Andalusia looks at Space

The trajectory and experience of the Andalusian aeronautical industry is known, in general, by our society, especially after the great growth that has been experienced in the last two decades thanks to the development and participation in large aeronautical projects and programs in the heat of Airbus, and that have allowed us to diversify towards other clients and global markets and towards activities and businesses with more added value, with less tradition in our region.

That knowledge and know-how, that experience, technological capacity and competitiveness that our industry has acquired over time must now be transferred to those areas that have great potential for the future, and that, in some cases, are considered sister sectors, as is the case with Space. In FADA-CATEC we have always been clear, and if Andalusia, and Spain, in general, want to look with ambition towards the future, it should enhance its presence in the space sector, one of the most valuable and technologically charged within industrial and economic activity, and also has always been a tractor or engine for important innovations in other productive sectors.

From our Center we have been working on the ground for many years to encourage the R&D of our companies to move towards this field, and thanks to the collaboration in various projects with the industry, we have already achieved that some of the new technologies that will mark the nearest future, such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, whether applied in the Space sector, both in launchers and in satellites.

The recent edition of the World Space Week has served to emphasize the possibility that Andalusia has to bet on this industry, and to create a space to position itself as a strong region in technological capacity and competitiveness within this sector. Likewise, it has allowed us to verify that there is a great receptivity on the part of the aeronautical and technological companies for participating in the space sector, and also a strong interest of the administrations and institutions so that this presence is a reality as soon as possible and is translated into productive activity and generation of wealth and employment for our economy. Next year 2019 Seville will be the European capital of Space, an event that will undoubtedly bring new opportunities for business, investment and technological collaboration in this field, and that we should not let go. The challenge is there, now it's time to work together to achieve it.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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CATEC, presents a new version of the Foro Transfiere


Our Center participated in various round tables included in the scientific program and in different meetings to promote technological collaboration and develop projects with other businesses and entities


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CATEC, presents a new version of the Foro Transfiere
Last February 14 and 15, the seventh edition of the Foro Transfiere, the European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation, was celebrated. More than 4,000 participants from 1,500 different companies, public entities, and research and technology centers attended with the objective of establishing relations and stimulating collaborations in R+D and overall innovation in different industrial sectors.

Our Center once again returned to attend this important scientific and technological event. Specifically, our Center participated in various round table discussions in the scientific program and in different meetings to foster collaboration with other businesses and entities and establish possible business agreements.

Our head of the Division of Materials and Processes, Fernando Lasagni, participated in a round table discussion about Functional Printing and Additive Manufacturing with other high-profile speakers like the Director of the Technology Platform 3NEO, Carlos Ruiz de León, and other business leaders from CEIT-IK4, PACKNET (the Spanish Technology Platform for Packaging), ITENE (the Spanish Technology Institute of Packaging, Transportation, and Logistics), MANU-KET (the Spanish Technology Platform for Advanced Manufacturing), REGEMAT 3D, AIJU (Spanish Technology Institute for Children’s Leisure Products), the University of Navarre and the Spanish Technology Platform, FOTONICA 21.

Additionally, we were present in the Printing Innovation Zone, a qualified zone created by the Spanish Technology Aerospace Platform, where we also made a presentation about CATEC and Additive Manufacturing.


March 1st 2018
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