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

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After CATEC’s official inauguration, at the end of January, when more than three hundred agents belonging to the aeronautical and aerospace sector met together, we inaugurate this newsletter, Infocatec, that we hope will act as an useful informative vehicle to the whole sector and specially as an active and dynamic site to inform you about the activities we are developing at our Center.

We are sure that there is no better way to show what we do than by examples of our work, and that there is no better information than the one that results from facts and realities. On this basis, we hope Infocatec will show you the reality of our Center, its services, equipments and projects, through accurate and detailed information not only about the activities that are already being developed, but also about the professionals and the users who participate or benefit from them.

Nowadays, CATEC is a center working at full capacity, and it has a large project portfolio, services and material and human equipments highly valuated by the aerospace industry in strategic areas like new materials, automation and optimation of industrial processes, development of new on-board systems and subsystems, testing and certification of systems and subsystems and development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and associated technology.

Our challenge is to inform you about such a wide range of possibilities for the aerospace and aeronautical industry, so we want to encourage all professionals to follow us.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director


April 6th 2011
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