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


CATEC busy schedule of international and national events and technology fairs

Hannover Messe, Civil Dron 2019, the Spanish Engineering Summit or an EASA seminar in Peru were some of the most outstanding meetings attended by CATEC

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Our Centre has developed in recent weeks an intense agenda attending and participating in different events, fairs and conferences linked to national and international technology sector, in order to strengthen and expand relationships and partnerships with other key actors and entities that work in this field. Thus, we have recently participated in the Hannover Messe fair in Germany, one of the largest industrial events in the world, where we have presented our AEROX drone, and we have shown practical demonstrations of how industrial inspection is carried out by contacting this drone, thanks to the collaboration of our partners Tuv Nord and Sensima in the AEROARMS project.

We have also participated in the CORUS U-Space workshop (Concept of Operations for European UTM Systems), organized by Eurocontrol and SESAR, where we have learned about the latest advances and aspects on the future integration of drones in European airspace. Our presence at the workshop on regulation and safety of drone operations that was held at the end of February in Lima (Peru), organized by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and with the attendance of more than 100 experts from 25 countries, was also very important. Our colleague Antidio Viguria, Head of Avionics & Systems Division, was in charge of participating, presenting the experience of CATEC in standardization and technological development in drones.

Civil Drone Congress and more
Other important events attended were the Civil Drone Congress 2019, where we participated in the panel on Traffic Management of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and in a presentation of the PANDORA project ( Air-ground platform with autonomous navigation to capture reality and its application to construction), and at the conference "Metal Additive Manufacturing Challenges & Opportunities", belonging to the ADDISPACE project, where experts from Spain, France and Portugal presented the latest opportunities in Metal Additive Manufacturing for the aerospace sector.

Likewise, CATEC collaborated with the Spanish Engineering and Business Summit 2019, organized by the Andalusian Higher Engineering Association (ASIAN) and the conference "Cervera Transfer: R&D funding and opportunities in Andalusia", organized by ZABALA Innovation Consulting.

April 25th 2019
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