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

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CATEC hosted a conference from the STEPHANIE project to identify factors of interregional cooperation and promote innovation in the space sector


The session included the participation of entities like the University of Seville, the Technological Corporation of Andalusia, the Regional Government of Andalusia and companies like AERTEC Solutions, INGEMONT, TTI and Celestia


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CATEC hosted a conference from the STEPHANIE project to identify factors of interregional cooperation and promote innovation in the space sector
Last January, CATEC facilities hosted a work conference framed within the European project STEPHANIE, where different companies, research centers, and representatives from the Andalusian government attended with aiming to analyze and identify the key factors in interregional cooperation in Andalusia to increase innovation in sectors like space.

The session, organized by our own company, CATEC, started with a presentation on the advances of the STEPHANIE (Space TEchnology with PHotonics for market and societal challenges) project. The project is also a member of the Interreg Europe call, in which CATEC participates. This project’s objectives are to encourage more R+D in observing Earth and space in order to boost the use of space applications linked to photonics and Earth observation, with strong potential in the market and growing capacity to deal with socio-environmental problems in Europe.

The conference included a working session with leaders of different businesses, entities and key organizations in the system of Andalusian innovation and knowledge, like the University of Seville, the Technological Corporation of Andalusia, the Regional Government of Andalusia and companies like AERTEC Solutions, INGEMONT, TTI and Celestia, among others.

In this session they identified good practices to contribute to the promotion of interregional cooperation in funding/financing and the growth of aerospace innovation, how to prioritize and apply them, thus supplementing STEPHANIE’s work. In this sense, the conference served to reinforce good practices and identify possible upgrades, resulting in interregional collaboration. These practices will join to the others thet members of the STEPHANIE project analysed in their second partners meeting, celebrated in Liege, Belgium.


March 1st 2018
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