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 participated in one of the most important global meetings on unmanned aircraft systems held in EEUU

Researchers from the centre and the University of Seville, who with CATEC works closely, presented the results of the pioneering projects developed in Andalusia in this field at ICUAS’2011

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CATEC participated in one of the most important global meetings on unmanned aircraft systems held in EEUU
CATEC participated last 27th May at the most relevant aeronautical conference in the world on unmanned air vehicles (UAV’s), ICUA’S 2011 held in Denver (EEUU), and which brought together representatives from universities and the most advanced research centres from all over the world which work on researching lines at the cutting edge in unmanned air systems.
CATEC was the only European technological centre participating at this prestigious event, whose representation was charged to its scientific director, Aníbal Ollero, and its Avionic and Unmanned Systems director, Antidio Viguria, together with researchers from the University of Seville, who with the centre works closely.  The two institutions presented there their researching results developed in fields like automation of airports, environmental surveillance by intelligent aircrafts, an the jointed transportation of cargo by unmanned air vehicles. 
This leading role of the CATEC-University of Seville team in this area can be accredited in the last five years not only due to its participation in more than 20 R&D projects, but also due to the publication of more than 100 works in scientific reviews. “There are very few researching centres, universities and companies which can accredit these figures, specially in Europe”, said Aníbal Ollero, who pointed out that research and develop of unmanned air vehicles systems is more advanced in EEUU “that’s why the most relevant International Conference in this field is held in Denver”.


June 22nd 2011
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