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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After an intense working year, we have started 2012 with renewed energy to face a number of challenges and projects. Doubtless, one of the most interesting ones is SAFEMOBIL, an European project devoted to develop new technologies to increase the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), where we will have an outstanding participation in. Our centre will play a leading role in researching but also will be in charge of coordinating them, working together with an international team from enterprises, Academia and top level research organisms. Therefore, we start 2012 as we closed 2011, playing a leading role in the field of UAS, where we have been able to encourage and lead the First Workshop RED UAS, which brought together a hundred of experts from the most recognized research centres and entities on this area worldwide.

No doubt, commitment to research, development and innovation is the future way. The way to improve competitiveness within the Andalusian aerospace industry and its positioning in the global market. And this is a vital way to let enterprises, Academia and public organisms meet. It is also vital to let technological supply and demand flow in both directions and from knowing each other. We are already seen so: the main European projects, enterprises, Academia and technology centres collaborate side by side to transform industry’s challenges into advanced technological responses. We must try this trend to become consolidated and be expanded at a local level. We also should try to strengthen the relationships of collaboration between our Andalusian universities and enterprises involved in our thriving aerospace industry.

At CATEC we already count on Research Vice-Chancellors from some Andalusian universities. That happened in the course of a seminar where the great opportunities of feeding back between science and enterprise became evident. This is a key binomial for all the economical sectors which are based on knowledge. It is also substantial for the new productive model required by our economy.

Juan Pedro Vela
General Manager


February 7th 2012
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