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


FADA-CATEC receives the Special Prize for Innovation of the “EU Drone Awards” for an application for the use of UAS in aeronautical plants

The award was delivered in the European Parliament to the team composed by our Center, Airbus and the University Seville, which also won the prize in the category for the Best Drones Based Application of the competition

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The team formed by FADA-CATEC, Airbus and the University of Seville has recently been awarded the “EU Drone Awards” for their proposal for the use of unmanned aerial systems in various tasks of manufacture and assembly inside aerospace plants. Specifically, it has been awarded in the category to the Best Drones-Based Application, one of the three categories of the competition, in addition to the Special Innovative Prize.

This international competition, unique in Europe, seeks to promote new developments and projects of entrepreneurship based on applications with autonomous systems and unmanned systems and is part of the 5th Edition of the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) held in Brussels.

The awards were presented last January 24 at a ceremony held in the European Parliament with the attendance of representatives of FADA-CATEC, Airbus and the University of Seville, who collected the award. The team formed by FADA-CATEC, Airbus and the University of Seville has been the only Spanish team to have chosen the awards, having been selected from more than 50 proposals and applications of teams and companies from more than 14 European countries.

The application presented has been developed under the European project EUROC (European Robotic Challenges) and selected as one of the 5 best in Europe. This application proposes to use drones for tool localization tasks (FOD) and small parts logistics with the aim of reducing the times of manufacturing processes, especially inside the assembly plants of aerostructures.

The award failure has been evaluated by a panel of experts and prestigious technology companies like PwC, Intel, Parrot or the EYIF organization. The achievement of this award places FADA-CATEC and the team members at the forefront of European and international drones and aerial robotics, with the use of UAS for the development of multiple applications in the industrial field.

February 2nd 2017
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