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 receives the award of the I Edition of the HELICE Awards for its leadership in the innovation of the Andalusian aerospace cluster

Our Center has also been awarded the Social Sciences and Environment Academy Award for its contribution to the development of R&D in Andalusia

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CATEC has received the Innovation Development award at the I edition of the HÉLICE Awards, during a ceremony that took place at the end of February and which looks to become an annual reference meeting for the Andalusian aerospace industry to recognize the work of people, companies and entities that contribute to the aerospace sector in the community.

Antonio González Marín, president of the Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA), the managing entity of CATEC, received the prize from the hands of the astronaut Pedro Duque. With this award, the sector has recognized CATEC's European leadership in research areas such as industry 4.0, digital factory, augmented and virtual reality applied to manufacturing processes and unmanned aircraft (RPAS / UAS).

Other companies awarded in the ceremony were Airbus, and Grupo Sevilla Control, and the journalist Mike Richardson. In addition, two well-deserved posthumous tribute were awarded to two important names in the recent history of the Andalusian aerospace sector: Juan Pedro Vela, former director of CATEC, for his work in fostering innovation in the aerospace sector in Andalusia, and Francisco Mencía, former president of HELICE, for his contribution to the construction of the sector, as well as his personal and professional work.

The Regional Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce, Jose Sanchez Maldonado, presided over the award ceremony and stressed during his speech that these awards are an implicit recognition of a sector that is a point of reference for economic development in Andalusia.

Social Sciences Academy Award
Our Center has also recently been awarded the Research, Innovation and Development and Enterprise (R+I+D+E) Award from the Andalusian Social Sciences and Environment Academy. CATEC has been awarded in the category of "Research Center" for its contribution to the development of R&D in the aerospace sector and the transfer of knowledge and technology to companies in this field.

The awards ceremony took place in Seville on March 22, and was presided over by the regional Minister of the Presidency of the Andalusian Government, Manuel Jimenez Barrios; the Regional Minister of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce, Sánchez Maldonado; and the president of the Andalusian Social Sciences and Environment Academy, Antonio Pascual. The president of FADA-CATEC, Antonio Gonzalez Marín; and the Head of the Materials and Processes Division, Fernando Lasagni, received the award. The companies Gonzalez Byass and SAT Royal were also awarded in the categories of "Enterprise" and "Enterprise Initiative", respectively.

In previous editions this award was delivered to entities such as the International Campus of Excellence (ICE) Andalucía Tech, Andalusian Centre for Environmental Studies (CEAMA), the BioTic Granada International Campus of Excellence, and the International Campus of Excellence of the Sea (CEIMAR) of Cádiz.

April 18th 2017
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