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February 2nd 2017

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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

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