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 video about our AEROX platform is selected for the best engineering drone video of the year prize awarded by AUVSI

Our video was the most voted in the selection process and will participate in the final phase to be held at the world 's largest fair of autonomous systems, the AUVSI Xponential in Chicago

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A video about our AEROX platform, developed within the framework of the AEROARMS European project, has been selected as one of the best three videos that will compete for the "Best Engineering Drone Video of the Year, to be presented at the world's largest fair of autonomous systems (UAS) , the AUVSI Xponential 2019 that is scheduled to take place April 29 to May 2 in Chicago.

Our video reached first place in the popular vote held in recent weeks, after gaining more than 2,380 votes ahead of a video of the American company CivilTech, and another about 13 controlled explosions in a building in the US. The three videos will now compete for the prize in the Chicago final.

AEROX is a worldwide pioneering new technology platform which allows the use of first aerial robot for the development of industrial inspections by contact, for sectors such as energy or chemical, which require maintenance work in height of operators that could be avoided with this new application, safer and less expensive.

This technology is part of the AEROARMS project, belonging to the European Horizon 2020 program in the area of aerial robotics, whose novelty is the development of the first drones in the world with multiple robotic arms for this type of function. This project will end in 2019 and is endowed with a budget of more than 5.7 million euros, in which partners from five countries participate, including CATEC: Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

April 25th 2019
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