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


A400M: an opportunity to keep growing

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The Andalusian and Spanish industry lived in Seville a historic day with the official delivery of the first aircraft A400M to the French Air Force. An aircraft that is manufactured and assembled in Andalusia and in which program most of the community aeronautical cluster companies are involved. This is a major milestone for the Andalusian aeronautical for all that it means and will mean, as it represents the acceleration of the mass production of new Airbus military aircrafts, and more importantly, the beginning of a strong industrial process that will move into a sales and employment growth for our businesses in the next years.

But the delivery of the most technologically advanced military aircraft in the world involves many things, including an increase in technological ability of the andalusian auxiliary industry, that in the last years prepared itself to lead its own business towards higher value-added activities and to increase its investment in R&D in the sector. Thus, by the wormth of Airbus and of the A400M program, the Andalusian sector has managed to grow in competitiveness, productivity, specialization, internationalization, diversification and technological development, that allows us to strengthen our position and regain prominence that Andalusia used to have in the European aerospace scenario.

We must, therefore, recognize the progress and the business and technological effort made by the Andalusian auxiliary industry, which we have supported and contributed from CATEC, but we must also demand more to ourselves, and we should take advantage of the favorable wind coming from the A400M to keep growing. This program, along with others like the A350 and the A380, are essential to set the basis of our future development. We must not be comformists, but the opposite. We must look forward with ambition and take advantage of this great opportunity to keep growing and to consolidate Andalusia as one of the most relevant aeronautical poles and with the greatest impact in Europe.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director

September 30th 2013
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