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 shows its capabilities and expertise in additive manufacturing to the main entities and companies in the defence sector

Our team participated in the “Impact of the Additive Manufacturing in Defence” workshop, organized by the Spanish Ministry and in which statements were made by other organizations such as the INTA, Airbus, Navantia, ITP, Mizar, Atos and Renishaw

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CATEC has presented its technological capabilities and experience in additive manufacturing (3D printing) to the main companies and entities of the defence sector in Spain in order to show some of the advantages and applications that this technology can have for its use in this area. This presentation took place in the “Technology Day: Impact of the additive manufacturing in defence,” held at the Higher Technical School of Engineering and Industrial Design of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and organized by the Ministry of Defence.

Our team participated with a presentation describing our experience in the aerospace sector and its direct application in structural solutions for defence. In this regard, some applications were analyzed from the point of view of their manufacturing and inspections, highlighting our long trajectory in the space industry in collaboration with companies such as Airbus in the development of components for space launchers (Ariane 5 and Vega), satellites (HIPPARCOS, SEOSAT and other telecommunications satellites), and of the aeronautical sector with components for the A400M aircraft, C295 and A320neo of Airbus.

The event was structured in several blocks on which representatives of various technological teams, universities, companies and the Ministry of Defence itself presented the latest developments in the field of additive manufacturing. Amongst them participated the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA), the Higher Technical School of Engineering and Industrial Design of the UPM, and companies such as Airbus Defence & Space; Navantia, ITP, Mizar, Atos and Renishaw.

June 14th 2017
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