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 with the company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections at airports


The initiative is part of the APIA project, which leads the Andalusian engineering GHENOVA and seeks to improve the detection of defects in runways and aerial landings


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Our team is collaborating with the Andalusian company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections. This initiative is part of the APIA (Automatic Pavement Index Assessment) project, which aims to develop a new inspection system to improve the detection of defects in the runways and take-off of airports, reducing costs and inspection time while increasing the quality of records.

To achieve this, CATEC is using the latest non-destructive techniques in an infrared thermography (IRT) assisted inspection system, a high level programming language and image processing technique, using the ATLAS Experimental Flight Center facilities.

The APIA project is led by the Spanish engineering company Ghenova and also integrated by the company MC2 and the CITIC technology center. APIA is a project co-financed by Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) within the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)-Innterconecta 2015.
CATEC collaborates with the company ONTECH for the development of new solutions for pavement inspections at airports


June 14th 2017
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