Growing abroad

There is no doubt that CATEC has become one of the most advanced technological centres in Spain and a reference in R&D in Europe, especially in areas such as drones and unmanned systems, robotics and industry 4.0, additive manufacturing (3D printing) or non-destructive inspection, which are already marking the present and future of the aerospace industry and other important productive sectors. And not because we say it, but the results that we have achieved throughout our 11 years of history and professional trajectory talk by themselves.

We announced some days ago a new milestone in the history of FADA-CATEC, and especially in our internationalization and growth process towards foreign markets. This is no other than the first project in the field of technological developments in 3D printing outside the European continent, thanks to the collaboration with the company INVAP Argentina, which means our leap crossing the ocean to Latin America, precisely in an area of great value such as components and parts manufacturing for satellites and launchers for the space sector.

In a year in which precisely the city of Seville is assuming and leading the presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), and Andalusia is boosting its growth in the aeronautical sector reached in the last decade, we are convinced that this new CATEC project will contribute to show the high technological and industrial capacity that our industry has and to continue encouraging our companies to keep on on this good path, betting on R&D and high added value activities.

The latest figures for the year 2017 are again clear and consolidate Andalusia as a region that has not stopped growing in turnover, employment and exports in the aerospace sector, and that already faces the future with new challenges and illusions. The new strategic plan of the sector must be a key element in all this, and the base for the Andalusian aerospace sector to continue growing abroad, with the support of all the agents involved and with the R&D and the promotion of innovation as main allies. Only this way will strengthen our position as a of the fastest growing industries in the European and international level, and with better prospects for the coming years.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


A new milestone for aerospace in Spain

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The aerospace sector in Spain continues to advance and taking positions to become an international reference for the future development of worldwide aviation. We send this new digital edition of CATEC’s newsletter after achieving another important milestone in the national aviation, specifically in the field of unmanned aviation, one of the areas destined to mark the way in this sector in the coming decades and also one of the main lines of research and development of our Center.

I mean the first flight out of the line of sight of a pilot or control center by an unmanned aircraft weighing more than 25 kg., which took place at the ATLAS Center facilities in Villacarrillo (Jaen). This flight has been a new step to closer integration of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace and to make use of these technologies in new commercial applications and civil type which have been developed in recent years, some of them through our own foundation.

But it also represents a major boost for the activity of the ATLAS Center, that started its activity in 2014 and has been welcoming in recent months an increasing number of tests and flights by different companies and R&D projects in aerospace. ATLAS is the only center in Spain and Europe for testing and flight operations that has been designed for experimentation and validation of light UAS/RPAS, and its technological infrastructure of excellence are already a reference for national and international aviation community.

With these flights and others we will keep on making in the coming months, we are convinced that Andalusia and Spain not only will leap in the field of unmanned aviation, but also in the development and consolidation of a new business and research network associated with these activities, and it is rich in innovation, technology and capacity of internationalization.

Our goal is to continue along this path, by providing facilities and technological tools to the companies and organizations of the sector in order to bringing more R&D, specialization and competitiveness to our industry, both in the area of UAS and others which we consider to be of great strategic interest. And for that we shall continue devoting our commitment, work and effort.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
FADA Director Manager

March 23rd 2015
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