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

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Aerospace scenarios to play leading roles



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We start this new bulletin after having held two referral events in the aerospace framework where our Centre has played a leading role again and that has helped us to strengthen our strategic position as one of the most promising technological centres linked to Aeronautics. Firstly, we speak about ADM Seville 2012, a business meeting which has notably encouraged the Spanish and Andalusian business network and where supply chain players have been able to interact and lay the foundations for new agreements of collaboration at commercial level but also at technological level.

We want to highlight this last chapter, that of technology, since ADM has been the ideal shop window to show the solid RDI commitment Andalusia is carrying out in Aeronautics as well as to present its new technological capabilities and the development undertaken in areas like new aerospace materials, electronics and onboard systems, or avionics and unmanned systems, in which we are growing and becoming little by little an international reference thanks substantially to CATEC’s promoter and leadership role supported by other entities like Academia and research centres within the community.

This commitment to RDI can be appreciated in how Andalusian and Spanish companies are the more and more involved to the development and application of new innovative and pioneering technologies to give added value to their activity as well as in the knowledge transfer from technological centres which are supporting the industry as in the case of CATEC. The agreement signed between our centre and the Spanish company TECNATOM in the area of detection and hidden failures record in aerospace components is a good example and we are reporting on it in the news section and besides, that is swelling the Centre’s firm portfolio to which technology or RD project development are offered or the intense agenda and meetings we had in the course of ADM.

It is also remarkable the CATEC’s participation at the prime national forum on unmanned aircraft and systems, UNVEX, one of the most promising areas within the aerospace industry. Our participation still appealed the interest of outstanding enterprises and companies which valued positively the projects developed by our Centre in this kind of aircrafts whose results are taking us to play an important role in this field at European level. This initiatives will be soon supported by the ATLAS Experimental Flight Centre, its works are about to be started. This shows once again the strategic leading position CATEC has in the area of UAS and the importance our Centre is getting at European and international level. We keep working on that line, to let Andalusian and Spanish RDI shine the more and more with its own light.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Director



May 29th 2012
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