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 puts at the companies’ disposal Infrared Thermography service for the defect detection in aerospace components

Companies not only can do their testing at CATEC facilities, but also they can do viability studies for its manufacturing control in the process line

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Since the use of composite materials in the aeronautical and aerospace industry is becoming more and more frequent, conventional inspection methods are insufficient for quality control and defect detection in aerospace components. Due to its quick, versatile and easy use, Infrared Thermography is one of the most interesting techniques for defect detection in aeronautical components or other productive sectors. It is a non destructive testing technique with no contact that allows locate superficial and sub-superficial defects and that can be applied to a large range of materials (metallic and composite). It also allows inspect big size areas in short times of inspection together with the advantage of portability for the accessories and required equipments.   
In Andalusia, at the Aerospace Technological Park of Andalusia (Aerópolis), CATEC have a non contact inspection system by pulsed, transit and lock-in infrared thermography which is showing a high performance and that the centre put at the companies’ disposal for their testing.

CATEC puts at the companies’ disposal Infrared Thermography service for the defect detection in aerospace components

June 22nd 2011
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