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For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


A year of consolidation and growth

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We close the year 2016 taking balance of the work that FADA-CATEC has continued developing this exercise to continue promoting innovation and the application of new technologies to improve the competitiveness of companies in the aerospace sector in Andalusia and Spain. A work that has allowed us to consolidate and continue to grow in this task and is reflected in our intense research and technological development activity, with the development of new R&D projects at national and international level, and also in the rest of services and activities that the Center has promoted or participated with companies and other entities with the aim of boosting the culture of innovation and excellence in the aeronautics industry and other sectors.

From participating in the most important fairs and business meetings in the aerospace sector such as ADM Seville, to technical seminars, scientific conferences or events of informative interest where we have put in value the knowledge and the pioneering experience of our Center in the most relevant lines of activity of the present and future of aviation, such as World Space Week or Researchers' Night, for example.

Also new milestones for the aeronautical industry in our country, such as the first industrial inspection of a Spanish refinery through the use of an aircraft, or being selected as the only national technological center that has received funding to participate in the competition International MBZIRC, the largest global event in the field of aerial robotics to be held in Abu Dhabi next March. Or the new Alliance TRISPACE, which we have promoted from CATEC and is the first consortium of three Spanish technology centers to offer a wide and complete technological offer to develop new business opportunities for the space industry in Europe.

A year, therefore, to be satisfied with the achievements and reaffirm that we are on the right path. But also to be aware we must continue working in this line, helping our companies to meet successfully the challenges and objectives of the sector in its transformation towards the new Factory 4.0. For a 2017 full of new projects for the aerospace sector. Happy New Year.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
CATEC Director Manager

January 3rd 2017
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