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 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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