Aragon (Spain)

Aragon is one of the 17 Autonomous Communities (regions) in which Spain is organized. Its territory is divided in three provinces: Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel. Located in the northeast of the country, Aragon is the economic centre of Spain, in less than 3 hours, your company can access to 70% of the GDP of Spain, a market of over 25 million of consumers: France and the Atlantic and Mediterranean ports.

Mapa de Aragón

Aragon is playing an important role in the southern European regions. Only 136 kilometers far from France, makes it the bridge to Europe for Spain and Portugal. Aragon has an area of ​​over 47,500 square kilometers, nearly one-tenth of Spain. Its strategic location makes it a natural link between two of the most important areas for development in Europe: the Atlantic and the Mediterranean axis.

Strategic Location in the South of Europe

Within a radius of 300 km (186 miles) from the city of Zaragoza, capital of Aragon, there are over 25 million potential consumers and 70% of the Spanish GDP.

Basic data about Aragón


 

Official name: Aragon

Provinces: Zaragoza, Huesca, Teruel
Capital: Zaragogza
Area: 47.719.20 m2. 9.4 % of the  Spanish surface 
Population: 1.350.000 inhabitants
Population Density: 27,2 inhabitants per square kilometer
Official Language: Castilian(Spanish)
GDP: € 34,098  million

 

Economic data and labor market


 

Aragon’s economy within an international context
 
  ARAGON SPAIN EUROPEAN UNION
Development of the Gross Domestic Product  (million euros) Year 2011 34.098 1.073.383 12.629.522
Development of the Gross Domestic Product per capita  (millon euros) Year 2011 25.920 23.271 25.100
Gross Disposable Income  (millon euros) Year 2009 22.776 711.372  
Gross disposable income per capita (millon euros) Year 2009 17.269 15.488  

 

Gross domestic product (GDP) and gross disposable income (GDI) in Aragon
 
  Gross domestic product Gross domestic product per capita Disposable Gross Rent  Gross disposable income per capita  
Year Millon Euros Var. % Euros Var.% Millon Euros Var.% Euros Var.%
2008 34.659 0,84 26.526 1,92 22.598 6,10 17.295 4,51
2009 33.102 -4,49 25.098 -5,40 22.776 0,80 17.269 -0,20
2010 33.252 0,45 25.322 0,45 -      
2011 34.098 2,54 25.920 2,54 -      

 

Foreing trade: exports and imports. Year 2012
  exportots imports  
  Millon Euros % Millon Euros %
Total 8.497,54 100 6.244,37 100
Europe 6.809,86 80,14 4.533,74 72,61
EU-27 6.315,25 74,32 4.149,36 66,45
Asia 778,51 9,16 1.138,64 18,23
África 286,55 3,37 425,44 6,81
América 562,47 6,62 121,43 1,94
Rest 60,15 0,71 25,11 0,40

 

Work force: employed and unemployed by sector and sex. Year 2012 
Unit: thousands of people and percentages
  EMPLOYED POPULATION UNEMPLOYED POPULATION  
  Men % Women % Men % Women %
Total 296,9 100 236,8 100 63,4 100 58,4 100
Agriculture 26,1 8,8 5,2 2,2 2,8 4,4 1,9 3,2
Industry 76,2 25,7 20,6 8,7 6,9 10,9 2,2 3,8
Construction 33,4 11,3 3,6 1,5 7,6 12,0 0,8 1,3
Services 161,2 54,3 207,4 87,6 15,0 23,6 22,2 38,0
Without previous job - - - - 31,1 49,1 31,3 53,7

 

Communications and logistical routes


Aragon is in a strategic location with excellent communications. Its geographical position in the centre of the most dynamic economic zone of Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Basque Country, Valencia and France gives it a high strategic value for the development of logistics.

Road network

Dense network of highways and very well communicated roads.
Fast Connections with Barcelona, Madrid, Basque Country, Valencia and France.
 

Rail network
Zaragoza is the centre of the rail network in the northeast of Spain, linking the main cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao.

The intermodal rail station connects Zaragoza through different forms of transport (AVE, normal trains and buses), with a total area of ​​60,000 square meter.

 

Airports

Zaragoza’s Airport is just 9 km. far from the city (about 10 minutes), it has excellent communications with the centre of the city of Zaragoza and through its international flights to other cities such as Frankfurt, London, Milan, Brussels, Paris, Lisbon, Rome, etc.

The logistic area of Zaragoza of 132,000 square meter and has at its disposal a new terminal of perishables.

