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 works on the application of infrared thermography for non destructive inspection of composite materials of various kinds

This technique can locate both surface and sub-surface defects and inspect large areas of the pieces in very short times

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Our Center has been working in recent years on the application of infrared thermography for nondestructive inspection of composite materials of various kinds (for aerospace and other sectors such as energy). It is a contactless testing technique that is more and more used in different sectors due to the increased use of composite materials in manufacturing processes, and for which conventional inspection techniques are insufficient for quality control and fault detection components.

This technology allows you to locate both surface and sub-surface defects and inspect large areas in a very short time of inspection. Infrared thermography is characterized by its speed, versatility and ease of use and it offers interesting results to detect defects in composites materials. In CATEC, there have already been developed applictions in carbon fiber material and glass, in line inspection of glued materials or anomalies detection of the sandwich structures, among others. It has also been successfully tested in the inspection of large thickness and detection of discontinuities in metal components and connectors.

CATEC performs these tests with a system of active pulsed infrared thermography, of transit and modulated (lock-in), which is available to companies that want to develop tests. For further information, please contact our laboratory at

February 26th 2014
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