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


Consulting and technology partnerships with companies to encourage industry participation in R&D

CATEC offers this service to support aerospace companies in the implementation of projects that will enhance their technological development and competitiveness

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Among its advanced services, CATEC provides technical advice and assistance to encourage the participation of companies in the aerospace industry in programmes and R&D projects, both nationally and internationally. This is a service that our center provides the industry with the aim of improving their competitiveness through technological development and implementation of innovative initiatives that provide greater value to their business.

CATEC has developed this service as a technology partner in various forms of collaboration, especially in promoting the creation of partnerships between Andalusian and Spanish companies that can take advantage of the resources offered by public administrations and entities to drive R&D. From the convocations and programmes of the Government of Andalusia, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), to the European Commission.

Specifically, our Center has considerable experience in working with companies in programmes such as ERDF-Innterconecta, CIEN, the Seventh European Framework Program for Research and Innovation, the new Horizon 2020, or the plans Clean Sky and SESAR, specifically designed for the aerospace sector.

Also, CATEC organizes workshops and informational seminars promote R&D programmes, their characteristics and requirements, and deadlines for submission of proposals, as well as cases of projects developed successfully working with companies in such programmes.

For more information on this service, please contact us via email:

June 30th 2016
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