyper, Amper, Aernova, Aries complex, Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas, CT Ingenieros, Hexcel, Iberia Mantenimiento, ITD, Nextel, Ramen, Rodriser, Sener, SMA, Tecnatom, Tecnobit, Dasel, Lidax,
Main research institutes Madrimasd: INTA, CSIC, UPM, UC3, URJC, UAH, UCM, UAM, Imdea Materiales, Imdea Software, Imdea Nano

Cluster Competences and Strategy

Strengths & Competences

Integration, engineering and design, engines, equipment and systems, composite materials, space, and maintenance and repairing.

The Madrid Aerospace cluster is part  of Madrid Network  (www.madridaerospace.es which is the Madrid Cluster & Technological Parks association of the Madrid Region. This association takes a great impact on aerospace related activities within the region, e.g: TecnoGetafe is a relevant initiative providing real state and advanced services for firms which focus their activity on aerospace.

Below is a list of some of the leading aerospace companies in Madrid, members of the MPAE cluster:

Airbus España is the Spanish subsidiary of the European company AIRBUS, which is specialised in the design, development and manufacture of aeronautical composite material components. More than 2,000 people work in the Getafe factory, where different components are built for the aircraft families Airbus A310, A320, A330, A340 and A380.This centre houses the Directorate General of Airbus España

CESA is a company that focuses on different activities in the field of aeronautics, e.g. equipment design, engineering, rating and certification, and maintenance, etc. Its specialty is the manufacture of fluid mechanical equipment, such as: landing gear, hydraulic systems and flight control.

Founded in 1985, CRISA has participated in most of the leading European space programmes, Crisa is currently integrated into Astrium, S.L. Its experience in the space sector covers all kinds of applications, such as Earth observation, space infrastructure, scientific programmes, and telecommunications and navigation.

EADS CASA, recently transformed in Airbus Military, takes part in numerous aerospace programmes, e.g. the Airbus airplanes, the Eurocopter helicopters, the Eurofighter combat plane, and the European satellite navigation system Galileo.
EADS-CASA Espacio is a European Composite Material Centre of Excellence that since 1966 has been developing, producing, integrating and qualifying space elements and structural subsystems for thermal control and power distribution of Launchers, Satellites and the International Space Station.

TAM since the 1980s, is specialised in cutting-edge numerical control technology for the aerospace industry. At present, its core business focuses on engineering-related activities.

ITP (Industria de Turbopropulsores S.A., is a company in which Sener Aeronáutica and Rolls-Royce hold the controlling shares. Its activities include engineering, R&D, manufacturing and casting, assembly and testing of aeronautical engines and gas turbines, as well as maintenance of engines and aircraft. The ITP Group has eleven work centres located in Europe and America.

Science & Research

Galileo, GMES, Air Traffic Control, Navigation Systems, Advanced manufacturing, Diversification (Tier1), UAVs, energy and greening

International Collaboration

We are part of several European aerospace related networks: e.g.: NEREUS, Clunet and ERA-Star; and we have already signed specific cooperation agreements on cluster policies with advanced regions: Helsinki, BavAIRia, Île de France, Shangai, Israel, ...

Main Challenges

The main challenge is to keep the leading edge in composite technologies, manufacturing engineering, advanced materials, Satellite Navigation and Air Traffic Systems, and exploit our potential on other emerging activities. Our strategy is based in the assumption of a clear collaborative leadership by the firms, supported both from the scientific/academic sector and the regional administration.