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 will collaborate one more year with the celebration of the World Space Week in Seville

Our center participated with an exhibition of some works and pieces manufactured by additive manufacturing technology for the space sector

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Seville joined, for the sixth consecutive year, the World Space Week, an initiative that was held worldwide between October 4 and 10 and that had a wide program of activities developed in the capital of Seville. . The World Space Week, initiative promoted by the United Nations, is the main international event related to the use of space technologies, whose main purpose is to disseminate to the public the benefits of the Science and Space industry for Society, an industrial sector which has a relevant weight in Andalusia and a promising future.

The activities were coordinated by the Space Forum of the City of Seville, an initiative in which 30 public and private entities linked to the aerospace sector collaborated, and in which our center, FADA-CATEC, participated one more year.

The program included more than 20 activities aimed at citizens to raise awareness of the potential of the Andalusian space sector through its main social and economic agents and developed in 15 different spaces. Among the activities highlighted professional forums, conferences and round tables, educational workshops with children, visits to planetariums, exhibitions and days of open doors to companies. Specifically, our Center collaborated with an exhibition on technologies and parts manufactured by additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) for the space, which took place at the headquarters of the CREA building (Center for Advanced Business Resources).

The initiative closed with remarkable success, as more than 2,000 citizens participated in the different programmed activities. The organization foresees that next year, with Seville as the capital of the Community of Ariane Cities, the participation of both the citizens and the economic and social agents of the sector will increase.

October 30th 2018
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