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

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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