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


Fernando Lasagni is awarded with the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international prize, by the German Society of Materials

Our Head of the Materials and Processes Division and its team have been recognized for their work in the application of additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) to new uses in the aerospace field

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Fernando Lasagni, Head of the Materials and Processes Division of CATEC, has been awarded the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international prize, by the German Society of Material (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde) in order to recognize the work and scientific projection of those researchers, ideas and technologies related to the science and engineering of the materials that have managed to be implemented in the industry and that constitute a reference for their novelty.

Dr. Fernando Lasagni and his team have been recognized for their work in the field of the application of additive manufacturing technology, popularly known as 3D printing, to new uses in the aeronautical and aerospace field, such as the manufacturing of parts for space launchers, and for different and civil and military aircraft and next-generation helicopters.

According to the German scientific society, "Lasagni’s team has participated in the development and manufacture of critical flight components, that is, structures of maximum responsibility with the highest quality requirements, which also reduce the launch and manufacturing costs, and delivery times". Another reason for the award has been the development of procedures and non-destructive tests for the qualification and quality analysis of aerospace components by computerized tomography, procedures that have been validated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Likewise, the work carried out by Lasagni and his team have been highlighted as referents in the R&D of aerospace components by 3D printing, and qualified to fly. These activities have been possible thanks to the collaboration with companies such as Airbus Defence & Space, CITD, TRYO Aerospace, Iberespacio, Zero 2 Infinity, Renishaw, Airgrup, or Alestis Aerospace, among others.

The Georg-Sachs-Preis will be awarded during a ceremony to be held in the German city of Darmstadt next September, on the occasion of the "Materials Science and Engineering" (MSE) Conference, which will bring together more than 1,500 scientists and experts from around the world in the field of Engineering and Materials Science. The work and research carried out by Lasagni and his team will also be presented at this conference.

July 10th 2018
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