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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Andalusia, with the challenge of Space



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Andalusia and Spain have become in recent years a clear benchmark in the international aerospace industry, thanks to its great aeronautic tradition and, especially, to the development that our industry has experienced with its participation in large programs of commercial and military aircrafts of Airbus and EADS. This growth has not only been in production and expertise ability in areas such as aero-structures and composite materials, but also in innovation and technological development, enhancing its activity towards higher value-added areas.

We have made remarkable steps forward but we must take a leap and exploit the technological and business opportunities in other markets in which we have not deepened so far. One of them is the space, one of the strategic sectors of the European economy noteworthy for its high technological component and the significant economic return that the investments in this area generate, since it is estimated that for every euro invested in space there are direct technological activities multiplied sixfold.

Andalusia already has a tradition of research in this field, as evidenced by the activities undertaken by about 45 research groups, mainly government agencies and universities, and an emerging industry that already develops space technologies associated with earth observation and satellite navigation. The challenge is to continue investing and diversifying our business into this area. The strong foundation that the aeronautical industry represents can contribute greatly to the development of space activities and to the sector’s growth into new areas of high technological and innovative component.

The new Aerospace Action Plan for the sector in Andalusia in the period 2014-2017 for the first time includes specific actions that support the development of the space industry, something we are already doing in CATEC and that we want to continue enhancing from our Centre through new projects and initiatives that contribute to the promotion of this activity among the Andalusian aeronautical companies. We are convinced that this is the best way to position ourselves strategically in the sector and to make our industry to continue growing in the future.

Juan Pedro Vela
General manager


November 26th 2013
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