Metalworking Sector

The metalworking industry’s main purpose is using products obtained from metallurgical processes used when manufacturing parts, pieces or finished products such as machinery, equipment or tools. That is, the application of all types of operations, techniques or mechanics to metals and their alloys.

Among the main sub sectors within the sector we find metal smelting, metal product manufacturing, equipment and machinery manufacturing, electrical and electronic machinery, vehicle production, naval transport and the railway industry.

Investment opportunities

›Positioning the region in terms of bioeconomy, circular economy and sustainability.
›Socially responsible models based on e-commerce as a means to achieve an efficient scale. ›Facilitating access to 3D technology to maintain productive activities.
›Developing quality craftsmanship with high technology and design.
›Optimizing the use of currently underutilized natural resources.

Castilla-La Mancha value proposition

  • In Castilla-La Mancha, industrial activity has grown in recent years due to the presence of foreign companies with a turnover of 4 billion. The metalworking industry is a mainstay of economic growth in the region.
  • The interconnectedness of the sector’s activities with the main economic sectors of the region: aeronautics, automotive, logistics, transport, etc.
  • Lower labor costs are a competitive advantage for companies in the region.
  • In Castilla-La Mancha, there are various organizations that work to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. Worth highlighting are the Technology and Science Park, which has a high innovation and entrepreneurship component, or Lazarus, one of the accelerators and incubators of projects.
  • Castilla-La Mancha has significant national and European funding for innovation and R&D, a college campus of international excellence and a network of public and semi-private centers integrated into the productive fabric of the region.
  • Itecam, Metal Technology Center of Castilla-La Mancha, established as a regional cluster with the aim of promoting innovation and increasing the competitiveness of the metalworking industry, such as those involved in the transformation, processing and development of equipment, machinery and systems with metallic and related materials.
  • The existence of regional investment incentives, which include aid for job creation, support for the prevention of occupational risks, the development of industrial sites for the implementation of new business projects, reductions in municipal taxes and charges, support for innovation and marketing and export advice.

Renewable energy sector

The energy sector is responsible for more than 75% of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, increasing the share of renewable energy in the different sectors of the economy is a key element in achieving a carbon-neutral integrated energy system. Furthermore, the Europe Agreements set out the EU’s path towards climate neutrality by 2050 by decarbonising all sectors of the economy and further reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Opportunities of the sector

› Capitalize on the new energy paradigm, taking into account new political commitments made in Europe and new technologies.
› Potential to ensure economic competitiveness of energy-intensive sectors.
› High potential of the sector to create high-quality jobs.
› Optimizing the use of currently untapped natural resources.
› The need to value innovation as a resource and avant-garde projects.

The CLM value proposition

Castilla-La Mancha has its own characteristics that make of it an attractive area in the field of clean and alternative energy production:

  • Castilla-La Mancha is the region with the most renewable energy installed nationwide. The region could be supplied solely with the clean domestic energy it produces.
  • The climate of the region is very favorable for the development of the sector. With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, the region is one of the areas with the highest solar radiation in Europe.
  • The availability of land for the installation of infrastructures for energy production.
  • Decision to focus on clean energy. Positioning as one of the main producing regions for electrical energy in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Existence of regional investment incentives such as aid for job creation, promotion of risk prevention in the workplace, development of industrial land for the implementation of new business projects, reductions in municipal taxes and fees, support for innovation, marketing and export advice.
  • Specialized research centers such as the Renewable Energy Research Institute, the Industrial Development Institute of the University of Castilla-La Mancha or the Center for Technological Support to Entrepreneurs, to name but a few.
  • Specialized research centers such as the Renewable Energy Research Institute, the Industrial Development Institute of the University of Castilla-La Mancha or the Center for Technological Support to Entrepreneurs, BILIB, as well as the Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentración, S.A. – ISFOC and the National Center for the Testing of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies – CNETHPC, the only one in Spain and developer of the first hydrogen supply station in Spain.

Aeronautical sector

The aeronautical sector is one of the most powerful industries in the world. This sector includes the construction of civil and military aircraft, the manufacture of engines, parts, accessories,

simulators and all types of related equipment. It serves five markets: military aircraft, missiles, space, commercial aircraft and general aviation.

Opportunities of the sector

It is a diversified sector that includes various activities such as aircraft structure and component assembly, airport infrastructure, engineering services, composite manufacturing, aircraft maintenance, and more. The opportunities available in this sector include:

› Navigation and avionics systems.
› Helicopters (engineering, electronics and systems services, maintenance). Engines and propulsion systems.
› Training centers: pilots, maintenance and engineers.
› Manufacture of low-cost flight simulators.
› Aviation safety and human factors research.
› Unmanned aircraft.
› Airport services: Aircraft disassembly.
› Aircraft structures, components and composites.
› Liberalization of airports and tower air traffic control.

CLM value proposition

  • Castilla-La Mancha has experienced greater growth in the aviation industry than any other region in Spain, and as an industry it is becoming one of the region’s main economic drivers.
  • It is the third largest Spanish region in terms of volume of turnover in the aeronautical industry (12% of turnover and 10% of employment). It represents about 3% of the regional GDP.
  • Integration in global value chains with the presence of some of the most important companies in the sector.
  • The region has an Advanced Composites Cluster (Illescas), which is among the world leaders in composite aerostructures, particularly carbon fiber.
  • Presence of companies whose activities range from satellite control to avionics and engineering. Presence of R&D centers and qualified professionals.
  • Proximity to other industrial centers in the sector, particularly in the Madrid region, and to research centers.
  • Presence of regional investment incentives, which include aid for job creation, the promotion of risk prevention in the workplace, the development of industrial sites, etc.