Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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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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