In good health

We reached the middle of the year and it’s time to take stock of the path of the Andalusian aerospace sector, just after the celebration a few weeks ago of the largest business event in the industry in our country, the Aerospace & Defense Meetings 2018. An event that once again made Seville the epicenter of national and international aerospace industry, attended by the main actors of the sector, both the large tractors as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as the main contractors and national and international Tier 1 , with, whom the attending companies could maintain business contacts and explore ways of collaboration or contracts for the future.

The numbers of this fourth edition of ADM Sevilla showed that it is a fully consolidated event, and that, in part, reflect the good health of the aerospace industry in Spain and Andalusia: more than 1,100 professionals from 350 companies from 28 countries attended the fair. In the country, more than 8,000 business meetings were held among the attendees, and some 70 companies and technological infrastructures were visited. In CATEC we witnessed this, contributing to strengthen the ties of technological development that our community has in some of the areas that are called to lead the future of the sector, such as advanced robotics or Industry 4.0.

Beyond these quantitative figures it also should be noted the announcement by the President of Andalusia, Susana Diaz, on the development and implementation in the short term of the new Strategic Plan for the aerospace sector. It will focus on aspects such as innovation, development, research, talent and the competitiveness and productivity of our industry. This new plan it will allow us to take a new leap and face the great challenges of the sector in a global context, that is always difficult and that can generate uncertainties.

After ADM Sevilla, the Andalusian industry is reinforced and sets course for new markets to continue promoting its internationalization, competitiveness and know-how in the sector. The next stop is the Farnborough fair, where I am convinced that our companies will continue advancing in that goal to position and reaffirm ourselves in the top positions of the global aerospace industry.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

Projects

CATEC collaborates in the European project STEPHANIE for the promotion of the use of space applications and their implementation in the market


The initiative is part of the Interreg Europe call in which 8 partners from 7 countries participate: Italy, France, Czech Republic, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain


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Promote R&D in the field of observation of land and space, in order to promote the development of products that have a strong market potential and with capacity to address socio-environmental problems in Europe. This is the goal of the new STEPHANIE project (Space TEchnology with Photonics for market and societal challenges), a new initiative in which the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (FADA-CATEC) participates and which is part of the Interreg Europe call.

STEPHANIE brings together 8 partners from 7 areas to exchange knowledge on how to ensure that policy is designed to guarantee real benefits from space technology based on photonics, particularly in space and earth observation.

Space technologies based on photonics are considered as one of Europe’s areas of key industrial competence. They have huge potential to address a number of today’s grand societal challenges, in particular health and wellbeing, climate action and secure societies.

STEPHANIE has an execution period of five years (2017-2021), in which it aims to encourage collaboration between different regions located in Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain. The ultimate goal is to address the lack of cooperation between government agencies, companies, research centers and society, and the lack of accessible funding for actors linked to the field of innovation in the space sector. It also aims to raise awareness about the opportunities for entrepreneurship and professional specialization offered by the space sector in the labour market.


October 9th 2017
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