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

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CATEC shows its services and technologies at JEC Composites 2011



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Spain was the honor guest country at this show because its growing presence on this market. CATEC participated at the Spanish pavilion with its own stand, where its technological capacities and technical equipment in composites and the main researching lines and most highlighted projects were presented.

The participation in JEC Composites 2011 represented a great opportunity to know last advances and evolutions of the world composites sector. It served as well to let the CATEC’s researchers exchange knowledge with experts and establish possible agreements of collaboration to develop joint projects in this technological area.

CATEC’s performances and capacities

In the composite area, CATEC researches the mechanic and non-destructive characterization of composites and structures, and also to carry out environmental and reliability tests, service failures analysis and develop new methods of components manufacturing. These processes are focused through NDT systems like Computerized Tomography through X-rays, Infra-red Thermography, Laser Shearography and Ultrasound.

Through its structural tests area, the Center also carries out mechanic test through a variety of actuators (up to 630 KN), an universal machine for 4.000 KN static/dynamic tests and equipment for the dynamic characterization of structures. It also develops design and prototypes and components manufacturing tasks for Rapid Manufacturing both in polyamide and polyamide reinforced with metals, and manufacturing of testing panels in autoclave composites.
CATEC shows its services and technologies at JEC Composites 2011


April 6th 2011
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