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 pioneer center in tests with UAV's

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FADA-CATEC has been running for several weeks the construction of the new ATLAS Experimental Flight Center, a center that will host the first installations of our country completely dedicated to research and development of new technologies and unmanned aircraft systems (UAV's) of light type. This initiative will involve, undoubtedly a great boost for the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace industry in the field of UAV's, one of the areas that present the greatest future prospects in the international market thanks to the new applications that have been incorporated into the field of civil and commercial aviation.

In fact, we are convinced that our industry will place itself on the international forefront in the development of new applications with this type of aircraft, and it will boost the industrial activity that has been recorded in our country through various companies and manufacturers that develop UAV's products. Not in vain, we are in front of the first scientific-technological infrastructures in Europe specifically designed to perform, permanently and safely, testing, simulation and validation of technologies applicable to UAV's and to the new techniques for traffic management (ATM).

This condition, together with other important factors such as its excellent facilities, a segregated airspace and weather conditions suitable for R & D with systems and unmanned aircraft, makes it a pioneer center in trials and tests with this type of aircraft. All this will encourage the collaboration with the main international companies of this sector and position ourselves as a global referring agent.

But Atlas is also a special project emblematic of FADA-CATEC. It is one of the pillars on which the foundation of CATEC has been articulated, and in which the whole team that form this technological center is doing a great effort to make it a reality. There have been several years of hard work and today we are much closer to an end that we will enjoy at the end of this same year 2013, when the works will be completed and the new facilities will be put in place. Achieved that challenge, we have the other, to continue working to make its activity and functioning result in new progress and achievements in unmanned aircraft technology and in R&D aerospace for all Spanish and Andalusian industry.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director

June 10th 2013
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