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 international forefront

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That the Andalusian and Spanish aeronautical industry are a benchmark in the European and international aerospace sector is something that all those who have worked within this industry for years we already know, and which has been evident not only by the quantitative growth of our companies (sales, etc.) in the last decade, but also by the qualitative growth (R&D, etc.) and the increasingly important role in the major aeronautical programmes. From FADA-CATEC we have been focusing since our creation on this last parcel, in developing innovative technologies and processes that allow companies to improve their levels of productivity and performance in a global sector, and also doing in those strategic and major added value areas that will mark the future of aeronautics (and therefore the business).

One of these areas is drone systems, and the EU Drone Awards, presented last January 24th in the European Parliament, is the ratification that we are doing this work well. This recognition comes thanks to the project carried out by FADA-CATEC with Airbus and the University of Seville for the application of unmanned systems in various tasks in the manufacturing and assembly processes of aerostructures in factories, and has led him to receive the Prize To the Best Drones Based Application, and in addition, the Special Prize of Innovation.

It is an example that clearly shows that we can develop leading technologies or pioneers at a global level from Andalusia or Spain, but that needs close collaboration with industry -in addition to the support of administrations – to develop this technology and transfer it with success to the sector. Thus we can achieve differentiation and position ourselves in the elite of the world market. In the transformation towards a new Aeronautical Factory 4.0, in the implantation of new technologies, in the development of new aerospace applications or in the promotion of aviation activities little exploited in our industry.

I'm convinced that working together will be much easier, and will allow successes that consolidate the Andalusian and Spanish sector in the leading positions of the international aerospace industry.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
CATEC Director Manager

February 2nd 2017
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