Leading logistic enterprises like T.N.T and other national and international companies are already using its facilities.

From the first half of 2007, the International Airport of Huesca-Pyrenees began its first operations. The airport is located at 10 kilometers from Huesca. It is in a privileged location for the communication with the Aragonese Pyrenees, an important stop for skiers as it is the location of some of the main tourist centres of Spain.

 

Dry Ports
Intermodal ports.
Delegation ports of Barcelona, Tarragona, Bilbaok, Valencia, Gijón, Avilés and Sines(Portugal)

 

Technological Capacity


 

PLA-ZA: largest logistic platform of Europe 

With an area of ​​12,826,898 m², the Logistic Platform of Zaragoza (PLAZA) is the largest logistic establishment of Europe.

The main feature of PLAZA is that it is based on an intermodal transport centre (rail, highways and routes), a combination that activates Zaragoza capabilities that make Zaragoza one of the most important logistic-cities of Europe, with connections to the most important European centres of production and consumption.

This intermodality reinforces the localisation ​​and centrality of the area, completely opened to companies that participate in activities related to logistics, PLAZA assists with several collective facilities and common services that multiply the profitability of its location. This also implies decisive synergies to intermodal logistics that are necessary for all operators.

Its location in the European Union (the south-west diagonal region) and its intermodal service made PLAZA the chosen place for Spanish leaders in their respective sectors, like Inditex, Imaginarium, Porcelanosa, TDN, DHL Express, Barclays Bank and Mann Filter …

TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF ARAGÓN (ITA)

In 1984, the Government of Aragon founded the “Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón” (Technological Institute of Aragón) to improve the technological capacity of the Aragonese companies and foreign enterprises located in Aragon, allowing access to technological research companies locally situated..

 

WALQA TECHNOLOGY PARK

Walqa Technology Park was founded in 2001 as a centre of innovation and R & D, specialized in areas of communication technologies, Internet and electronic commerce. Today, more than 35 companies and institutions employ more than 500 skilled workers and new fields like biotechnology and renewable energy are leading the growth of the park. The construction of “Huesca’s Industrial and Technology Park”(PLHUS), just a few meters far from Walqa,  allows some companies to link their production facilities and distribution of its research centres..

 

MOTORLAND

Located in Alcañiz (Teruel), MOTORLAND (Motor City) ended in 2009; it has become a milestone in motorsports R & D.  A total area of 3.5 million square meters, including a racetrack designed by Hermann Tilke (with Pedro de la Rosa as a consultant), Karting and  gravel circuits, a technology park and a common area (designed by Norman Foster) with an hotel, restaurants, shopping centre, residence, etc. This technology park is a space where facilities are specially designed with latest technology for professional development of companies and organisations related to motor industry. In an area of over 200,000 square meters, which will house facilities for research, training and standar.

 

CIRCE (Research Centre for the efficiency of power stations)

Research and development of power and energy systems; technical training of post-graduates and professionals in energy optimisation issues.

 

LITEC (Laboratory for Research in Combustion Technology)

It is a body that depends on The High Council of Scientific Research and the General Council of Aragon, which aims to encourage research applied to research in gas, liquid and coal combustion.

 

CADI (Aragonese Industrial Design Centre)

The Aragonese Industrial Design Centre is the main instrument of the Aragonese Government for the promotion of industrial and graphic design in its business sector. Its main objective is to support companies to incorporate the advanced industrial design for its products.

 

INSTITUTE OF CARBON CHEMISTRY

To promote basic research applied to industry, fossil fuels and the environment, according to the needs of the EU research programs.

 

ICMA (Institute of Materials Science of Aragon)

To support the professionalisation of research in advanced material and chemical areas of basic and applied research of Europe. Your participation in international forums demonstrates the prestige of his contributions in the field of materials.

 

INSTITUTO ARAGONÉS DE FOMENTO

The “Instituto Aragonés de Fomento (IAF)” (Aragonese Promotion Institute) is the development agency of the Government of Aragon. In order to support enterprises looking for the best possible location in Spain, IAF carried out a detailed study of the technical specifications and requirements (gas, high water consumption, access to main roads, the size of the plot , etc.) of each investment project, the search for the most suitable places in Aragon. Also, it advises companies about how to get the most amount of incentives and subsidies as possible, which may be of European, national, territorial or local funds.

 


Más información:

Aragon basic data, 2014.- Zaragoza: Instituto Aragonés de Estadística, 2014

Aragon, come and connect [video].- Zaragoza: Aragón Exterior, 2014

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