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 participates as an expert in a meeting of the European Defense Agency on drone technologies in the future

The seminar involved both companies related to the field of UAS as institutions and leading European research centers

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CATEC participated on September 12 as an expert in a meeting organized by the European Defense Agency (EDA) to analyze the technologies linked to the sector of unmanned aerial systems (UAS / RPAS, drones) that will have greater impact on the next 20 years in Europe in the field of security and defence.

This meeting was part of the EDA’s strategy to maintain a dialogue with the representatives of the industry and research centers regarding the long-term future prospects in the use of this type of technology. CATEC, as a leading technology center in UAS/RPAS, was selected to participate in this workshop, to which companies, academic institutions and technology centers from all over Europe were invited.

CATEC highlighted, among other aspects, the importance that autonomous and intelligent systems will have on future drones within 20 years, including the use of swarms of small aircraft for security and defence missions, and "detect and avoid" systems.
With its participation in this meeting, CATEC reinforces its position as an international reference in the development of new technologies not only applied to the aeronautical and aerospace sector but also to other sectors such as security and defence, and especially its status as an expert in the area of unmanned aerial systems or drones.

October 9th 2017
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