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


ADM Sevilla, space for innovation and business

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Andalusia has experienced unprecedented growth in the aerospace sector during the last decade, in which our companies have not only managed to position itself strategically grow through the major programs of civil and military aviation, and overcome difficult years for economic funding, but also increasingly bet by the R&D and increase their contributions in the development of new technologies and innovative services in the areas of greatest value in the industry. All with the aim of increasing competitiveness and productivity, and consequently increase its international role and thus eligible for the business opportunities that the major players in the aerospace world have been offering in recent years.

In just a few days, Andalusia will have the opportunity to reflect on all the good it has done in the aviation field with the reception of a new edition of ADM Seville, an event that has already become a reference in the circuit of major air shows in Europe. This event should serve to endorse precisely that condition which we have wrought, with much effort and work, as one of the highlights of the continent aeronautical poles.

Beyond business and meetings that will be held at this event, from FADA-CATEC we are also convinced that it is one of the best possible scenarios to further promote innovation in the sector. In ADM Seville the main tractor companies and contractors in the aerospace industry will attend, which will establish agreements or business contacts with suppliers or companies, but they also will seek to strengthen and improve their competitiveness with technology partners to provide greater value to their business and their products.

Therefore, seize the opportunity offered by this meeting to present and promote to the companies visiting us these days technological development we have achieved, with solutions and specific applications in many sub-sectors and areas of the sector, as some that we are promoting in CATEC. From advanced manufacturing technologies for the new “Factory of the Future” as additive manufacturing, collaborative robotics and flexible automated inspection systems or improving communication in assembly processes in real time; the design of electronic systems and the implementation of flight simulation environments or development of platforms and unmanned aircraft for use in operations other industrial sectors.

Because it is more than demonstrated that those companies that have in their DNA innovation and technological excellence are not only more productive and efficient, and are more likely to ensure their survival in the global market, but also have at their disposal more opportunities business and, ultimately, to continue to grow in a competitive sector like aviation.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
CATEC Director Manager

April 29th 2016
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