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


At the forefront of innovation

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In CATEC, we continue working to make the aerospace sector one of the leading industries for the future of the national and European economy, by placing us at the forefront of innovation and technological development in those areas that present a greater influence and business opportunities in the international aeronautical market for the coming years. This is the case of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and systems, one of our main areas of research. This is an area in which we intend to take a new leap with the development of a pioneer research project based on a sunlight UAV.

It is an innovative initiative, product of a collaboration agreement between CATEC and other three Andalusian technology centres (CITIC, CTAER and IAT) with which we intend to improve the experiences already existing with this type of aircraft, but by applying the latest technology in various fields and, what is more important, by combining the skills and knowledge that they possess in their respective areas.

Moreover, this project opens a joint cooperation framework that will allow the four technology centres to make good use of the synergies that may result from their different lines of research for the benefit of common projects and/or initiatives. Particularly in sectors of high impact at an international level (such as the aerospace or the energy ones) where Europe is facing hard technological and environmental challenges for the next decade. Spain and Andalusia have already shown to be located in top positions.

Therefore, we are in the face of an initiative that will strengthen not only the role of CATEC as a promoter of R&D in the areas of greatest future in the aerospace industry, but also that will encourage the collaboration with other agencies and research centres in order to contribute to the application of new technological developments and to the improvement of the competitiveness of our business. This is a task also fostered by CATEC in recent weeks through the participation in the Foro Transfiere (European Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation) where we have strengthened partnership with leading institutions and companies of the national technology sector, and/or also the attendance and support to the UAVs and Flight Control Systems Symposium held in Seville. These initiatives are collected in this new bulletin and they serve to show that we are on the right track.

Juan Pedro Vela
Chief Executive Officer

March 12th 2013
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